What to Do When Your Friends and Family Don’t Support Your Birth Plan

Let’s face it; planning the birth you truly want to have is tough enough. There’s a lot of work you have to do to educate yourself, un-learn the myths and misconceptions, shift your mindset, do deep inner work to release fears and anxieties, and then there’s also that search for the care provider who willContinue reading “What to Do When Your Friends and Family Don’t Support Your Birth Plan”

How to Get Over Your Fear of Birth

When I think back to what “went wrong” with my first birth and what can “go wrong” for so many new mothers, they all have one thing in common: We didn’t know what we didn’t know. I touched on this a little bit in my previous post, but what I didn’t talk about was howContinue reading “How to Get Over Your Fear of Birth”

10 Things I Wish I Had Known As a First-Time Newly-Expecting Mom

I will confess that I went into my first pregnancy woefully unprepared. Most of my life I had only ever grown up seeing birth as painful and horrifying. In fact, I used to hide my eyes during birthing scenes on TV. I’m also not a fan of needles, doctors, or hospitals. I don’t like painContinue reading “10 Things I Wish I Had Known As a First-Time Newly-Expecting Mom”

Why Women Birth Outside the System: How a Group of Researchers Came to the Conclusions We In Birth Advocacy Work Have Been Saying For Years

In my usual scroll through Facebook I came across a post from Midwife Thinking. For those of you who don’t know, Dr. Rachel Reed is a midwife in Australia, where maternity care is even more polarized and politicized than here in Canada. I often look at what is happening in Australia and the UK whenContinue reading “Why Women Birth Outside the System: How a Group of Researchers Came to the Conclusions We In Birth Advocacy Work Have Been Saying For Years”

If You Think That We’re Just Avoiding Hospitals Because of Covid, You Aren’t Paying Attention

It’s begun. The divisive topic of home vs hospital has reached its peak, thanks in part to Covid 19, but also thanks to a new generation of women and birthing people who just don’t want the status quo anymore. Predictably, the outbreak of the virus has been used as an argument FOR or AGAINST homeContinue reading “If You Think That We’re Just Avoiding Hospitals Because of Covid, You Aren’t Paying Attention”

There’s No (Safer) Place Than Home Right Now

First of all, I just want to thank everyone who has been following me on Facebook and has contributed a story to the Birth Trauma Project. I want to assure you all that I will get back to work on reaching out and getting these stories written and posted, but with the nature of theseContinue reading “There’s No (Safer) Place Than Home Right Now”