Breastfeeding is Natural … But Doesn’t Come Naturally

This week is World Breastfeeding Week 2016. And it has extra special meaning to me because I’ve just enrolled in a Cert IV in Breastfeeding Education so that I can volunteer as a breastfeeding counselor. As I ponder all the hard work expected of me in the next 18 months, the thought that has been utmost in my mind is that breastfeeding is natural … but it doesn’t necessarily come naturally. And that is why roles like volunteer breastfeeding counselors giving mum-to-mum support are so important. Continue reading

So I had a home birth…(Part 1): What was it like?

I intend to write on quite a few parenting topics but the birth of my second child is the most recent significant event in my parenting journey. The way I birthed him is somewhat uncommon (though not as much as you think): I had a planned home birth. Most people in Australia think home births are totally wacky and something only hippies do. I never thought that I was a home birth kinda person either. So I thought I’d share a bit about what it was like (here in Part 1) and how I came to diverge so drastically from the mainstream (to follow in Part 2). Continue reading

So I had a home birth …(Part 2): Why?

For my second child, I decided to have a planned home birth. I never thought I was a home birth kinda person but I can say now that it was the best decision for myself and my family. The whole experience before, during and after birth was exactly how I wanted it to be. In Part 1 I shared what this was like. Here in Part 2, I will explain why I decided against birthing in a hospital a second time. Continue reading