Why Do You Want Your Baby To Die? Coercive Language And Induction Experiences

Monday 16 October 2017

After reading a story online and some of the events I have heard about and witnessed, I put out a request for experiences around coercion and intervention relating to sweeps and induction and whether other options had been offered. My heart hurts and this post definitely needs a trigger warning.

Some of these stories are more recent than others, all these women still remember their births in detail - and I know that all of this still happens.

Thank you for opening your hearts and sharing your experiences.

The Lady of The Land

Monday 12 June 2017

I often go to Drum Circles in South Wales and all over the country as well as other retreats and workshops, there is usually someone running things, but in the background there is often someone who works the sacred land on which we stand and whose hard work is often missed.

​Unless you have been involved in the setting up of an event it can be hard to realise how much work goes into making it happen, not just by the event organisers, but by those who look after the venue 24/7 365 days a year and create beautiful and sacred spaces.

You Will Never Birth at Home They Said

Friday 19 May 2017

This is a poem about the barriers I faced and the subsequent triumphant birth of my fourth child at 42. It is the story of my 21 year journey from birth trauma to ecstatic birth. It is also a story of quietly not being pulled into endless discussion of risk.

Hospital Birth can also be an amazing, empowering experience - the key being that a woman's informed choices are respected.

Sleeping On My Knee

Friday 31 March 2017

Life is at full speed in a family with 4 children.

Sometimes though it finds a way to make you slow down.

There are precious moments, when no matter how much you have to do, you just cannot do any of it.

I wrote this in March 2015, when child 1 was 19, child 2, 7, child 3, 5 and child 4, 2 and 4 months.