June 19th 2020
Molly has blogged about the latest research on C19 and pregnancy. It establishes that pregnant women are at no more risk of developing severe C19 symptoms than the wider population. As a result he latest guidelines from The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have been modified
The Advanced and Introductory Biomechanics courses at Effra Space originally planned for June 6th and 7th will now run on October 3rd and 4th.
We are starting to re-book courses from September onwards, prioritising dates already booked and paid for before restrictions came into force. As soon as have confirmed these dates we will circulate a poll to build a picture of when course organisers feel courses might start again.
The first "Moving for an Easier Birth Online" couse took place last Tuesday - it went down well with participants and was almost free of hitches. The next course is scheduled for Tuesday 7th July - and every three weeks from then on. Please feel free to share this information!
An on-line course for professionals is on it's way. We are getting a lot of demand - please be patient. It's proving to be a bit more of a task than we first imagined - not helped by a world shortage of decent web cams as Zoom has risen to the fore. We are slowly putting things together but it unlikely to be fully fledged until late July.
"Galactic Baby" -award winning image from Cat Fancote - all rights reserved https://birthphotographyperth.com.au/
Over the past few years, there have been times when the debate about childbirth and especially choices about how and where to give birth, have become deeply polarised. As always, the media have been quick to reduce the debate to extremes, pitting dire warnings of “certain death if a baby is born at home” against "natural birth at any price".
While these extreme views do exist among birth practitioners they are rare, but any birth practitioner not blindly wedded to the guidelines will acknowledge there is much about the status quo in many obstetric units that work actively against "a good birth". It’s also recognised that challenging institutional drivers of practices can be very difficult, even those with little or no evidence to support them.
As a midwife my role is to help women have the best birth possible. I understand the medical model plays an important role but I also believe many interventions are used inappropriately. All too frequently attempts to question mainstream practice tends to degenerate into a “natural birth versus managed birth” argument. That’s the wrong debate. It should be “how birth practitioners can embrace best practice to make sure all women can have an optimal birth”.
This site was initially created to publicise my planned post retirement business, teaching women the approaches to labour and birth I’d evolved to help them have the best birth possible. Events have pushed me from antenatal teaching into a roving trainer for professional colleagues who are motivated by the same urge to help women have an “Optimal Birth”. It's taken over my life over the past 18 months - one of the positives of the enforced break is having time to develop online resources for both pregnant women and colleagues - no more excuses for delays!