Archive for the 'Birthing Resources' Category

New Links for October

A tasty little selection of links to cool, informative, and affirming sites on the internet for Homebirthing families are now up in the side-bar. Check them out!

Organic Birth

We know how to give birth instinctually. We are taught to fear birth, when in reality, the knowledge is encoded in our body’s cellular memory. We instinctively know how to breathe… we instinctively know how to birth. It is organic to our body’s processes. Birth is a part of life, and the vast majority of births do not need to be jump-started, assisted or done for us. We owe it to our babies to give them the best start in life.


The latest website from Heather Cushman-Dowdee (creator of Hawthor the Cow Goddess comics) where she writes – “Reborn as Mama, she intends to fight all the same battles, taking on the corporate entities that make up the detachment-based parenting industry, battling the ’sacred cows’ of mainstream mothering (ie. formula, cribs, nannies, and day care centers) and all in all rabble-rousing in the name of breastfeeding, homebirthing, attachment parenting mamas everywhere. And yes, she bares her breasts, too”. Always a fun and affirming read!

Stand and Deliver

Stand and Deliver is an inspiring and educational mix of one woman’s personal experiences with birth and mother juxtaposed with up to the minute international news and research regarding natural birth.

Shape of a Mother

The creator of this website writes:
“One day I sat in a restaurant in Anaheim, California eating breakfast, when a woman passed by my table with her infant carrier in tow. As she lifted it up to fit between the tables, her shirt raised and I saw that, although she was at a healthy weight and her body was fit, she had that same extra skin hanging around her belly that I do. It occurred to me that a post-pregnancy body is one of this society’s greatest secrets; all we see of the female body is that which is airbrushed and perfect, and if we look any different, we hide it from the light of day in fear of being seen. That makes me want to cry. Sure we all talk about the sagging boobs and other parts, but no one ever sees them. Or if they do, it’s in comical form, mocking the beauty that created and nourished our children.”
The resulting website is inspirational and revolutionary!

Sleep is for the Weak

Supportive attachment-parenting-style stories,  and advice for sleep deprived families. Sure to strike a chord when you’re sitting up late with a fussy little one!


Positive Birth Stories Website

The innate ability of each woman
to give birth guided by her body’s wisdom, with trusted attendants, in
soft private spaces, has been largely taken over by the international
billion dollar high-tech low-touch obstetrics industry.

This ‘active management’ of childbirth alters the mix of hormones that evolution has provided to help ease mother and baby through birth.

By hearing true stories filled with wisdom, tips & techniques and positive
experiences of birthing you will feel empowered and be reminded that
it is possible to give birth gently according to you and your baby’s
power, strength and innate wisdom. has been set up by Josie, a woman currently living in New Zealand.  She says “This website is based on my conviction that connected intrinsically to the struggle for women’s’ equality and freedom and restoration of the Divine Feminine is that elemental act of female power… birth. How we give birth has far-reaching implications, affecting the physiology and psychology of our children’s lives and influencing our mothering; including breastfeeding, attachment and post-natal depression among others. That makes birth not just a women’s issue but also an issue for humanity.”

She includes in her website gorgeous birth related art and other interesting articles around pregnancy and motherhood.  I encourage you all to take a look as I am sure we could all gain some new inspiration from her work.

Tummy Talk Magazine Available – Discount Price

Manawatu Home Birth Association has a limited number of issues of Tummy Talk for sale for $5 each.  This fantastic resource for pregnant women was developed by Active Birth Taranaki and has excellent articles and birth stories to help every woman prepare for a positive birth experience.  It covers topics such as positive preparation, active and natural birth, support people, water birth, home birth and what to expect after the birth.  Usually retailing for $10, MHBA is subsidising it by $5 so as many women as possible can purchase their own copy.  Contact us on 06 356 BABY or mhbanewsletter at for your copy.