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About Tiffany Aching

Tiffany has had 2 caesareans, 2 normal births and an unassisted VBAC. Her favourite birth was the unassisted one because it was so calm and so peaceful. She never got to the stage of being frightened or needing pain-relief. She felt like she could climb Everest afterwards, it was so amazing. It was a perfect experience. Apart from the bit where her labouring brain forgot where she put the special aromatherapy birthday candle she had so carefully bought for the event. It never did get lit, it now has a place of honour as it had lost its smell by the time it was found. Tiffany is a birth supporter and childbirth advocate. Having experienced the extremes of childbirth she is passionately in favour of every woman having a birth which leaves them strong and whole. Tiffany loves her children with the ferocity of a lioness. She would never knowingly or willingly put them in danger and having done enormous amounts of research she concluded that the best way to get a physically and emotionally safe birth for her and her baby was to be at home.

Maternal Request Caesarean Section – is it a choice?

There is much upset in the normal birth world today over the announcement that NICE is going to allow caesareans on request.  However, the real statement goes a little deeper than the BBC and newspaper headlines suggest… Firstly, it is … Continue reading

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Should we ban advertising of formula?

The anti-breastfeeding lobby would say that banning formula advertising takes away choices from parents and makes those who did not breastfeed feel guilty…  For a start, no one can give guilt to another, the guilt surrounding feeding choices is a … Continue reading

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Was your birth OK?

Home birth is safe, and here is the beginning of an explanation as to why. Continue reading

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Did you have a choice?

Did you get a choice about where and how you gave birth? Was it a real choice or just a list of options you couldn’t have or didn’t have enough information to choose from? Where women are given a real choice many do choose to have their babies at home, and they do so safely and happily. Continue reading

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So, why does the system feel challenged by doulas?

Doulas struggle with issues like the fact that the vast majority of committed and caring health professionals are not able to provide safe and effective care within the system.  Their practice is constrained by policies and procedures which are often … Continue reading

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Am I a midwife?

Are you a midwife? The short answer is no, but here is the long version… Continue reading

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