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Birth Balance: Bringing balance from bump to birth and beyond

The Assessment of Progress This article was written for AIMS Journal (2011, vol. 23, no. 2) MidwifeThinking mothers, birth, babies and midwifery

The idea that birth should be efficient originated in the 17th century when men used science to re-define birth [1]. The body was conceptualised as a machine and birth became a process with stages, measurements, timelines, and mechanisms. This belief continues to underpin our approach to childbirth today

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