Blue Monday? Is this really a thing or just a holiday company marketing ploy (apparently this is how it became part of our cultural conversation).
Does this 'day' open up the conversation about mental health or trivialise the very real challenge many face with their mental health?
I'm not sure what the answer is...
#bluemonday #mentalhealth3 hours ago
⭐ ONLY TWO PLACES LEFT ⭐
🌕 FULL MOON WOMEN'S CIRCLE 🌕
Monday 17th January 2022 7.30pm - 9pm
Led by @natashabailey.soulmission
Gather with other women in a safe space to share, receive healing, and meditate to the Peace Meditation for this month's full moon colours: Pink and Deep Pink.
With these two Pink Rays we are bathed in love. The Pale Pink Ray brings unconditional and transcendent love that gently dissolves our restrictions and lifts us above our old patterns.
The Ray of Deep Pink manifest love helps us to feel the love of the Divine Feminine for our self and for others.
🌕 To book and more information see link in our BIO 🌕
8 places only available
#fullmoonmeditation #dartmouthpark1 day ago
A great opportunity to talk to a home birth midwife and women with lived experience of homebirth - sign up link in our BIO
Posted from @royalfreematernityvoices
Live in Camden or Barnet? 🏘
Thinking about your birth place options? 🏡 🏥 🏨 🏢
Join the us, a @royalfreelondonnhs home birth midwife from @millhillteammidwives, as well mothers who have recently had a home birth to have a:
🟣 Chat about home birth
🟣 Answer your questions
🟣 Bust some home birth myths
8pm - 9pm on Monday 17th January. Join up by scanning the QR code or find the link in our BIO
#homebirth #birthplacechoice #waterbirth #empoweringbirth #camden #barnet #royalfree1 day ago
This photo was taken 3 years ago, Luna not quite 3 months old.
Her birth had compelled me into action. Her entry into the world had been powerful & exhilarating. Yet when talking about it, I felt guilt, as if I were being smug, my experience seemed so far from the norm...
This is when my anger started...
Why were so many women & birthing people's birth stories full of pain, fear, trauma, a blow to self-confidence rather than inspiring & fuelling it?
Like all female mammals we're designed to birth. So why is it that 2020-21 NHS data shows that only 47% of births in England resulted from a "spontaneous method of onset". Meaning that 53% were a result of induction or caesarean or that the data wasn't available (see graph).
Why are more & more women seeking support to tackle birth trauma & birth related PTSD?
THIS ISN'T RIGHT!
Yet, as a society we seem to accept it...
THIS IS WRONG!
I make no apology for shouting this. It needs to be heard, but isn't, despite thousands of birthworkers shouting about it a lot louder & for a lot longer than me.
So does the change have to come from us, the people giving birth?
This doesn't seem fair... although I can't see how else maternity care will step away from the worrying path of medicalisation it's currently on.
Unfortunately the birth language I find myself using is that of war: 'arming yourself with info' & 'fighting for your rights'.
How has it come to this, midwives & obstetricians aren't our enemy, they're our allies!
You could write a PhD on how we've reached this point, but the outcome is the same, we, as birthing women, must act. We must have the confidence to trust our intuition, the knowledge to talk to the medical professional about what we want & why. Information is key.
So 3 years ago I made this my aim, to try my best to help women & birthing people access the info & support they might need.
Little did I know that 3 years later this would lead me to Moon.
Moon opens this ethos up beyond maternity; supporting women in all aspects of their journey through life, puberty, periods, menopause & beyond.
I feel amazed & grateful.
#womenshealth #womensupportingwomen #informationiskey1 day ago