Apr 4, 2019
Australia has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world. That is amazing and a credit to our public health system.
And, of the people who give birth in Australia, one in three experience it as a traumatic event.
Grace Jeffery is a student midwife.
She talks to the Creating Space Project about helping people feel safe and empowered in labour, and the importance of continuity of care throughout pregnancy and of good post-natal care, to reduce this experience of trauma for families.
Grace also talks to the gendered nature of midwifery, which translates back to "with women", and the ways in which this can exclude people who don't fit a binary construct of gender.
She reflects on how, while it is traditionally a very feminine space, it is fine to extend that space for people who don't identify with "woman", or "man", or "mother" or "father", so that they also can feel safe and comfortable in their experiences of becoming parents.