Have you ever watched TED talks? If not, START!!
I never have a lot of time to myself, being a mum and working, I'm always on the move. But I have made a new change to my life, I take time out for myself to build on my confidence and personal development. I'm now of the opinion there is no better way of taking a 15-20 min break than with a fresh cup of coffee (for others it may be a slice of fruit) whilst watching an inspiring TED talk. I make time for this. The ideas presented have motivated and inspired me to believe in myself and all that life offers. I wish I had watched these videos when I was pregnant with my first baby. Here are my Top 5 TED talks that have inspired my professional and personal life.
5.) Bodies of mothers, by Jade Beall
If we all grew up loving our bodies, believing in ourselves who would we be today? How might we approach pregnancy, birth and raising our children. I think we all judge ourselves and feel insecure at times because of our own personal thoughts and society's influence on us. In pregnancy, my hope is that every woman feels beautiful, secure and loves her body because her body is beautiful and AMAZING, after all she is growing a little miracle of life. That should be celebrated and treasured. This video inspires us to remember that the beauty that lies within us when pregnant is not just inner but also on the outside.
4.) How our microbes make us who we are, by Rob Knight
Microbes ....my first reaction was what are you talking about and how is that relevant to birth? Now two years later, I have a much deeper respect for my microbes, I love my microbes. Microbes make us who we are and may possibly be the most important component of who we are that we pass on to our children. It's worth knowing about it. I really enjoyed this video.
3.) 90 seconds to change the world, by Alan Greene
When a baby is born, it only receives two-thirds of its blood, the remaining third remains with its mother, unless that is, the cord is NOT clamped immediately. So, depending on where you birth, who your care provider is and/or whether you have a birth plan in place, that decision is left up to the discretion of your care providers. You may think what is the big deal, immediate cord clamping has been a practice for over 100 years. Rather, the question should be why are we doing this, why are we depriving our babies up to 1/3 of its own blood supply. So many parents are not aware of this, but you should be aware. Be informed!.
2.) Why it matters how we are born, by Bettina Breunig
Birth can be like climbing a summit. Birth is a journey that both mum and baby embark on together. Neither one alone but together. "The mother is always there, the baby feels the reassurance of her heartbeat, her familiar voice, her warmth and her love"- I love this statement from Bettina Breunig!! All women want is to provide their babies with a safe entry into the world. Have we tipped the scales so far that medical procedures are considered "normal" now and the safest way for babies to be born? Rather, should we not consider building confidence, support, better education and preparation around childbirth for women so they can achieve an unmedicalised birth, should that not be the "norm"? Are we doing what is best for the baby? The birth statistics globally suggest that something has to change.
1.) LOVE, BREATH, JUST DOULA, by Ginny Phang
"When I gave birth to this baby, I felt like a woman- hear me roar".
I love this statement from Ginny Phang. She further says "I wanted someone to believe in me.....you can do this". She then says, all she had was herself. In birthing you are present and within yourself. If they are fears around childbirth, you cannot hide from them as they will show themselves. This video demonstrates the importance of having the right support in labour and having those around you understand your expectations and desires for labour and birth. I really enjoyed this video and it demonstrates the importance of having the right support in labour and birth. Oh, I'm also a huge advocate of doulas!
This was my first blog piece, I have gained my inspiration from countless bloggers, a big thanks to those countless bloggers.
Stay tuned, I plan to do many more things in childbirth education.