|Family Pic by Karen E|
You might have read on our home page that giving birth naturally was the best thing that ever happened to me! It was the most affirming and empowering experience of my life, and I would love to help other women to experience something similar. We seem to have the idea that a positive birth experience is the exception and not the norm, whereas I firmly believe that with some extra preparation from all parties involved, birth can be great experience for many more women.
For the sake of a little privacy, I won't be telling you my name, age, or banking details (unless of course you are wanting to make a deposit!), but I will tell you that I have the most wonderful husband, to whom I have been married for almost 6 years now, and we have two gorgeous girls. With daughter #2 I kept a pregnancy diary which you might like to read, and we are so glad that we did have the home water birth we planned for.
My other passion is giving people the opportunity to make informed choices.
My other passion, as you will see over and over on my site, is giving people the opportunity to make informed choices. The more research I do, the more I realize that evidence-based care is distressingly rare, and when moms and dads are better informed, they can put pressure on the powers that be to adjust practice and policy towards a more evidence-based approach. My idea for Giving Birth Naturally is to run the site as a non-chronological blog because, although I like the conversational feel of a blog, I find them difficult to navigate. So here you will find evidence based information, as well as anecdotes 'from the trenches'.
I sometimes think that I wish I'd known ten years ago what I know now about birth and babies; I might have studied midwifery instead of art! But then I know that I am where I need to be right now, although I do look forward to the days when my children are old enough for me to go dashing off at all hours of the day and night to deliver babies. Yes, I'd love to be a midwife, preferably a private midwife. Here in South Africa there are no direct-entry midwifery courses; I would need to do a full nursing qualification and right now I just don't have the time or the finance for that! I am doing a doula course, so if you're in KZN in South Africa and you need a doula, please contact me!
Until then I hope to do some midwifery correspondence courses and as always, I will keep reading and researching to be able to offer you accurate and well-referenced information to help you make informed choices of your own. You'll find that some of the information may be specific to South Africa, as that is where I live, but should be relevant to moms and dads everywhere. If you have any questions, comments or ideas to share, please drop me a note and let me know! I'd love to hear from you...
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