• Self care vs Community Care

    Winter is nearly over and I have to say, I am so grateful to be seeing spring finally arrive (albeit with it’s strange weather patterns this past week!).  What has been coming up a lot for me this winter has been the topic of self care.  Now, if we’re truly being honest with ourselves, we would admit that people, and especially new parents, really don’t need any more self care.  They need more COMMUNITY CARE. While the topic and practice of self care, still has great validity and remains an important consideration in our lives, it is just one side of the coin. Over the past hundred years or so,…

  • Its OK to Feed Your Baby in the Way That is Right for You and Your Family

    “Breastfeeding” What comes up for you when you think of this word? Its World Breastfeeding Week and my social media is flooded with images of women celebrating their breastfeeding journeys and defending their breastfeeding rights: Their right to feed their child from their body the way nature intended and their right to feed their child in their community without shame, without judgement, without having to hide themselves or their child. It makes me so happy to see women engaging conversation and challenging the current discrimination around breastfeeding.   But at the same time, my heart breaks.   My heart breaks for the women who cannot or do not breastfeed.  My…

  • The true parenting expert is…

    There are so many experts telling us how to think, feel and behave on our life and parenting journeys. Much of the advice out there is also conflicting. Just look at the collection of parenting experts I found in just one visit to our local second hand recycling outlet. Hundreds of years ago industrialisation and urbanisation reorganised families in a way which has changed parenthood significantly. People moved away from their families, they lost their villages, their practical help and their traditions and customs. The 20th century saw great advances in science and medicine and this reliance on ‘experts’ replaced the ‘expert’ advice from family and communities. Suddenly relational challenges (the feminine…

  • Great midwives are truly special people

    Great midwives are truly special people. They are angels, protecting and guiding new life into our world with compassion and care.  They are battlers sacrificing time with their own families to support the development and expansion of other families in their community.  They are educators and experts in birth, supporting new couples to confidently and safely transition to parenthood. They are advocates and defenders for justice, freedom of choice, bodily autonomy for women and retention of culture and traditions. They play a vital role in protecting the rights of women, girls and midwives by ensuring they can exercise their full human rights, particularly their reproductive and sexual health rights in their communities and…

  • Embracing holidays with the family

    I’ve had some great time off these school holidays, just being with my family. We have holidayed to Victoria, visited towns we have never seen before, stayed in houses with 4 flights of stairs (to the great delight of my eldest). We have spent rare hours at the beach eating icecreams, collecting shells, chasing birds, burying our toes and legs in the sand and constructing tee-pees. We have re-united with family, completed two new parkruns, volunteered, set new personal bests, met new people and given and received over 150 high fives. We have eaten lots of comforting food at cafes and on picnics: filling our bellies with special treats like…

  • “What do you want for Mother’s Day?”

      “What do you want the kids to get you for Mother’s Day?” my husband asked me the other day. “I don’t know, I’ll have to think about it and get back to you.” was my reply. So I’ve been thinking… what do I want for Mother’s Day? And the answer is: Nothing really… Anything physical that I want that’s affordable or cheap, I go out and get when I need it. The things I really want either can’t be afforded for a Mother’s Day celebration, or simply can’t be gifted. The things I really want are: ♡ To feel valued and appreciated. ♡ To have my physical and emotional needs met and…

  • Making the time to invest in me, listen to my body and respect my own needs

    I have been run off my feet the past few months working my day job, re-applying to keep said job, managing volunteer commitments, juggling the logistics of running a household, being a wife and mother to two children, keeping up with learning, social and other commitments, travelling and launching my business supporting new mothers overcome overwhelm and loneliness and feel more connected, supported and heard in their parenting journey. Life is crazy busy!!! All the while through this I have been learning new skills, taking risks and doing some serious inner work on my emotional blocks, confidence, sense of worth, and sense of meaning and purpose in life. Don’t get…