Birth Rite has developed as a means of sharing ideas and information with others about important issues related to birth, breastfeeding and parenting. Becoming a mother is a sacred rite of passage. Women deserve to give birth in ways that acknowledge what a profoundly special and honourable process this life-transition is. Likewise, being born is a sacred rite of passage. Babies deserve a gentle, loving journey from womb-life into the arms of its mother. When the process of birth is treated with the respect it requires, the birth of a baby, and the subsequent birth of a mother, become life's most celebratory and spiritual occasions. The importance of how we are born and how we give birth are hugely significant.
In order for mothers and babies to experience the birth they deserve, women need to arm themselves with good information and support. The medicalisation of childbirth has lead to widespread fear of what is one of life's most natural processes. Women have lost trust in their ability to give birth and have, instead, put their faith in 'the birth machine'. The Western world is condoning, promoting even, the extensive use of medical technologies and interventions, intrusions to the natural birth process that are rarely necessary and which frequently do more harm than good. Birth Rite aims to support women in reclaiming their autonomy and trust in the birth process.
Through the sharing of experiences, stories and ideas, it is hoped that Birth Rite will develop into a community of support for new mums and families who believe in gentle birthing and parenting practices. It is my hope that readers will comment on blog posts, sharing their own stories and ideas, and will ask for support and advice to overcome any hurdles they are faced with. I am really excited to see where this project leads its 'sisterhood' in our lives as women and mothers.
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