My Belief in Birth

I BELIEVE & KNOW


Women can birth, that birth is safe. I trust birth, women and their babies
Our bodies were designed to birth
We can make and grow a baby - we know how to birth that baby
It is important to have a firm belief in the power of your body
IN THE GREATNESS OF YOUR UTERUS, YOUR PELVIS, AND IN THE POWER OF YOUR HORMONES


The discomfort of labour has a purpose!
Women should be educated, empowered and all knowing about the wonders of pregnancy, labour, birth and breastfeeding
Women can draw upon their inner strength in pregnancy, labour and birth
Women are strong; Birth is a rite of passage, yet..birth has been taken from us
Women have been bullied and lied to during pregnancy & birth
Women have had to fight for their voices to be heard, for their dreams to be fulfilled
We have been told we are the "weaker sex"
We have been told to be fearful of birth, that surgery is better, that our bodies don't work, that our babies don't fit, that our breasts don't produce enough milk, that our cervix "gets stuck" and "can't do the work it was meant to"
That our pelvis is not big enough, that our babies don't come on the right time - so we should help them come" or better still...let us just start the process!
WE HAVE LEARNED NOT TO TRUST BIRTH OR OUR BODIES

SO...

I believe that women of the world have to reclaim their births
Reclaim their bodies and their babies
We can find healing in our births
I understand that not all births will end in a natural birth and that women need support and love to take them through any trauma that has occurred
But no matter what or how the baby is born
Women still have a right to dignity
Women still have a right to let their voices be heard
Women still have a right to respect
Women still have a right to "give their consent"
Women should not leave birth feeling ashamed, violated, traumatised, like their bodies didn't work....or perform.

I believe that women can and should have breech births,
that women can have a vaginal birth after a caesarean birth,
that women should be allowed to labour/birth in water,
that women should be allowed to labour at home and birth at home.

Women should be able to decide who she wants present at her birth
Women should be able to tell someone to leave their birth space if they make them feel uncomfortable or over observed. Women should be protected in birth
That women are amazing.....that they deserve to be heard
That they are the healers of the world that they can make change happen
That we have to acknowledge that birth is a spiritual journey
That babies can hear us; those babies connect with us before they are born
That babies are longing like their mothers for a quiet, calm and beautiful birth into this world.


I BELIEVE THAT WE HOLD THE FUTURE IN OUR HANDS
TRUST BIRTH
TRUST YOUR BODY
TRUST YOUR BABY
If we get birth right....we get the world right