Category: Craft reflections

A break for crafting and self-care…

As this post goes live, I will be at the CAPERS Passage to Motherhood conference in Brisbane, Australia, and I rather hope that I will be spending a bit of my time in the red tent crafting area which is…

Incorporating bacteria into childbirth education

The past couple of years have seen more germ-related research, thinking and discussion than ever, and there is a noteable swing away from the one-sided view that germs are ‘bad’ things to be avoided and washed away with antibacterial soap…

How to make your own vagina!

On my recent tours around the UK and Australia, I met many lovely midwives and birth folk who had great ideas for keeping birth normal and promoting women’s knowledge and confidence.  One was Susan Stephenson, a midwife in Yorkshire who…

15 ways to knit a uterus

As promised to a participant in a recent craft and birth session, today I am sharing my collection of links to free knitting and crochet patterns for uteruses (or uteri – I’m never quite sure?!) and other body parts.  If…

Home-made birth hearts recipe…

I’ve written a lot of research-focused posts recently; here’s a crafty one to balance that out…  I’m still planning to write something more general about the way I use craft in birth and midwifery education, so if that is of…

The value of the knitting midwife

Lately I have been working on an article on knitting, which feels a little strange in some ways because knitting is more of a Winter activity for me and it is FAR too hot here in Wiltshire to even think…