[ARTICLE] “Should we start calling C-sections ‘belly births'”- Essential Baby, March 6th 2018

So, can a simple change in name really empower women? And should we start referring to C-sections in this way?

Midwife Amanda Bude from Groovy Babies thinks this is a great idea.

“Obviously positive language has a massive impact on reducing or removing fear and anxiety towards any birth. That in itself empowers any mum-to- be.”

She says many mothers feel that having a C-section is “robbing” them of having had a vaginal birth. “But I believe if a mum has a positive birth experience, supportive care provider, and educated birth preparation, then they are less likely to feel shame and disappointment about how their baby arrived.”

And, she says, a simple change in name can help aid that positive birth experience.

Read more: http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/birth/options/caesarean/should-we-start-calling-csections-belly-births-20180305-h0x074#ixzz5AzvGNmJD

 

 

[ARTICLE] “Push For More Empowering Language During Childbirth- The Courier Mail 28th February 2018

QUEENSLAND midwives have called time on medics using condescending and frightening language during childbirth.

Maternity advocates say there is no place in today’s society for using the words “my woman”, or “good girl” or “failure to progress”.

Contractions should be described as “strong” not “painful” and a “big baby” should be called a “healthy baby”.

All language must be empowering and uplifting for the mother.

Gold Coast midwife Amanda Bude told The Courier-Mail language surrounding birth needed an overhaul with all care providers.

“A successful birth outcome starts when a woman is respected,” she said.

“Just look at birth trauma rates – one third of women describe their birth as traumatic.”

Read more here:

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/push-for-more-empowering-language-during-childbirth/news-story/0e44f44e26f597d0a85494950e351dfb