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A birth brat? Are you kidding me?!?!You might have seen the news recently that the Duchess of Sussex (the lady I hold personally responsible for the fact that no one has been able to spell my name correctly for the past 2 years 😜), has been described as a ‘birth brat’, which I can only assume is the journalistic birth equivalent to bridezilla.. ‘God! What was she asking for?’ you might be wondering.. ‘Lobster after the birth and a jewel encrusted birth pool?’
Nope. According to the press the Duchess wanted to be able to choose her own healthcare providers, her own place of birth and not be subjected to a photo shoot by the worlds media immediately after giving birth. Oh! Like.. basic human rights then?
The fact that requests like this, or even more specific choices (which we obviously don’t know Meghan’s preferences on), like whether or not to have a vaginal examination, whether or not to have continuous monitoring in labour, whether to accept a sweep at 40 weeks.. are seen as ‘unusual’, or ‘being difficult’ says a hell of a lot more about our society, women’s rights and the narrative around birth than it does about The Duchess of Sussex!
We don’t go to the hair dressers and get told- ‘well you’re turning 40 now so it’s time to get a crop style, I can see Grey’s in there so we must dye it, you have a big forehead so i’m just going to cut you a quick fringe’.. and if we DID get treated like this we’d leave the hair dressers, and tell all our friends not to go to that salon!
Why is birth any different? Why is the default expectation that the minute we fall pregnant our bodies become the property of other people. Whether that friends, family or even total strangers expressing their opinions about what we do or eat during pregnancy or our plans for birth.. or during labour itself when it’s expected for women to walk into a hospital and say ‘ok, get the baby out, do whatever it takes’.
On all our courses at Positively Birthing we focus a lot on what your choices are and how to take control of them. You’re not being difficult, or a brat, for having your own thoughts and opinions about what you want for your birth.. from the hundreds of women I’ve worked with and hundreds more birth stories I’ve heard, THIS is the single most important part of getting a positive birth experience. Not hypnobirthing, not being in a pool, not where you give birth- but deciding things for YOURSELF and being supported in these decisions.
If you want so many many more tips and ideas on ‘how to be a birth brat’ from the other Megan that knows a thing or two about it 🙋our group and private courses can be booked in Surrey and London on the website now! www.positivelybirthing.com … See MoreSee Less
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I can tell you with 100% certainty that these will NEVER be your postpartum instructions from us!!!! Good Grief!! … See MoreSee Less
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We’ve had the privilege to work with some of the best!!! … See MoreSee Less
Meet Miss Carolyne Irene. She was born on the 13th at 9:28 p.m. Her parents were a delight to watch during their labor dance. They were so in-tune with each other that they needed very little labor support from us.
Miss Carolyne was born in water, into her daddy’s hands. She weighs 7 lbs 6 oz and is 19.5 inches tall. She’s the sweetest little thing!!! She is her parents 1st child and we are so happy she’s a HazelTree Baby!!
While I was visiting her for her 24 hr check-up, Carolyne’s daddy tried to give me a puppy!! LOL!! I declined but only because I believe all little girls need a puppy of their very own. ❤ … See MoreSee Less
I love it when past clients come to town and want to see me!!! I love this family with my whole heart.
Michigan is too far away!! … See MoreSee Less
Today is very likely going to be a BIRTH DAY!!!
Yeeeeeee!!! … See MoreSee Less
Last Wednesday was an incredible day to be born!! Two HazelTree babies made their debut appearance within 3.5 hrs of each other.
First was Sweet Miss Riley. Riley was born at 5:03 p.m. in a birth pool in my livingroom!!! Her mama labored so amazingly strong!! I was humbled to be in her presence though I wasn’t there for long as we had another labor in progress. Dayspring Midwife Amie Storm came to assist Krysta with Miss Riley’s arrival. Riley weighs 7 lbs 11 oz and is 20" tall. She is her parents 3rd daughter and their 1st HazelTree baby!! She is absolutely gorgeous!
Meanwhile…Kayla Duval from Spokane River Midwives met me at my nieces home and helped me with the arrival of my 2nd grand niece. Miss Grand Niece doesn’t have a name yet. She was born at 8:28 p.m. and weighs 8lbs 10 oz. There is something beyond honoring to be with a beloved family member as they greet their newborn. My darling niece is amazing and births like a warrioress!! She brought her daughter to this earth in a birth pool, gently delivering her into Daddy’s waiting hands. I cried!! Grand Niece is her parents 2nd daughter and their second HazelTree baby!! … See MoreSee Less
This midwife is driving home with a heart full of love!! Two baby girls born to two amazing women!!! Details and photos to come. … See MoreSee Less
My sister just gave me a thumb drive with over 1000 photos that she took while we were in Kenya together last month. These are some of my favorites!! This was the greeting I received from one of my Masai midwife sisters, Elizabeth. She had invited us to her village to attend a church service and to meet her family and four new midwives. Elizabeth has been showing them how to burn umbilical cords as she was taught last year. There have been no "spoiled" babies since they’ve instituted this practice!! I love these women more that there are words to describe!! … See MoreSee Less
Baby Brother was born 2/21/19 at 8:34 pm. He weighs 7 lbs and is 19" tall. He was born rather quickly in the presence of his mama, papa, grandmother and auntie. The love that filled the birth suite was palpable!! I haven’t cried at a birth in a long time, but this one made my eyes leak. Big Brother came racing in, literally seconds after Baby was born. The joy in his eyes was unfathomable. "You’re ok. You’re ok. You’re ok!" He said to his crying newborn brother. "I’m gonna save you from all the monsters."
Oh my heart!!
Big Brother couldn’t wait to hold him. He quickly ripped off his shirt saying, "I want to do skin-to-skin". This family has done an amazing job prepping their oldest son for the arrival of the next.
They will forever and always own valuable real estate in my heart!!
Welcome Earthside, Baby Brother. You are going to adore this family of yours!!! … See MoreSee Less