Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Holy Heroes

Holy Heroes has its Summer Adventure programme out at the moment. It has just begun. We really enjoyed the Lenten journey.
I thought I would post the link, if someone is interested in joining up.
Its an email a day, and its a lovely Adventure. It has games, cooking craft and faith stories
hope you all enjoy it.

Friday, 17 July 2009

Midwifery, choices and Homebirths

I was reading through my blog list yesterday and was alerted to the post, at Signs and wonders.
I am a midwife and also have had 3 homebirths of my own.
I was appalled to think that this government can take things this far and ban homebirths.
What are they thinking, it will only promote the people wanting homebirths to 'go underground', and unregistered and unsafe practice. This is the exact reason why it should be a choice, for parents considering birth choices.
I am a firm believer in choice for birth, as it makes for a happy mother and a better outcome for birth.
Here in the Hunter Valley where I live, we had 11 midwifes several years ago,at different stages of certification for independent practice. It is also the area where the pilot study of midwifery teams was conducted. And what was there conclusion- that one on one care can reduce the need for intervention with 'high risk' cases- . this then sends the message, a women pregnant and in labour is not sick, just having a natural event in her life. So why take the choice away!!!!!
bureaucracy gone mad is my opinion. Many years ago the government passed a bill to allow trained nurses, not midwifes to work in labour wards- this was the bill of April 11, 1992. I remember because I lobbyed against it. Just like we should all do now.
This is something that will affect us all. Another choice being taken away from us!!!!
I wouldn't hesitate to have another homebirth.
There is a time and place for intervention, and yes there are women and babies in utero, who require this, but why take away a choice, overload our already overloaded delivery suites, with natural births, when majority of homebirths are 'low risk'. Midwifes are trained to be alerted to problems, and all the ones I know have a sense of inpending complications and will 'bail out', if any issues arise.
I won't go on, but please sign the petition on lyns blog. Its on the sidebar- signs and wonders.
Bless you Lyn.

Friday, 10 July 2009

Bits and Bobs

Its school holidays finally. Its been a big term. VERY Very busy for us as a family.
We came back from holidays earlier in the term knowing we would be in top speed.
I even procrastinated about turning my mobile on, for fear of the amount of txts and voice mals we would receive- where we stayed as you may remember has NO mobile coverage for our network.
Our homeschool community is very active, and we meet at least weekly, and often more.
Its great for us parents as well as the children, of course.
Anyway were was I up to, oh yes, -top speed. Our Lord had plans for me. STOP.
I hurt my knee bending down to clean the shower- how awkward- no painful would be a better word.
This kept me ned bound and then house bound for a good few weeks. Having the desired effect- stopping me in my tracks.
I had so much to do, So I ended up teaching Brid from bed. All my plans for outdoor activities out the window.
We had been busy spending time cleaning and restoring our home to the way it was before our life fell apart last year.
We succeeded, it looked great.
We cleaned, painted, washed, repaired constructed a new fence, and looked at our home with delight.
We had not been able to do this before, so it was rather empoering to get these jobs done.
Brid cleaned with us and painted- and then painted little faces on the wall next to whereshewas painting -looks cute.
so why did we do all this?????

Anyway, the children have kept us busy, Louise with her car repairs and Kristie with just life issues. My beautiful grown up girls.
One day we will be all together. In the mean time, God has given me my girls to spend time with.
Brid delights in it all. She has an amazing resiliance, and an amazing love of Our Lord. Blows me away some times.
In the middle of all of this, Dermot has been overwhelmingly busy with our business, -end of financial year in australia 30th June. The work was always pouring in. Thank you Lord for your great providence in our lifes.

We are embarking on a new part of our lives and we will all do it differently. I now my girls will all choose different paths, but that a given. It exciting, its change and its Gods plan.

Dermot & I -- we are looking forward to meeting others at the National Marriage Day- in Canberra next month.
All I know I am blessed to have been taken on this journey, and blessed to be a daughter of God.

so school holidays- here we come, with all its excitement and bumps and laughs along the way.