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Nappy Free with Nicole Moore
Nicole Moore, founder of Nappy Free and Birth Into Being Australia, speaks about her passion for nappy free or elimination communication for babies.
Recorded by Sally Cusack in March 2019.
Presented by Kirilly Dawn at 99.9 BayFM Byron Bay on 24 June 2019.
Guest: Nicole Moore
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Our Kids Belong With Family with Rärriwuy Hick
In this episode, Kirilly speaks with Rärriwuy Hick, Yolngu woman, actress, artist, storyteller and the founder of Our Kids Belong With Family - a campaign which she started on 13th February 2017, after her nephews were forcibly removed by Territory Families without following their own kinship protocols or notifying immediate family.
In this episode we speak of themes of child removal, the Stolen Generation, the NT Intervention, abuse and violence by the colonial state. Please listen with care, as these topics and parts of the conversation may be distressing.
We want to acknowledge and pay our respects to the people of the Stolen Generation, to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who have themselves, their ancestors, and their Country, been affected by the Stolen Generation, and to those who are being impacted today by forced child removals by the state. We hope this story offers some healing to you, to know that you aren't alone and that the episode may offer some tips from Rärriwuy as you continue to fight the system - a fight we wish you did not have to endure.
Our Kids Belong With Family is a four year global campaign that aims to raise awareness on the international human rights abuse of Indigenous Children and their families navigating the trauma of child removal by the Australian nation state.
In this powerful and intimate conversation, Rärriwuy shares her story of the heartache, trauma and triumph in her journey to get her kids back. We ask that you listen with respect to her and her family and their privacy. Rärriwuy has also written about the campaign and her journey to create change and accountability for the Australia nation state which has historically and systematically forcibly removed Indigenous children since colonisation began.
You can support Our Kids Belong With Family by posting an image of yourself to social media, holding a piece of paper with "#OurKidsBelongWithFamily" and please use the hashtag and tag the instagram account @ourkidsbelongwithfamily on the 13th of Feb.
You can also donate to the new Go Fund Me campaign for Our Kids Belong With Family, which is raising money to help those families and children who have suffered from being forcibly removed to heal.
RESOURCES AND INFORMATION
For those wanting to learn more about the Stolen Generation, and the Australian Government's policies and history of state enforced child removal, please visit:
Grandmother's Against Removal:
https://aftertheapology.com/ - important film to watch
ID Know Yourself: Mentoring and support for children who have experienced out of home care
The Art of Listening to your Body with Jin Ong
In this interview, Oni Blecher speaks with Jin Ong. Jin Ong is an Osteopath, Psychosomatic Therapist, Personal & Practitioner Coach. Jin lives and works with her partner and children in the beautiful lakeside town of Wanaka, New Zealand. In the recent years, Jin has moved from practicing solely as an osteopathic practitioner toward training individuals and practitioners on psychosomatics.
Psychosomatic awareness is based from the theory that your stored emotions may result in adverse physical and psychological outcomes. With an ever broadening awareness around trauma resulting in physical outcomes or the memory of trauma being encoded in the viscera such as elaborated upon in Bessel Van Der Kolk’s book ‘The Body Keeps The Score’. Jin’s work focusses upon the link between the emotional and the physical and in this interview, we look at how that link can effect our way of looking at our body’s functionality, particularly in the pre conception, conception, pregnancy, birth, and postpartum stages of life.
On the About page of Jin’s website; theartoflisteningtoyourbody.com, there is a short interview with Jin introducing herself and the work that she does. To receive a direct introduction from her, I recommend having a listen.
A part of mine and Jin’s conversation covers infant loss, abortion and miscarriage. If these topics are sensitive or triggering for you or those around you, please listen with care.
Enjoy this conversation !
Birth Sovereignty Panel
What does birth sovereignty, and decolonising the maternity care system, look and feel like? How does the current patriarchal birth culture impact First Nations women and marginalised communities? How can we re-imagine a birth culture that centres and supports women and birthing people? And how can we all embody the change we wish to see?
This episode is a recording of a live panel on 'Birth Sovereignty' by PBB and hosted at the Returning on Bundjalung Country in November 2020. PBB presenter, Barkindji woman Kirilly Dawn, speaks with four incredible birth keepers, mothers and change makers: Bronwyn Bancroft, Angela Coe, Mei Lai Swan and Aimee Aroha, who explore birth sovereignty, the context of modern birth culture through a decolonial lense, and share their stories , experiences and their visions for change.
Panel members include:
Bronwyn Bancroft, Bundjalung elder, artist, mother and sovereign birth advocate;
Angela Coe, Wiradjuri midwife and founder of @birthingourway
Mei Lai Swan, co-founder of Birth for Humankind and Yoga for Humankind
and Aimee Aroha, Maori Australian birth keeper and transpersonal therapist. Each of these women share their knowledge and perspective on what decolonising the dominant birth culture and maternity care system looks & feels like, and offer their vision for change.
This panel was recorded at The Returning, and Aboriginal owned and run not for profit wellbeing event that occurs twice a year on Bundjalung Country. Over 75% of tickets for this event are exchange or scholarship, for Indigenous women, single mothers, refugees and women in need, with the ethos that no woman is left behind, opening up cultural and healing spaces for all in the community. To learn more visit www.thereturningthegathering.com
The songs of kookaburras, cicadas, other winged ones and bubs and children can be heard in this episode as they added to the soundscape of the event on the day (and contributed to the panel in their own way).
To connect with panel members:
Bronwyn Bancroft, Bundjalung artist and elder: www.bronwynbancroft.com
Angela Coe, Wiradjuri Midwife: @birthingourway on Instagram
Mei Lai Swan, co-founder of Birth for Humankind: www.birthforhumankind.org
Aimee Aroha, birthkeeper and transpersonal therapist: www.www.thestonedchrysalis.com or @ripsnorter on instagram
Organisations mentioned in this episode are:
Waminda South Coast:
Birthing on Country - Best start to life — Wamindahttp://www.waminda.org.au and their Go Fund Me: https://au.gofundme.com/f/birthing-on-country
Sisters Inside: https://www.sistersinside.com.au
And their Go Fund Me: https://au.gofundme.com/f/bfvnvt-freethepeople
Reducing the C-section Rate, Equitable and Safe Maternity Care with Dr Neel Shah
“If your c-section is high that means that you’re not supporting people in labour, that’s just a fact.” - Dr Neel Shah
A cesarean section, or c-section is the most performed major surgery on the planet, it is also the most controversial. In the many years since they have been introduced, mortality and morbidity rates - the rates which this intervention has been introduced to lower, have increased and women are more likely to die in childbirth in this generation, than their mothers.
Today on the show we bring you the insights and experience of Dr Neel Shah, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School. Listed among the “40 smartest people in health care” Dr Shah has written more than 50 peer-reviewed academic papers and contributed to four books, including as senior author of Understanding Value-Based Healthcare (McGraw-Hill).
We talk equity and safety in maternity healthcare and reducing the C-section rate. Some alarming stats alongside lots of hope are in the pot today, grab your notebook and writing apparatus and enjoy the powerful slow cooked gen.
“.. that means, in 2021, the biggest risk factor for a mother anywhere in the world to get a c-section, is not her personal risks or her personal preferences but which hospital she goes to”
“The wellbeing of mothers is the bellwether for the wellbeing of all of us”
“If mothers are unwell, society is unwell”. - Dr Neel Shah
Dr. Neel Shah, MD, MPP, FACOG, is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Delivery Decisions Initiative at Harvard’s Ariadne Labs. As an obstetrician-gynaecologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Dr. Shah cares for patients at critical life moments that range from childbirth to primary care to surgery. As a scientist and social entrepreneur, he is a globally recognised expert in designing solutions that improve health care.
Dr. Shah is also founder of Costs of Care, an NGO that curates insights from clinicians and patients to help delivery systems provide better care. In 2017, he co-founded the March for Moms Association, a coalition of more than 20 leading organisations, to increase public and private investment in the wellbeing of mothers. Dr. Shah currently serves on national advisory boards of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Office of Women’s Health Research at the National Institutes of Health.
Find more about Dr Shah here: https://scholar.harvard.edu/shah/home & https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/neel-shah/
Harvard's Ariadne Labs: https://www.ariadnelabs.org/about-us/
March for Mums: https://marchformoms.org
Expecting More: https://www.expectingmore.org
We'd love to hear from you, if you have any questions/comments about this, other interviews or our work at PBB Media, shoot us a line at email@example.com.
Guest: Dr Neel Shah
Produced, edited and presented by Annalee Atia
The Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond show is part of a wider nonprofit community media and journalism project, PBB Media.
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The Birth Matrix with Craniosacral Teacher Hugh Milne
In this episode, Oni Blecher speaks with Hugh Milne. Hugh Milne is a third-generation Scottish osteopath and now craniosacral teacher and educator through his self-founded education body, ‘Milne Institute’. He spends most of professional time teaching visionary craniosacral work internationally. He was born in 1948 and received his professional training at the British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy in London after which going on to receive a rich and colourful variation of experiences and education in the healing arts. Hugh has written three books; Volume 1 and 2 of The Heart of Listening, and ‘Baghwan, The God That Failed’, about his decade of living and serving in close proximity to Bagwhan, where he continued to learn more about the body and the human capacity for extra sensory abilities and healing. In 1988, Hugh moved to Big Sur in California and now lives in Ashland, Oregon with his partner, and teaches his 7 levels of craniosacral work internationally.
This was a special interview for Oni Blecher as it was Hugh that introduced her to what some would call body work, and since 2012, she has completed all of her training with Milne through Milne Institute as well as assisting him and his teachers. Oni says; "The foundations of this visionary work always underpins my understanding of the human experience, as well as allowed me to deeply understand the psychospiritual and psychophysiological nature of birth and early life. Lucky enough to be able to work with pregnant and postpartum mothers, babies, and children, I understand the sometimes hard to explain value of this work and am very grateful to Hugh for coming on the show and explaining from his deep experiential well, what he sees this value as". Enjoy this conversation. If you have feedback or would like to leave a rating for our podcast, this is greatly appreciated and helps us understand your needs around our information sharing.