How The Past Broke The Present A Childbirth Revival

Hello. I feel like I sit in pondering mode right now. I’m doing a lot of research because our Charitable Trust in New Zealand is going to put together a 2-year trial with working midwives. I’ve been involved in the Childbirth Conversation since the early 1970s. Even back then, I knew the conversation was broken […]

Every Conversation About Childbirth Boils Down To How We See ‘Birth’

Okay. This is the Time I’m doing a lot of writing about childbirth and trying to de-confuse the language that’s been going on almost since I gave birth in 1970. I’ve learned (heaps) over the years of working with the Birthing Better families, who develop Birthing Better skills and being the Director of a Charitable […]


(upbeat music) – Hi guys, so today I wanted to do a video on my birth stories. This video will be basically telling you both birth stories for both of my sons ’cause Caleb’s, who is my second child was so quick and so like, he just flew out. I might as well include his […]

#SBbirth: Benefits of skin-to-skin

Skin to skin contact in vaginal birth is now well established as a method of improving many outcomes for the baby and mother. It improves the babies temperature regulation, their chances of getting jaundice, breastfeeding, the contact between the mother and baby, and it’s been shown perhaps to even improve post-natal depression. What we’ve done […]

Obstetrics and Gynecology – Intrapartum Care: By Melanie Ornstein M.D.

Intrapartum Care involves the care of both the mother and fetus during labour and delivery including the first one hour following birth. The goal of care is a healthy mother and baby. When a woman presents in labour, it is essential to review her obstetrical, medical and surgical history, confirm the gestational age, and GBS […]

Packing Our Hospital Bag for Labor and Delivery

– Hello everybody, I am 38 weeks pregnant with our fifth child and I’m finally getting around to packing my hospital bag. I have been a little stressed about this I would have liked to have it packed a week or two ago so I’m glad that I’m doing it now. I’ve just honestly been […]

#SBbirth: Overview of the twin-birth study

The twin birth study was a study designed to see whether in twins, C-section was necessary or if planned vaginal birth resulted in as good an outcome. So we did what’s called a randomized trial and we randomized women from really across the world in 102 centres, 26 countries. Canada was the leading country in […]


Okay another update for you guys, so today’s Friday It’s February the second so again. We just got home from the clinic To have a quick check up with the OB and today we just learned that this woman right here It’s already 6. Cm. Open Can you believe that?! did you feel any pain […]

After pains! You mean there’s pain after?!

Hi I’m Freya from Expecting. Nobody ever warns you about after pains. When you’re pregnant, your uterus, your womb, is stretched right up here and once you’ve given birth it sits around the level of your belly button, but then your uterus has got to contract back down to about the size of a small […]


Ok, my childbirth story. Um… To be honest it was quite painful You know my partner’s over there she’s doing her thing but as you know push comes to shove, excuse the saying, well you know usually for the Dads there, we get called over to hold their hand, not my idea, because somehow my […]