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Birth By Numbers

We’ve heard my birth stories and looked at what birth looks like on television. Now it’s time to look at the real nitty gritty statistics, and find out what they say. I will be focusing on the state of NSW, Australia, and the data comes from the NSW Mothers And Babies Report 2009, the most ...

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Birth On The Box.

Please note: if you are squeamish, prudish, or male, then consider yourself warned that this post contains images depicting pregnant, labouring, and birthing women. In bikini’s.  It seems that despite the endless number of books and magazines devoted to the topic of pregnancy and birth, there is a strange lack of television shows focusing on the ...

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2008: “…baby, it’s you.”

This final birth story is the one I always wanted to write, and I’m so excited to share the detail for the first time. Life was going nicely. The kids were growing up, we were enjoying holidays, restaurants, and being able to make last minute plans. I had once and for all lost all the baby ...

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1999: “…Oh, the joy!”

Welcome back to the June series looking at all things birth. It’s now time to hear about how we welcomed baby number three. Back when we were dating, both my Husband and I were surprised to discover that we each wanted four children. Fast forward to 1998, and talk turned to our third child. It ...

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1995: “I did it! I did it!”

Welcome to the next installment in my June series on birth. In my last post I shared the birth of my first child, and now it’s time to look at the difference a year can make. We left the hospital with our first baby and entered that strange world that is life with a newborn. ...

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1994: “Welcome to a modern hospital birth…”

*Please note: this is a very long post. I have agonised over the editing, but I really feel that I need to tell it in it’s entirety. It’s less the documenting of every stage and contraction, more the emotions and impressions that have stayed with me that I want to share. This birth left me ...

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Stork Month: Birth, Babies, & Beyond.

It’s almost June! What?! How on earth have we hit the middle of the year already? I know the extra layers and cooler weather are a bit of a hint here in the southern hemisphere, but I am sure it was January about five minutes ago. Really. No? For some reason I find myself thinking ...

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When Reality Bites.

Maybe I can blame it on all those movies with their fake bumps. Or the magazines with their unattainable airbrushed perfection and endless how-to articles. All I know is that when I found myself pregnant for the first time back in the day, i.e. 1993, I had a certain idea of how things would play ...

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Story Time.

I love birth stories. I don’t know about all women, but I am fascinated by them. I have a whole shelf on my bookshelf dedicated to all things birth, babies, and pregnancy, but my favourite part of it all are the moving, emotional, and deeply personal birth stories. I simply can not get enough of ...

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Birth MATTERS.

This is a post I have agonised over. It’s a post I have debated even publishing. I have gone over every word and sentence with a fine-tooth comb. Why? Because it’s about what I think of the maternity system in Australia at the moment. Let me be clear: by “maternity system” I don’t mean pregnant ...