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The choice belongs to YOU!

An informed choice is a well thought out decision, based on accurate understanding of the full range of options, the risks and benefits of each option and their possible results.

The decisions you and your partner make during the months of your pregnancy and leading up to your baby's birth will be vitally important for the well-being of you and your baby.

Well researched information facilitates informed choice.

No one should pressure you to choose a certain option.

The choice belongs to YOU. You must apply this information to your unique circumstances.

You are the experts on your own life and family and you can make the best decisions for YOU.

Woman researching birth options

Social trends, media hype or pressure from healthcare professionals, like your doctor or midwife, or even well-meaning friends and family should not cloud your judgment.

The huge range of options and the volume of information you discover may be overwhelming.

Certain topics can seem multi-faceted and complex, so you need to be able to discern what is reliable, accurate, evidence-based information and which is not.

Don't be influenced by traditions, routines, opinions or old wives' tales.

Don't listen to people who want to tell you birth horror stories. Rather learn from those who have had positive experiences.

This is where we can help you.

Before you make any decisions you should know the following. Read these statements more than once so they really sink in!

  • Birth is a normal function of the female body. (It is as natural as going to the bathroom - we just don't do it as frequently!)
  • Our bodies are well-designed for this function.
  • Birth is generally very safe for both women and babies. Normally, it is not an emergency, an illness or dangerous.
  • Giving birth is a key life experience that profoundly affects a woman and her family.
  • Birth memories last a lifetime.
  • Women have an innate inner wisdom that guides them through the birth experience.
  • Education about pregnancy and giving birth empowers women to make informed choices, to assume responsibility for their health and to trust their inner wisdom and innate ability to give birth to and nurture a baby.
  • Women have the right to give birth naturally, without any medical intervention.
  • Careproviders should not diminish a women's confidence in her ability to give birth.
  • A woman can safely give birth in a birthing unit or at home.

Now before you make assumptions or any decisions, research the following and explore your options:

Where will you birth your baby?

This is possibly one of the most important choices you will have to make.

Where will you be most comfortable?

Have you considered becoming a work-at-home-mom after the birth?

Research has shown that a continuous relationship between a mother and her child for the first three years of the child's life is critical for optimal brain development as well as for good social and emotional development.

Children who are left with caregivers do not enjoy the same benefits as children who are primarily cared for by their mothers.

An online income has made it possible for me (Shirley) to earn a generous income on the internet as a stay-at-home-mom.

“How would you feel about taking home a different child every night?...Well, if you don’t want any child but your own, why should he or she want any mother but you?” - Mary Pride, The Way Home


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