Watch this space…
-’Even in the midst of tears and pain, liquid gold flows forth‘
An inspiring and courageous story of Jennifer Coias from Brazil, who so tragically lost her baby due to stillbirth at 35 weeks, who in the face of everything, as a way of honoring her son Jude, is giving the amazing gift of breast milk to donate to other babies in need. She is still only 9 days post partum, and has been pumping around the clock with an old, used, broken pump held together by a bungee cord!
Through heart-felt donations from individuals, including a couple of mothers who had lost babies of their own, intactivists Jennifer had worked with in the past (the Barefoot Intactivist, among others), and a gift from The International Breastfeeding Symbol Store, they were able to secure a quality pump for Jennifer, as well as a few much needed breast shields and supplies.
The pump is currently on its way via flight (with a friend) to Brazil and we all hope it will be in Jennifer’s hands soon.
Truly, she is the epitome of all that World Milksharing Week represents: liquid love bottled for any baby and mother in need.
‘If a Doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it’ Dr John Kennell 1998 DONA International Founder I believe every mother should have a Doula.I believe that Doulas have the power to enable women to experience … Continue reading
Sarah Buckley, MD, Author of ‘Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering’
Kerstin Uvnäs Moberg, MD & Professor in Physiology, Author of, ‘The Oxytocin Factor’
Pretty convincing reasons why natural birth is not just important for the Mother, but for society as a whole.
Quotes taken from the ‘One World Birth’ trailer. Click here to check out their website
When interns in a Boston hospital were asked to define a ‘good patient’, one reply was,
‘She does what I say, hears what I say, believes what I say…a good patient is compliant. Not only does she conform, but she thanks the professionals because they ‘save’ her baby. She is grateful regardless of what they do to her. Women who fail to conform in this way are seen as ‘difficult patients’.
’Rediscovering Birth’ By Sheila Kitzinger
Is this how you want to be treated? As a good or bad patient? Conforming to what someone else tells you about what is happening to your body and your baby. Being grateful regardless of what someone else does to you?
I feel disgusted reading this snippet. Who do these people think they are? Some kind of superhero who flies in to save the day? Yes they may have a lot of knowledge, but it doesn’t mean that knowledge is correct, or conducive to normal birth, or even the best interest of the mother or baby.
In what other aspect of life are we OK with conforming to what someone else tells us?
Why is it, in birth that this is so commonly accepted?
Great visual taken from www.theunnecesarean.com
Despite the invention and development of many new technologies over the years, our bodies function in exactly the same ways as our ancestor’s did (virtually none of whom had any access to any birth technologies). Babies are still made the … Continue reading
I’m really excited as a Midwife and a Doula, and someone who loves all things birth, about the launch of this new project. I’m equally excited that the 2 front runners of this project are Brits!! 2 wonderfully passionate film … Continue reading
I think everyone by now is fully aware that I am a big home and natural birth fan. However, as much as I like to talk about it, I am aware that this is not, and should not be for … Continue reading