Monthly archives:February 2015

  • If you are thinking about a low intervention birth in Perth, Western Australia, here are a few options for you to consider that support and facilitate low intervention birth.

    Pregnant woman in cozy jumper reading about child birth

    Thinking about a low intervention birth, here are a few options.

    1. Home birth

    The option of a homebirth is available in Western Australia either with the Community Midwifery Program (CMP) which is a government run program, or with a Privately Practicing Midwife. The CMP is publicly funded, so if you have a valid Medicare card you will incur no costs. More about CMP >>

    During your pregnancy you will see your midwife regularly to check on your progress. These appointments may take place in your home or at a community clinic. When you go into labour, you stay home and are attended by your midwife. In some circumstances it may be necessary to transfer into hospital for additional maternity care. More about Homebirth>>

    Counting baby's toes

    Baby brother at home

    1. Birth Centre

    The CMP has 2 birthing rooms attached to Kalamunda Hospital for exclusive use by CMP clients. The Kalamunda Birthing Rooms are Midwifery led. The CMP Midwives run weekly antenatal and postnatal clinics in the Kalamunda space and also hold education sessions, mums and bubs and informative talks in the group room on many issues related to pregnancy birth and beyond.

    The Family Birth Centre at King Edward Memorial Hospital is a public service.  The Family Birth Centre is not a labour ward, but rather aims to create a home-like environment for women to labour and birth in.

    1. Domino Birth

      Domino birth

      Choose to birth in hospital with your known Midwife. Image credit – ChameleonsEye –

    A domino birth on the CMP is where you choose to birth in hospital but with your known midwife. CMP midwives will provide you with care during your pregnancy within the community. Where possible, one of your midwives will then attend hospital with you when you are in labour and care for you in hospital throughout the labour and birth. When you are discharged home from hospital your CMP midwives will continue to care for you for up to 2 weeks postnatal.

    1. Water Birth

    A birth pool gives you a deep pool of warm water in which to kneel or squat or lie, and a comfortable edge to hold on to.  Water has been shown to reduce the need for pharmacological pain relief and the incidence of perineal trauma and obstetric interventions.

    Whether you can labour and/or birth in water will vary greatly depending on the place you choose to birth. Availability of birth pools and staff will also affect your ability to birth in water. Talk to your Midwife or call TheBumpWA on 9498 6033 to find out which places water birth is currently available.

    Waterbirth 20 seconds old

    Water birth baby 20 seconds old

    Water is a wonderful, natural way to manage the intensity of labour. Once you are well established in labour, getting into a birth pool provides instant relief. The warm water soothes, and the buoyancy allows you to move around, which also assists in managing the intensity of labour.

    If you are planning a water birth you may need to organise your own birth pool and liner. Pools can be hired from The Bump WA.

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  • Ina May Gaskin is a Leading Midwife, author and founder of a US based midwifery centre with over forty years’ experience in the field of midwifery. Gaskin also developed The Gaskin manoeuvre for birth when shoulder dystocia occurs.

    “We are the only species of mammal that can doubt its capacity to give birth.” – Gaskin, 2013.

    In her 2013 Ted Talk Gaskin talks about how to reduce fear of birth. With a wealth of knowledge and experience in natural low intervention childbirth in the US some of her most poignant advice to expectant mothers and support people is simple.

    • Smile
    • Use humour and affection to relax the mother
    • Don’t share negative, horrific birth stories that scare the mother
    • Create an atmosphere where the mother feels safe, calm and in control
    • and finally “Your body is not a lemon”.
    Prepare for childbirth - reading

    Borrow some of Ina May ‘s books from our library













    Preparation for Birth

    Preparing for birth during pregnancy can be done in a number of ways. Attending a workshop, or talking to friends and family is a common way for women to find out about birth. If you are looking for more information to fully prepare for childbirth, there are many books on everything to do with pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting.

    Ina May Gaskin’s books are informative and warm and cover topics that will assist you to prepare for birth, regardless of where you chose to birth, or who your care providers are.

    Books by Gaskin

    Borrow some of Ina May’s books from our library here. The Bump Library Books >>

    Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth – What you need to know to have the best birth experience for you. Drawing upon her thirty-plus years of experience.

    Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding – From leading midwife and the author comes this deeply compassionate and comprehensive guide to making breastfeeding a joyful experience for both mother.

    Birth Matters – A collection of writings by women and men working to improve women’s maternity care and the quality of birth.

    “Your body is not a lemon.” – Gaskin, 2013.

    Borrow any number of books about pregnancy, childbirth and parenting from our library here or if your interested in Ina May Gaskin check her website and Ted Talk here.


    Borrow some books from our library

    Preparing for birth during pregnancy can be done in a number of ways