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Giving birth in a stable might be better than a labour ward

From  on Tuesday, Dec 23 2014 with New Zealand modifications by Denise Hynd

The ‘greatest birth story ever told’ has a lot to teach 21st century policy makers, writes Milli Hill

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When it comes to giving birth, maybe newer, shinier and more technological isn’t necessarily better. The world was baffled recently when new UK guidelines for pregnant women stated quite clearly that hospital was the LEAST safe place to give birth – how very mysterious! Could it be that those beeping machines and vigilant docs, which we’d all been led to believe epitomised progress and were so very essential to our labours, were actually making things worse?!

It seems like the world is finally waking up to the fact that birth is something so fundamentally human – like eating, sleeping, making love – that it does not benefit from the interference of modern technology. With birth, we need to go back to basics, and to allow ourselves to be mammals. And so, although the straw might be a little spiky on the knees, a stable might be just the place to have a baby. Here’s why: Continue reading

Love and Fear.

There are only two feelings: Love and Fear

There are only two languages: Love and Fear

There are only two activities: Love and Fear

There are only two  motives, two procedures,

Two frameworks, two results : Love and Fear,

Love and Fear.

Michael Leunig

 

Why Birth Matters?

My joy in reflecting, sharing and celebrating the experiences and knowledge that Birth Matters is why this web-site has been created, why it and my services are called Birth Matters. I hope others will join me on this web site to share what we are all learning about why and how ‘Birth Matters’.

To launch this site I am linking readers to a video of US  midwives  explaining, discussing and celebrating their experiences and evidence-based knowledge of how ‘Birth Matters’ to women, their babies and communities! These midwives speak of birth as transformative as well as hard work for women, their babies, partners and communities as well as significant for the future of our planet. My experiences as a midwife in the UK, Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand have shown me the truth of what these midwives say about how ‘Birth Matters’!

Denise Hynd

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The greatest joy is to become a mother; the second greatest is to be a midwife. — Norwegian proverb
Trust children. Nothing could be more simple, or more difficult. Difficult because to trust children we must first learn to trust ourselves and most of us were taught as children we could not be trusted. — John Holt
I can promise you that women working together - linked, informed and educated - can bring peace and prosperity to this forsaken planet. — Isabel Allende
Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible. — Frank Zappa
We need to have their hearts before we can open their minds. — Dr Gordon Neufeld
No other natural bodily function is painful and childbirth should not be an exception. — Grantly Dick-Read
All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward. — Ellen Glasgow
Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers – strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength. — Barbara Katz-Rothman
Nothing in life is to be feared it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so we can fear less. — Marie Curie
A loving heart is the truest wisdom. — Charles Dickens