Overdue'... What does that even mean?
The pressure this term can place on the mindset of a pregnant woman is immense. Suddenly after 40 weeks of a potentially worry free pregnancy she is facing medical interventions, dealing with daily texts from multiple friends/family members and pausing to consider every tummy grumble or tightening she feels. Why is so much focus placed on that one specific 'due date' when only 4% of babies actually arrive on it?! (Even then, it's likely labour has actually kicked off a day or two before) A pregnancy is generally considered to be full term at 38-42 weeks of pregnancy and given that 80% of babies arrive during that time, this gives a little more breathing space to the pregnant mum to be. She is not actually 'overdue' until 42+1.
A midwife, an artist, a mum of five, a cellist, a badass, a cinematographer, a fearless first time homebirther, the coolest couple in all of Europe, a vet, a project manager and a moonlit car park.
The women of my 2017 were as fierce and badass as they come. I watched some of you journey from a place of fear and doubt to elation and euphoria. I witnessed miracles as you breathed, moaned and birthed your babies into your warm outstretched arms.
Each of you have to taught me so much about birth but in all honesty I’ve learned more about myself and womenkind in our time together than anything else.
So you're gonna be a birth partner! You may also be about to be a parent, grandmother, aunt? You're committed yet nervous. This is a woman you love, your soul mate, daughter, sister or best friend? I get it, it's a major responsibility. You don't want to see her in pain, you don't want anything to go wrong, you want her to feel safe yet empowered and when exactly are you gonna eat and pee?
This guide is your starting block, use it to propel you into your journey toward this birth.