What are your thoughts on The Birth Map?
You have a right, and a responsibility, to be Informed.
There is a myriad of evidence to support the birthing mapping approach as not only a powerful tool to support women, but also their partners and the care providers. The Birth Map has the potential to save the public purse $200M annually in birth costs and a further $538M in perinatal mental health for women and men. Most importantly - it has the potential to make your experience of pregnancy, birth and parenting a positive one.
In addition to increasing access to the Continuity of MIDWIFERY carer model, including public funded homebirth in all areas, to reflect best practice, I have a SOLUTION, one that could save money for the government, improve outcomes for families and the working environment for midwives. It is based on sound science, and meets the Government Initiative Maternal Health and the First 2000 Days, would support the newly endorsed Woman-Centred Care: Strategic Directors for Australian Maternity Services, and meet the requirements of the (under review) Perineal Tears Clinical Standards.
This solution comes in the form of a ‘pregnancy and beyond package’ that encourages informed decision making and facilitates communication…and yes my book is an important feature:
The (proposed) Pregnancy and Beyond Package
The first birth is a major transitional experience..it is not just one day. Subsequent births are just as important, and unique and transformational in their own right.
The very simple act of providing THE QUESTIONS to ask, facilitating informed discussions with care providers, has the potential to improve the maternity experience for all involved.
Our focus on ‘informed’ consent has skipped the very important step of choice. By skipping to consent, we are creating a platform where one choice is displayed as ‘right’, and others are either not displayed or dismissed as ‘wrong’. Consent assumes and coerces the yes. Respectful maternity care is diverse and supportive, and allows time for discussion and personal exploration. We need to know the questions in order to do this. Modern birthing is a medical environment, whether medical care is required or not. Navigating this without a Map is like moving through a labyrinth of changing walls. Guessing our way, trying to determine who to trust, second guessing and feeling vulnerable.
With a map, the walls are removed. We can make informed decisions feeling confident we have all the information we need to apply to our unique circumstances.
There is no one way.
We all have the right to determine the best pathways for ourselves.
If you have already seen the book, please comment below.
Your comment might be a review, a testimonial or a plea on behalf of future pregnancies.
Women deserve to know what they need to ask.
Do you think The Birth Map is reaching it's potential?
Is this the tool to help navigate the Maternity System?
Tell me what you think!
My goal is to never hear another woman say: