The Spirit of Birth Workshop: An Open Access Resource

In the last three decades, women in New Zealand, as in the rest of the Western world, have experienced escalating levels of intervention during childbirth and a declining ‘normal’ birth rate – the latter being recorded as 65.0% of all … Continue reading

Waterbirth Workshop: An Open Access Resource

Birthspirit’s Waterbirth Workshop provides the opportunity to establish and/or enhance evidence-informed practice around the safe and effective use of water during labour and/or birth). It is designed for health professionals but it is anticipated that women exploring the waterbirth option … Continue reading

The story that got midwives and obstetricians talking together

A multi-disciplinary hospital meeting to air issues raised by women’s feelings of dissatisfaction with obstetric consultations for breech-presenting babies is discussed by self-employed midwives Margaret Gardener and Jenny Crawshaw. Originally published in Birthspirit Midwifery Journal 2010; 5: 63-67. References updated … Continue reading

The obstetric bed: resistance in action

Originally published in Birthspirit Midwifery Journal 2009; 4: 43-46. Revised Bedbirthing has predominated in Western countries reputedly since it gained acceptance after Louis XIV’s mistresses birthed in bed; the king covertly watched from behind a curtain Glasscheib (1963, p. 91). … Continue reading

The FTPs of caesarean section

Originally published in Birthspirit Midwifery Journal 2009; 4: 25-30. Revised. The artwork in this post was historically available at http://cesarean-art.com. As the artist did not engage in dialogue, permission was unable to be sought to reproduce this previously freely available … Continue reading

Are midwives more ‘at home’ at home?

Evidence that place of birth influences midwifery practice is discussed by Suzanne Miller. In this post, originally published in Birthspirit Midwifery Journal 2009; 1: 7-11, Suzanne introduced her own Masters research which examined similarities and differences in practice of a … Continue reading