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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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
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
No other natural bodily function is painful and childbirth should not be an exception. — Grantly Dick-Read
I can promise you that women working together - linked, informed and educated - can bring peace and prosperity to this forsaken planet. — Isabel Allende
All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward. — Ellen Glasgow
The greatest joy is to become a mother; the second greatest is to be a midwife. — Norwegian proverb
We need to have their hearts before we can open their minds. — Dr Gordon Neufeld
Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible. — Frank Zappa
A loving heart is the truest wisdom. — Charles Dickens
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