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International day of the midwife May 5

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Wheel of Ancestral Hands: "The Midwife". Lauren Raine

You are a midwife, assisting at someone else’s birth. Do good without show or fuss.
Facilitate what is happening rather than what you think ought to be happening.
If you must take the lead, lead so that the mother is helped, yet still free and in charge.
When the baby is born, the mother will rightly say: “I did it myself!”
from The Tao Te Ching

Thank you to the truly with woman midwives who walk alongside us as comrades in the struggle. Our thoughts are with you every day and especially today.

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Like to help out with some research for a PhD student in Australia?

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Mary Wollstonecraft.

Meet Emily Burns, PhD student at the University of Western Sydney’s Centre for Cultural Research. Looks like a great thesis in the making and sorely needed! Good luck, Emily!

This post is to ask if anyone here would be willing to participate in my PhD project on home birth and free birth experiences in Australia. This project is aiming to gain a better understanding of the role individual and collective spirituality plays on the pregnancy and home birth experience, as well as the effects of birthing outside medicalised birthing norms.

I’m looking for women who:

– are professional home birth attendants, such as a midwives or doulas, or

– are pregnant and planning a home or free birth in Australia, or

– have recently (last 3 years) had a home or free birth in Australia.

Participation will involve an interview, and if you have had a home birth, will include sharing that experience with me (I love birth stories!)

If you would like more information on the study, or would like to participate, please contact me, Emily Burns, for an information sheet. My email address (in anti-spam fashion) is emily dot burns at uws dot edu dot au.

Should you not wish to participate, no further action is required.

The interviews will be recorded, and transcribed, and all identifying information removed. In writing up the research all names will be changed, locations removed, and anything else that could identify you. All information is confidential, with only me having access to the information, with my supervisors having access only if I need help in the analysis phase, but even they won’t have real names.

So, if you have any questions or comments, you can email me. I have an info sheet to email out to anyone who is interested, but as per ethical guidelines, interested people need to contact me first, and I can respond with the info.

This study has been approved by the University of Western Sydney Ethics Committee and the confidentiality of all participants is assured.


Emily Burns

PhD Candidate

Centre for Cultural Research

University of Western Sydney

ph: 0422 685 354