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Birth Trauma Week 2020

Birth Trauma Week 2020


This week as we move through Birth Trauma Week 2020 (Sept 6 – 12) the rhetoric online has bothered me more than ever. In these troubled times we seem to judge each other now far more than ever and that makes it even more difficult for people to communicate openly and honestly about this difficult subject.

Birth Trauma is not difficult to define, it is simply whatever a woman considers traumatic in her birth. Given the system in which most women experience their labour and birth care is made up predominantly of strangers in a very intimate time, it is no wonder that positive reflections on birth are few and far between. Women will also often initially reflect that unexpectedly harder than they thought or where things haven’t been as they wished or planned is also ‘traumatic’. This too is fraught - the inability to unpack the experience which may need to occur repeatedly to make sense of it - is not afforded many women as the strangers who were present often then disappear and the woman has very limited opportunity to debrief.

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How To Use a Breast Pump: A First-timer’s Guide From a Midwife

How To Use a Breast Pump: A First-timer’s Guide From a Midwife

How To Use a Breast Pump: A First-timer’s Guide From a Midwife

First published on Mamamia


Nobody mentioned breast pumps before you had the baby, right? But, for a whole host of reasons you, along with plenty of other newbie mamas out there, now find yourself holding a pump and wondering how exactly it all works.

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Mental Support Options

Mental Support Options

Mental Support Options


In 2020 we are very focused on how we can best support women becoming mothers - especially those becoming mothers for the first time. My Midwives ‘Moving into Motherhood’ package offers support on a range of levels and with a variety of services designed to normalise this period of change and to ensure that women make this transition in the smoothest way possible.

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5 Things to Do Before Your Baby Arrives

5 Things to Do Before Your Baby Arrives

5 Things to Do Before Your Baby Arrives

Once you become a parent, things change. And for the better. But there are a few things you must prepare for before your bundle of love arrives. We’re not just talking baby monitors and burp clothes.


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Liz Wilkes is a Managing Director and Midwive of My Midwives