Moon during early hours of morning whilst driving to a home birth

“You are love in my eyes” – a dad’s story

All I can say whilst I lie on the ground next to the couch that my two girls are sleeping on is that this all feels like a dream. To be honest I’m exhausted so everything seems extremely surreal right now. Yesterday there were two of us, now there are three. So I don’t think … Read more

A Seven-armed sea star (Astrostole scabra) in a rock pool

A Sometimes Needed Reminder

Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work. One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like … Read more

A photographic story

I’m blissful, so in love, so grounded and proud all my mahi paid off, being healthy, prepared, educated and connected. Our birth was spiritual, healing, hormonal, intense and full of ahua and wairua. I was visited by my tupuna, my Nana and my Nan both making themselves known and present to me. I left my … Read more

April 2015 lunar eclipse

Octavia’s birth

Octavia’s birth. (Or the coming of the blood moon baby lol, and why I chose a home birth) I had my first baby in 2012, back then the idea of having a baby in any other setting but hospital scared the blazes out of me. All that risk, no instant access to machines and doctors. … Read more

Birth Story: Willow's Journey

Willow’s Journey

This labour was so different from my last two. I was fully expecting the same pattern of nothing and then straight into active labour of about three hours long. But after 12+ hours of very irregular, intense but short surges and a lot of it in my back, I figured this time round I was … Read more

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