Baby has to come out one way or another.. The Pink Kit method can help.

This is my first in series of posts about childbirth education methods. This is my favourite since it is teach yourself and common sense. Both of which I am a big fan of.

If you’re pregnant, then you will give birth. Take a moment to think about your own life: your beliefs, religion, available choices for childbirth, health issues, what you’ve been taught about childbirth from your mother or father, your previous birth experiences and what you want for this birth. Then take a moment to look around you at your neighbours, work colleagues, or other women you pass on the street. What do you share in common with ALL these other women?

Can you blink or cough? Can ALL those other women do the same? Of course! That’s what we have in common…our human body. Using that ‘of course’ as a basis of thinking, know that there is a way for any woman to prepare for childbirth that teaches us about our birthing body. It’s such common knowledge that you’ll wonder way you didn’t know it before. That’s why Common Knowledge Trust has produced The Pink Kit Method for birthing better™ resources.

Have a think about your choices about childbirth. The assessments, monitoring and procedures your birth professional is speaking with you about, your concerns about ‘pain’, possible pain relief options and even possibly having a non-labouring birth. Take a moment to think about any health issues that might affect your birth choices and think about your Birth Plan.

Even when you write a birth plan, they very rarely go exactly according to plan. When you learn the skills in The Pink Kit, you can take those skills with you into whatever birth you find yourself having. Regardless of where or with whom you will birth or whatever is happening to you or around you. Even if you find yourself having  a non-labouring caesarean then you can use these resources to prepare for the birth of your child anyway , thus giving you a deep sense of connection to the process of childbirth.

If you are going to labour and give birth, you can learn how to use your body’s natural responses to help. You’ll still have to breathe, so why not learn the Directed Breathing to help you breathe through intense contractions. You’ll still either be sitting, lying, standing or walking, so why not learn how to relax your pelvic muscles to give baby plenty of room to do what needs to be done.  Use ‘ The Pelvic Clock ‘ as a focus to keep relaxed inside and learn how to Map Your Pelvis so you can find the positions that really keep you open, even if you have to stay in bed… or even if you choose to stay in bed.

Consider your partner. Men and women are very different but they still have a human body. Using The Pink Kit Method for birthing better™, your partner can experience the same awareness of his body as you do in preparing for birth. This helps fathers become the exceptional coaches at birth, you want them to be. At it’s simplest, birth is moving an object (baby) through a tube (pelvis), opening a diaphragm (cervix) and opening an aperture (vagina). You are the container and you can use your mind to  prepare those areas, keep them relaxed and mentally accept the sensations by using these skills; then your baby will come out of your body into your arms more easily. Fathers love this kind of  information. It’s practical mechanics and it works.

Have a bit of a think about labour. It’s like driving on an unknown journey. The journey is unknown, even if you’ve taken it before… this one will be different. However, if you’ve already learned to drive the car, the journey will be easier. The Pink Kit is your driving manual. You can learn how to drive your vehicle (your body) through this unknown journey. Your partner can help you throughout as he learns the skills to keep you focused, relaxed and able to meet the challenge of the experience. He can help you reduce back labour with The Sacral Manoeuvre or relax tension in your hips and create space for your baby with The Hip Lift. He can help you prepare your ‘aperture’ so that it opens easily and heals rapidly.

Many women who do a lot of the Internal Work, will tell you that they ‘didn’t feel like I had a baby’ several hours after birth. I can personally atest to this. I have been up and about less than hour after the birth of all three of my children, I know it is because I prepared my body for the birthing process, I wasn’t just lucky to avoid stitches and birth easily, I worked hard to give myself the best chance at doing so. My husband worked hard at understanding how help me do so. We managed a ‘natural’, drug free birth even though some interventions were necessary due to pre-eclampsia.  It wasn’t luck as I was told by the attending midwife, it was preparation.

I will get around to posting my birth stories sometime soon, but I can tell you now that each one had bought its own challenges, some of them major, some not so major. Each one would have been a completely different experience if my husband and I went into it without the knowledge and skills we learnt in preparation for the big event. I love the Pink Kit method because it helps you to teach yourself about the process of birth and how to use your body to make it work for you, whatever birthing situation you may find yourself in.

Cloth Nappies- Easy On Mum, Baby and Land Fill

It used to be that nappies (or diapers for my American friends) were such a hassle; mothers had no choice but to use cloth nappies, clumsy pins, and annoying covers. Then they invented disposable nappies and most mothers thought it was a miracle. Now, about 80% of babies use disposables. But are disposable nappies really better? Before you go grab a pack of Huggies, catch up on some of the benefits of cloth.

Figure out about how many nappies you use in a week and multiply it by 52. Next time you go to buy nappies, look at how much they cost. You’ll find that it’s a lot of nappies, translating to a lot of money. The average parent spends two to three thousand dollars keeping their baby’s bottom clean up to age three. Now take a look at the cost of cloth nappies, even our most expensive premium cloth nappies cost no more than $800 (Aussie dollars) for a full time stash. Sure, that’s a bit of an outlay, but you don’t have to buy them every week. Cloth nappies have a small added expense of doing extra laundry every week, but it still doesn’t compare to the cost of disposables.

Now, go back to the number of nappies you calculated earlier and times that by how many other people in the world use disposables every year. Pretty big number isn’t it? In the U.S. alone, 18 billion are thrown into landfills every year. Not only do they take up tons of space but they are not biodegradable. Plus, they’re just sitting there full of hazardous waste. Urine and faeces can contain harmful bacteria; which can work their way into the environment and even your water supply. Sure, animals poo where ever they want and it’s seen as nature at work, but all the animals in an area don’t dump their poo in one place like disposed of disposable nappies.

When I was a baby, my Mum used cloth. Not because they were cheaper or environmentally friendly, but because that’s what everyone did in the ’70’s and because the disposables she did try made me break out in a horrible rash O.K- disposables have come a long way since then, but lots of babies still suffer nappy rash because of them. If you switch to cloth nappies, you may find that some of your child’s nappy rash is actually caused by the irritation from disposables. Even if your kids aren’t allergic, nappies contain toxic chemicals including dioxin, which can cause cancer, birth defects, liver damage, skin diseases, and genetic disorders. And you know those absorbent crystals you see when you rip open up a diaper? Those are the same chemicals removed from tampons because they were linked with toxic shock syndrome in women. Sure, the chances these chemicals might harm your child is low, but have there been any studies to show they are safe?

Most mums choose disposables because they think cloth nappies are annoying and inconvenient. What they don’t realise is that cloth nappies have changed since we were kids. Nappy pins have been replaced with convenient snappies and Velcro-like materials (Velcro itself isn’t flexible enough). You can also get fitted nappies to help keep out leaks. If you don’t like those annoying plastic covers, you can get lovely woollen ones; these are especially fun because you can find them in great colours and pattern. Wool is also more comfortable than plastic covers, but works just as well, so long as you don’t compress it too much (no onesies to sleep in).

For anyone who is good with a sewing machine, I made some no cost modern cloth nappies out of recycled curtains and bed sheets. They work really well. I just got sick of sewing them and bought Cushie Tushies instead. I still use my home made pocket nappies when I haven’t done the washing for several days. I used the Rita’s Rump Pocket diaper pattern which you can find here

And I watch this sewing tutorial several times, because I’m no sewer and this made it easy.

And here is the finished product expertly modelled by my little monkey, Andrew.


If you just like the convenience of disposable nappies, you need modern cloth all in one’s. They are just like a disposable only washable. No folding, no pins, change them every 4 hours, don’t change them overnight. I use them just the same as I used disposables with my older children and never have leaks. You don’t even soak these nappies, they go straight into the wash. You’ll find my favourites in the shop. I am happy to take international orders so feel free to take advantage of our struggling Aussie dollar. Postage is charged at cost and by sea mail, it’s really inexpensive 😉

So, why not save the environment, save some cash, and help your kids stay healthy by using good old dependable cloth nappies.

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