July 22, 2019

Isabelle from Quilpie Accidental Home HypnoBirth

I woke at 2 am to use the toilet and noticed I had lost my uterine seal. Thinking nothing of it I went back to bed. I was getting cramps in my back within 30 mins. My waters broke at 3 am and surges started to heat up at...

December 15, 2018

I’m pregnant- Now what?

Firstly, congratulations! What an amazing journey you’re embarking on. It’s probably equally daunting, as there are so many decisions to make- now and during your pregnancy, labour and birth.

Our body is doing so much work for us “behind the scene...

November 11, 2018

Stretch and sweeps

Often "undersold", but they are an intervention. For some care providers, these are "routine". A stretch and sweep is a procedure where baby's sac is separated from the cervix in an attempt to stimulate prostaglandin and therefore labour. This is done...

April 26, 2017

My personal background:

Back in 2011, I began my maternity consumer representative journey. With a very small 10-day-old baby rested upon my shoulder, and a dodgey skype connection, I was catapulted into the political landscape of birth. It was my first “meeting” for co...

April 10, 2017

There are plenty who comment “my birth plan went out the window during labour, so what’s the point in having one?!” The foundation of a birth plan shouldn’t be the “tick and flick” sheet of preferences, nor a lengthy essay about what you do and don’t want during labour...

February 26, 2017

Your cervix is attached to your uterus. It has a small opening- one which allows your menstration to pass through, and allows sperm through, but during pregnancy, it actually develops a seal. This seal is commonly known as a mucous plug (gah! Who named our lady parts w...

February 7, 2017

In the last couple months, the Australian Medical Association’s Queensland branch has been quite damning of maternity care in this state, in what seemingly is credible public statements they’ve made (after all- they are doctors, who are meant to be reasonably intellige...

December 28, 2016

The philosophy of yoga has been around for about 5000 years. The meaning of the word yoga comes from Sanskrit (ancient sacred language of Hinduism  and Mahayana Buddhism), and it means "to yoke" or "to join". 

Given it's meaning of "union", and joining, it def...

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