From Best Daily 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
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.
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’!