A Revolution Of Words: Shaping Birth Culture.

We can and should be shaping birth culture with our words and phrases. Purposeful evolution no less.

Where to start with our ‘revolution of words’? Look at any phrases that even suggest that SHE has to do what we say.

Next notice words and phrases or even just ‘tones of voice’ that suggest that we know best.

Watching our words and phrases as midwives has to be a conscious practice.

Our world of experiences is created through the language we use to speak to ourselves. The easiest person to fool is us.

The way we talk is generated through an unconscious process, awareness is needed if we are to be leaders in creating a new birthing culture, one that pregnant women can express their innate birthing brilliance with in freely.

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Hormones and the birth environment

I am getting ready for a birth workshop on the 13 September, found this a helpful remnder.

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Creating the best birth environment

When a woman is in labour, her body is working hard producing a flow of love hormones. These are produced deep in the old primitive part of the brain.

Inhibitions, in birth or any sexual activity are generated in the new brain, the thinking brain’ (neo-cortex). When a woman is in labour, she will behave instinctively, making noises, instinctive movements, maybe acting completely strangely, or animal like. This means she has reduced control of her thinking brain and allowed her old,animal brain to take over, and allowing the hormones to do their work.

This reduction of brain activity is the most important aspect in terms of birth physiology. It is also the thing that we can have the most control over giving us the best chance of a straight forward labour and birth.

How do we maximise those chances?

Rediscovering the basic needs of a…

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