Articles & Links

Fixing The Hurt

Screen Shot 2013-09-16 at 4.59.05 PMThis insightful article by Linda Barnier was in Practical Parenting’s August 2008 issue. Debby Gould from Birthtalk was interviewed, along with a number of Birthtalk mums offering their stories to support other women.




Screen Shot 2013-09-16 at 5.16.57 PMPoles Apart - Birthing Again

In the October edition of Practical Parenting mag, Birthtalk mum, Emmy features in an article about having a better subsequent birth, plus there is a section on Birthtalk’s Tips For a Better Birth.



Going Past Your Due Date

In Their Own Sweet Time” : An excellent article about going ‘postdates’, by Cas McCullough, a Birthtalk mum who had  an empowered caesarean at nearly 43 weeks, followed by a VBA2C (Vaginal Birth After 2 Caesareans), at 43 weeks and 3 days.


Recommended Articles written by Dr Sarah Buckley

“Pain in Labour – Our Hormones are our Helpers” - a wonderful article we share with attendees of our courses

Dr Buckley’s article about the third stage of labour    (delivery of placenta)


Emotional Recovery from a Caesarean

From Pamela Vireday, known as Kmom, author of The Well Rounded Mama blog – a  wonderful summary and ideas from her own experiences, recovery and research


Infosheets by the National Maternity Coalition

These Infosheets offer some excellent evidence-based information not readily available.  We especially recommend the Infosheets on the following topics  :

  • Induction
  • Pre-labour rupture of membranes
  • Bearing Down or Directed Pushing
  • Third Stage of Labour
  • Baby’s Transition


Recommended Reading for our Course Attendees

These books are ‘recommended reading’ to attendees of our courses. Many of them are unavailable at regular bookstores, but we find the information contained in these titles to be extremely helpful when working towards an empowering birth. Some are available in Birthtalk’s own library, for attendees of our courses and support group to borrow.

How to Heal a Bad Birth by Melissa Bruijn and Debby Gould, (Co-founders of This ground-breaking self-help book takes the reader on a ‘Choose your own adventure’ style of healing journey… because every woman’s path to healing will be different. The pages are filled with heartfelt quotes from women, facts and insights about birth trauma, and ideas for dealing with common emotions that arise such as sadness, guilt, feelings of failure, anger and partner issues. There are step-by-step tools for healing, and immense support and compassion contained within these pages. Say the authors : “For the past 14 years we’ve been working with women after a traumatic birth in our ‘Healing From Birth’ support sessions. Because we’ve see the impact birth can have, we are gentle with women’s hearts as they step forward and acknowledge that they are ready to take the journey to healing. And we are with you all the way.”

Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering by Dr Sarah J Buckley.  Sarah is a Brisbane-based doctor and mother of 4, and is highly respected worldwide in the birthing community. We love Sarah’s work, and also recommend her website.

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer.

Birth Reborn by Michel Odent.

Rediscovering Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger

Ourselves as Mothers by Shelia Kitzinger

Birthing From WIthin by Pam England.