So I stumbled across this great little community that has just kicked off here locally, called the Positive Birth Community, and they are meeting up this Woman’s Day, Saturday, 9th August 2014.
I then googled and found the international site, and thought it was an awesome move towards growing awareness and empowering women with knowledge about their rights, and choices wrt birth. So Im keen to join in and learn more.
By their definition, a positive birth is one in which a woman feels she has the freedom of choice, access to accurate information, and that she is in control, powerful and respected throughout the pregnancy and birth. “A birth that she approaches, perhaps with some trepidation, but without fear or dread, and that she then goes on to enjoy, and later remember with warmth and pride.”
They believe, as do I (and Im sure many others too), that every woman deserves a positive birth, whether that’s natural or surgical; with or without drugs. Its all about how to take the fear out of ones approach to birthing and creating awareness about what is possible. And they believe that gatherings such as these, which use communication, and sharing of experiences, knowledge and sharing are what shall ultimately unlock the freedom and joy of birthing that has always belonged to women.
From my personal experience with my first child, I was firstly shocked by the kind of irresponsible bullying that can be found out there in the medical field. And secondly how uninformed so many women were about their choices, and how easily some medical professionals used fear tactics to steer their decisions.
On the flip side of that very same token, I also learnt of the fantastic medical professionals out there who truly take the time to inform and respect one as a pregnant mother about one’s choices. It always gave me great joy to recommend these doctors and midwives to other mothers. Mothers who were once clearly fraught with fear and doubt about their wellbeing and wishes not being respected, only to see that same frown later replaced by smiles of joy and excitement once they met with those medical professionals. People that they probably would never have met, had it not been for someone sharing their experience and knowledge with them. I know that was true for me too.
No one likes to feel disempowered, or dismissed or out of control. So if you’re a mother to be looking to hear more about the positive side of birthing, why not join in? Or if you have a positive story to share,come join– you never know when YOUR story could make the difference to someone else. Or maybe you would just like to hear more about it, why not come along? Im hoping to join in to hear and learn more.
Its being hosted by our very own local Cape Town midwife, Angela Wakeford.
What you need to know:
- Date: Saturday 9 August 2014
- Time: 9:30- 11:00am
- Venue: Viper Lounge, 12-14 Glen Road, Glencairn, Cape Town South Africa
Why not go check out their FB page here: Positive Birth Movement – South Peninsula – Cape Town.
Will you be going? Hope to see you there!