Jenny Hall is Midwifery Lecturer at the University of the West of England, Bristol, U.K. She is clinical editor of The Practising Midwife and author of Midwifery Mind and Spirit, available from Books for Midwives. She has five daughters, all born at home!
Photo by Caroline Brown
A friend reminded me in a recent e-mail of the world of risk we are now part of in the West. It was one of those circulating e-mails, and it took a look at the differences in the world we grew up in compared to the one our children are a part of now. According to the risk measures we apply to the life of our children it is clear many of us should not have survived! Children now have become more protected and cocooned than we ever were.
Read more…. Fear, Society, And Birth
Photo by Martha Dominguez de Gouveia
Since the 1960s, there has been a lot written about the place to have a baby. The “safety” lobby has pushed more and more for all hospital births, while, with a strength of its own, the “normality” lobby has pulled birth back into the home. The debate about whether home is best has continued in and out of the newspapers and professional journals, with women supporting the desire for choice to birth in either area.
Read more…. The Sacred Place Of Birth