The Positive Birth Movement
Regional Coordinator Ireland
FearFree Birthing have facilitated the Positive Birth Movement in Newcastle Upon Tyne for a number of years and also offered the Get Positive antenatal workshops. We are pleased to announce that Elaine is now the Regional Coordinator for the Positve Birth Movement in Ireland. And we will be launching another new group soon in Ireland!
WHAT IS 'POSITIVE BIRTH'?
The Positive Birth Movement believes that every woman deserves a positive birth. A positive birth means a birth in which a woman feels she has freedom of choice, access to accurate information, and that she is in control, powerful and respected. A birth that she approaches, perhaps with some trepidation, but without fear or dread, and that she then goes on to enjoy, and later remember with warmth and pride. A positive birth does not have to be ‘natural’ or ‘drug free’ – it simply has to be informed from a place of positivity as opposed to fear. The Positive Birth Movement is woman-centred and as such respects a woman’s human right to choose where and how she has her baby. You can birth with positivity in hospital or at home, with or without medical intervention. You can have a positive caesarean, or a positive home water birth. Positive Birth is about approaching birth realistically, having genuine choice, and feeling empowered by your experience. The Positive Birth Movement believes that communication is the key to shaking up birth. By coming together, in real life and online, and sharing experiences, feelings, knowledge and wisdom, women can take back childbirth.
We host FREE *discussion groups for pregnant people, parents and birth workers every month around ireland (as well as around the world!). They are a place for ALL pregnant women - regardless of their background, experience or choices - to come together and share experiences, thoughts, feelings and insight about childbirth. There is usually a 'theme' for discussion, such as 'Place of Birth', 'Birth Plans', or 'Hopes and Fears'. Positive Birth Movement groups aim to be a helpful part of your pregnancy; a warm and welcoming place to hear stories and ideas, to consider what you really want from your childbirth experience, and to challenge any fears or negative expectations you might have.
*Positive Birth Movement groups aim to complement your existing ante-natal input and they do not seek to replace medical advice. Before taking any action based on information you have received in a PBM group, please speak to your Health Care Professional.
GROUPS IN IRELAND:
Dublin - Emily McElarney & Amber Leipner - firstname.lastname@example.org - last Sunday of the month
Kerry - Sue Nikolovski - email@example.com - date and time tbc
Cork - Joanna Rozmas - firstname.lastname@example.org - St Patrick Street/Grand Parade 6.pm
Banbridge/Craigavon - Hazel Mayger - email@example.com
Co Down - Seana Talbot - firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find out more about this global support group on http://www.positivebirthmovement.org/