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Secret for enabling natural births


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Presentation made at the Childbirth, Naturally Conference, Florence Italy, 2011. How to achieve natural births and improve birth outcomes.

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Secret for enabling natural births

  1. 1. The secret for enabling natural births Andrea Robertson Director, Birth International Sydney, Australia
  2. 10. Baby Callum was born safely in his parents flooded house and were airlifted out by helicopter a day later.
  3. 11. The Australian aboriginal people are the oldest race – 40,000 years of continuous presence on earth
  4. 12. Birth scene from the Bayon Temple, Ankor Wat Cambodia, circa 1000 AD
  5. 20. Current WHO statistics : <ul><ul><ul><li>Italy 37.4% </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>USA 30.2% </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Australia 30.8% </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Canada 26.3% </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Germany 27.8% </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ireland 25.4% </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>France 18.8% </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 21. Countries with a midwifery model of care <ul><ul><ul><li>The Netherlands 13.7% </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Norway 16.6% </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sweden 16.5% </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New Zealand 23.7% </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>United Kingdom 24.3% </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 26. Traditional birth attendant in Uganda
  8. 27. Traditional Birth Attendant Hanifa holds her tool kit in which she keeps basic equipment to assist with childbirth in an Afghan village.
  9. 28. So what is the secret for enabling natural births?
  10. 31. Family Birth Centre, King Edward Hospital, Perth, Western Australia
  11. 32. Acuario Birth Centre, Valencia, Spain
  12. 33. Traditional tatami mats and birth aids in St Lukes Birth Centre Tokyo
  13. 37. From little things, big things grow………
  14. 38. Leave us women alone to give birth to our babies as Nature intends……..
  15. 39. Thank you……..