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Is It Time For A Royal Commission Into Birth?

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Today Western Sydney University Professor of Midwifery Hannah Dahlen posed two questions of her social media audience in response to 2021 update of the “Australia’s Mothers and Babies” report, released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare last week.

The first question, “what the hell are we doing?”, comes on the back of the following 2019 statistics from the publication last week.

As of 2019, Australia’s caesarean birth rate is now 36% (and 37% for first time mothers and birth par…

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Catching Up Post-Lockdown? 6 questions you can ask new parents before you meet their new baby

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New parents might have felt sad or isolated through lockdown. They might also be feeling anxious about restrictions easing.
Here are 6 questions you can ask new parents before you meet their new baby to help them feel prepared for and safe during your visit, and to help you feel a lot less awkward about not knowing where their personal boundaries lie.

1. Would you like to meet up soon, or hold off a while?
You may be busting to meet the baby, but ultimately your job …

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Research Update: Pregnancy and COVID-19 Vaccination

Below is the transcript of the video and audio research update I recorded on 10th Sept 2021 on the topic of pregnancy and vaccination against COVID-19. This information is information only, and does not take the place of individualised advice and consultation with your medical team. I hope you find this useful, and please feel free to share this resource with anyone you think might be interested.

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Hello my name is Anna Cusack, I am an author, a doula, Certified Motherhood Studies Practition…

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White Privilege and My Empowered Home Birth

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My empowered home birth was a reflection of my inner work and outer advocacy, but also relied upon my white privilege.

To access a publicly-funded homebirth service is rare in Australia.

You need to be located within striking distance to hospital. ABS data from 2019 tells us that only 10% of non-Indigenous people live outside major city and inner regional areas, while 39% of Indigenous people live outside these zones.

You need to be a “low risk pregnancy”. Because I am a white Australian, I haven’t…

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Birth Rights are Human Rights

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Maternity services across NSW lockdown zones are applying different rules to birthing people and their access to support during labour and postnatal stays.

These are changing, so check with your own service provider what the situation is. From what I can ascertain, the current best-case scenario is 2 support people are allowed during labour and beyond, at worst it is 1 for the duration.

If you had planned for your partner to be your only support person and visitor, you're good to…

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Support services and resources for expecting, new and experienced fathers.

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This resource was compiled for Australian Men’s Health Week 2021. Text in quotations marks is copied directly from the website shown. You are welcome to print or distribute this list providing you reference www.annacusack.com.au and @annacusackpostpartum as its source.

www.howisdadgoing.org.au
This is the Dad-specific branch of panda.org.au It includes mental health resources for expecting and new dads, info on how to support one another, and the phone support line for all parents 1300 726 3…

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Birth Options In Newcastle and the Lower Hunter

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When I went to my local doctor for a formal pregnancy test, the first question she asked was what kind of maternity care I wanted. I had zero clue what options even existed!

If you’re having a baby (or hoping to) AND you live in the Newcastle-ish area, here is the whole deal spelled out for you.

Please note that estimated costs do not include additional support services like doulas or personally hired/purchased equipment like birth pools.


John Hunter Hospital

Most babies in the Hunter …

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