This month I managed some new posted on my wordpress (it is where I express my opinion, or release my thoughts in poems). I have been focused on a literature review, and this prompted two posts looking at the language of [birth plans]:
want a positive birth? say please
diplomacy politeness and the underlying threat
and into the sexism that seems apparent in childbirth:
sexist snow clearing
And I reviewed a podcast...which suggested the [birth plan] is no [birth plan].:
the best plan is no plan - or is it?
You'll also notice [birth plan]....the literature is overwhelmingly showing that the problem is the term plan. The suggestions of 'preferences' and 'wishes', 'guide', 'statement', 'flow chart' and 'partnership' are among the alternatives....all agreeing that a new term is needed to better explain the intent because birth is "unpredictable". Preparedness, communication, empowerment, flexibility... if only someone had a good term...and a tool to aid in the decision making....
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Check out this news from state side - Dr Neel Shah reckons communication is the key!
Dog Training for Babies? Sit Bubba. Sit!
Maternity's Gold Standard of care now available in rural Queensland town
Mount Isa proves it is possible!
One Mothers Story: The more I learn about breastfeeding, the more amazed I am
Rachel Reed (Midwife Thinking) updated her cord blood donation post
Annabel Crabb asks: why aren't more men taking parental leave?
Footprints from 80 000 years ago: walking with neanderthals
New research being reported on Essential Baby website: Planned Homebirth as safe as hospital birth, which Prof Hannah Dahlen summarises on Science Direct and concludes "Perhaps we need to ask: is hospital birth safe or sustainable for low risk women in developed and developing nations? To go down this path, we need to change the embedded narrative, to embrace a definition of safety that women instinctively understand and strive for, including physical, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual safety. It is time we recognized the need for all the professional and maternity consumer groups to unite and agree on the central principles needed to ensure women have safe options when they choose their place of birth, whatever that choice may be."
Perhaps you'd like to know how birth interventions affect babies health in the short and long term. This is important knowledge, to be considered in advance. Some interventions are necessary, knowing when or why will help you recognise when to activate this pathway. Preparations will also enable you to prepare for the best possible outcomes, which ever pathway you must take.
Big Babies: The risk of care provider fear by Rachel Reed of Midwife Thinking looks at the evidence behind the Big issue.
dr stus podcast 151 subtle coercion is still coercion in which Dr Stu and Blyss discuss Dr Stu's resent blog post on strawmen and other interesting things.
Implied Consent - Birth Monopoly talks to the founder of Human Rights in Childbirth. As an aside, in 2015 Cristen Pascucci of Birth Monoloply said " We’re masking the trauma of maternity care as trauma of childbirth"
FOR MORE ON THESE TOPICS
The Nocebo Effect
We Should Be Focused on Choice not Consent
8 Factors that influence your birth choices
Depicting Grantly Dick-Read being inspired by birth without fear artist Natalie Lennard explores this moment in time, for her Birth Undisturbed Series
Grantly Dick-Read (born January 26, 1890 in Beccles , Norfolk , died June 11, 1959 in Wroxham , Norfolk) was an English gynecologist who campaigned for natural birth .
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