Maternity Coalition Movie Night 20/11 – ‘Midwife’

Don’t miss the Australian premiere of the film ‘Midwife‘ on Wednesday 20 November at the Maternity Coalition Movie Night in Elwood at 7:30 at the Elwood St. Kilda Neighbourhood Learning Centre, 87 Tennyson Street, Elwood.  For a preview, check out the trailer below.  I’ll be there volunteering and really hope to see you on Wednesday! […]

Check out the Preview of ‘Bump’!

I just had to share this preview from ‘Bump!’, a new book in the works by Kate Evans, author of ‘Breastfeeding: The Food of Love’. Kate’s illustrations and description of undisturbed birth are entertaining and educational at the same time. Can’t wait to add this to my collection when it comes out in 2014!

The wise and well regarded Dr. Sarah J. Buckley, author of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering:  A Doctor’s Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting Choices, will be speaking in Melbourne on Thursday, 21 November, 6:30 – 9:30pm at The Australian Catholic University in Fitzroy (see below for full details).  Sarah is considered the foremost […]

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Why Women Who Fear Childbirth Spend More Time in Labour

An article appeared recently in Time magazine entitled ‘Why Women Who Fear Childbirth Spend More Time in Labour’.  The research findings presented weren’t particularly surprising. This study showed that women who fear childbirth are more likely to labour longer, have an instrumental delivery (birth assisted by forceps or Ventouse vacuum extraction) and have a Caesarean […]

Visit Maternity Coalition at the Pregnancy, Baby and Children’s Expo this Weekend

Billing itself as the “must-see parenting event of the year”, the Pregnancy, Baby and Children’s Expo is on this weekend in Melbourne at The Melbourne Exhibition Centre in South Wharf, from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October.  The Expo features a broad range of products and services for expectant parents, babies and kids as well […]

Maternity Coalition Movie Night Wednesday 23/10, Elwood

The next Maternity Coalition Film Night will be held on Wednesday evening, 23 October, at 7:30 pm, at the Elwood St. Kilda Learning Centre at 87 Tennyson St, Elwood. Birth Movement: Preventive Obstetrics and Postnatal Care Using midwifery knowledge, experience and scientific research, this movie focuses on positions and movement that can make the process […]

Little Rose’s Birth

I haven’t had a chanced to post lately as I’ve been busy supporting little Rose’s parents through her lengthy labour and birth. Rose’s mother is so inspiring – she pushed back the “elective” cesarean her hospital was trying to schedule 3 different times. As a result, Rose was born when she was ready, not according […]

A lovely Poem

A Handful of Hope If we hope to create a non-violent world, where respect and kindness replace fear and hatred… We must begin with how we treat each other at the beginning of life. For that is where our deepest patterns are set. From these roots grow fear and alienation ~ or love and trust. […]

Responding to Baby Cues

This is an excellent position paper from the Australian Association for Infant Mental Health (AAIMHI) on the importance of timely and appropriate response to babies’ cues (“Position Paper 2: Responding to Babies’ Cues”). Based on their research, the AAIMHI highlight that “Babies become distressed if left to cry alone, and this can precipitate negative long […]

Mothers, Babies & Bedsharing

Researchers from Murdoch University’s School of Health Professions are urging health organisations to reconsider their attitudes to mothers and babies bedsharing (co-sleeping). As this article highlights, “… there is no research that shows an inherent risk for bedsharing and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)”. Furthermore, the article states “what we should be focusing on is […]