There is no One Way
But there is Your Way
Informed Birth Preparation assumes nothing and prepares for anything.
With Informed Birth Preparation it is Your Birth, Your Way: no matter what.
I am Catherine Bell
I was a mother-in-waiting for three years, but it was not until I was in 'the club' that I became privy to certain knowledge. There have been so many 'if I knew then' moments!
After three years of waiting to join the elusive Motherhood Club, I had expected some kind of fanfare. But there wasn't one.
By the time my third was born, I had trained as a doula (with Optimum Birth and under the mentorship of Jennifer Staniforth) and as a breastfeeding educator and counsellor (with the Australian Breastfeeding Association). Both these traineeships revealed the lost information that all mothers need.
The biological, innate knowledge we need in order to take ownership of our journey.
Bellabirth.org was born out of my drive to share this knowledge. I became a Birth Cartographer.
I was frustrated at the need-to-know nature of the maternity system, and the limited information provided when facing decisions. Using my Science degree (majored in Anthropology and Biology), my honours (morphology), my Masters (Science Communication) and the specialist certificates in Breastfeeding Counselling and Education and doulaing, I set off on my mission.
The more I learned, the more concerned I became.
Why were so many women being robbed of this rite of passage into motherhood?
Why were mothers cast aside as if they were brain-dead cretins?
Why did so many women feel the need to follow instructions and schedules to the letter?
Where was instinct?
Where was the celebration?
ALL women need the opportunity to find their Own Way.
Birth Cartography creates a map and compass, providing information to help you navigate along the path that is most interesting and most comfortable to you.
The Journey is important.
How we get to the destination leaves a mark, it becomes the foundation for next adventure: parenthood.