Ancient Art Midwifery Institute

I had the pleasure to interview Lori Barklage, the director of AAMI for my podcast. The school was founded by Carla Hartley in 1981, following her own hospital birth that went badly. She realised there was a need for information on physiological birth. Carla felt that the family was being lost in all of this and […]

Let’s talk about birth plans

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.5.1″] Birth plans became popular in response to the increasing number of interventions being done and the apparent disregard for respecting your choices. Without a birth plan, it is easy to feel as if you have no say, no control and it is difficukt to be an active participant in your own […]

Childless not by choice – an interview with Jody Day

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_code _builder_version=”3.0.105″]<iframe width=”100%” height=”300″ style=”background-color:transparent; display:block; padding: 0; max-width: 700px;” frameborder=”0″ allowtransparency=”allowtransparency” scrolling=”no” src=”//embeds.audioboom.com/posts/6863441-childless-not-by-choice/embed/v4?eid=AQAAAI2nCVtRumgA” title=”Audioboom player”></iframe>[/et_pb_code][et_pb_text] Jody Day Interview Jody Day is both a thought leader and a change maker and an advocate for women’s choice and respect through her own personal challenges of being childless NOT by choice. Jody is the founder […]

Increased access to information about birth online – enemy or ally?

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_code _builder_version=”3.0.105″]<iframe width=”100%” height=”300″ style=”background-color:transparent; display:block; padding: 0; max-width: 700px;” frameborder=”0″ allowtransparency=”allowtransparency” scrolling=”no” src=”//embeds.audioboom.com/posts/6850122-technology-in-midwifery-enemy-or-ally/embed/v4?eid=AQAAAH4a9FpKhmgA” title=”Audioboom player”></iframe>[/et_pb_code][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.105″ background_layout=”light”] This post is a bit different as it is a recording of my presentation at the Sensitive Midwifery Symposium in JHB, South Africa.  Embracing technology has been hard for me but a couple of years ago I […]

Holistic Birth

There is a lot of talk about holistic health and living but how does it apply to pregnancy and birth and what difference does it make? Fifteen years ago, I dismissed it as just another fad. After all I was still working in the hospital system and following hospital policies and procedures. But then I […]

Fear, Love and Birth

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. ― John Lennon Just as the fear of an actress before she steps on stage fuels her to give […]

5 Tips for Expats Expecting

You’ve just landed in a foreign country on an expat assignment and you find out you are pregnant. All of a sudden everything changes because you are bringing a baby into the world. Naturally you want everything to be perfect and instead it all just feels strange. I hear you. I am a serial expat […]