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Birth Rights Advent Calendar

Become informed of your rights, and gain confidence in asking questions and working with your maternity team.

Work with pregnant women? Midwife, doula, obstetrician, hypnobirth practitioner, pregnancy yoga teacher, or  ... 
Reignite and share your passion for women centred care. Be part of a movement for change.

Peace on earth begins at birth.

As an antenatal teacher and doula I know that when a woman’s birth rights are respected, when she is making the decisions within a supportive team of professionals, the outcomes are better, for her, her baby, her partner. 

Knowing your birth rights isn't about saying 'no' to everything, it is knowing you are the one who gets to say 'yes' or 'no'.

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"I just wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying these emails. It is a great way to start the day, and reminds me that others do think the same way.   Thank you so much for putting this beautiful calendar together. I appreciate the time it must have taken, and for sharing such inspirational thoughts, quotes and clips – I will be coming back to them in the future!" 

NICE fellow

"What you are doing is awesome and important.
Thank you from an unwillingly retired ex-independent midwife."

"I'd just like to say thank you for doing this calendar.  I have learnt a lot from your messages and I hope from sharing them every day that people will have learned that we definitely have a right to decide what happens to a woman during pregnancy and birth.  It's not a one size fits all experience 

The message has been clear to me that it's about working with our care providers to get the positive experience and outcomes we want; but at the same time having the confidence to speak out and make our wishes known even if they don't perfectly fit the standard check box." 
Expectant woman

"Absolutely fantastic Cathy!! We have a similar heart for birth rights. Your calendar, although technically nothing new to me, was still just the perfect little daily reminder of all the truths I hold dear. And certainly some were things I had never thought about before. In my third pregnancy I now just have so much more confidence to politely decline whatever I like and I now fully know when I’m being manipulated. It’s such a big relief and I forget that others still lag so far behind in their thinking."

Pregnant midwife

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