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