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Catherine Bell Birth Cartographer
boldly go where no birth plan has gone before
boldly go where no birth plan has gone before


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Guest Post: Navigating the Motherhood
Guest Post: Navigating the Motherhood
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Nipples got me banned from facebook. I deleted my facebook page and profiles in order to maintain my integrity. In my book I made all my dot points nipples, using a drawn nipple.

I want to see the female nipple, and breast, desexualised. A nipple provides nutrition and comfort, and yet, this awesome part of the female anatomy is deemed inappropriate?
A male nipple can be on show...because it is usually not functional?

I heard a story of a person woman who had a breastfeeding image taken down, but successful protested and had it reinstated by declaring she had identified as a male when the photo was taken.

What is the world coming to!
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rate it! buy it! share it!!
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The workbook for 'The Birth Map: boldly go where no birth plan has gone before'.

pre-order 'The Birth Map' before August 19th via
for your chance to win back your money (up to $100)

package your pre-order with copies of 'This is Your Birth' for even more saving.

Be quick, and you'll also score a bonus copy of 'Birth Journeys' thanks to the generosity and support of Leonie MacDonald. (only a few copies left!)
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Have you discovered The Birth Map yet?

It boldly goes where no birth plan has gone before! Midwives love this approach, partners love this approach and - most importantly - birthing women love this approach!

The BOOK is launching the second edition in September. The pre-order 20% off offer is open until August 19 (pre-launch is Australia only, post launch distribution is worldwide).

Also available in the pre-launch is the workbook, which is ideal for birth workers and experienced birth mappers.

You can order now here: or follow the poetic blogging journey.
More than just another birth book!
More than just another birth book!
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Visit to discover Birth Cartography.

You can get the monthly newsletter and join the free Member Area. There is a wealth of resources and support opportunities.

Catherine offers Birth Cartography workshops and private sessions, and ongoing support through First Year Parenting Mentoring.

Her book 'The Birth Map: boldly going where no birth plan has gone before' is now in it's second edition. The book is divided into three sections, plus an appendix.
Section One helps set Your Scene, giving you insights into the maternity system, and how to navigate it on your terms. Explaining what is involved in making an Informed Decision and what your care options are. The section is linked to the to give further insight and resources as your explore your options.
Section Two focuses on The Questions you need to ask in order to prepare a Birth Map for your care providers. Covering the three pathways of Informed Birth Preparation, these Questions allow for advanced care preparation for various scenarios, which avoids stressful on-the-spot decisions and unnecessary interventions.
Section Three takes you Beyond the Birth. What to really expect, how to create your community of support and 'what is normal?'.
An appendix gives a glossary, list of recommended reading and covers resources and support for special circumstances.
The book is completed with pages awaiting The Birth Story.

Birth workers and experienced birth mappers can get the workbook 'This Birth Belongs to', which focuses on Section Two of 'The Birth Map' (the birth map written for care providers). Pages for the Birth Story are included.

Both books are designed to be written in. With white space for notes, affirmations, journalling or mindful doodling. The book becomes as unique as the awesome woman using it, a record of her journey.

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I sense a disturbance in the force
AND I agree, of course,
That the tamers are causing trouble
And this post bursts the bubble!
Unrealistic expectations
And difficult relations
Social media does help the 'mummy wars'

Questions need reframing
Which can be very draining
Misinformation seems to rule
In the deep end of the pool
Bad advice abound
Is what i found
In the world of baby taming.

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The full webinar can be viewed by registering for the Member Area on

Joining also gives you the monthly newsetter, jam packed with awesome articles on pregnancy, birth, and parenting. The newsletter goes out on the 17th, the June edition is already overflowing with awesome, with more to come. Topics include twins, advance maternal age, GBS, roadside birth, sleep, pocket money pay gap. June has a delightful reading of 'Perfect'.

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