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Bridget Wood

💡Creator of Film & Conversation events that elevate consciousness 🎬Coming up ‘Mantra: Sounds Into Silence’ and ‘May I Be Happy’

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We all know the value of meditation, but are you familiar with mantra? What’s it like to feel your body resonate with the uplifting sounds and vibrations of sound as a healing frequency? See the beautiful and enchanting film Mantra: Sounds Into Silence and experience the beauty of chanting with the incredibly talented @vedicvibe musicians joining us for the evening of Wednesday 31st October. If you missed our August event, don’t miss this one! 🌸

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When I entered the space at Courthouse Youth Arts in Geelong last night and saw all our exhibitors and stallholders setup, I had an overwhelming sense that we’d be changing lives with this event...so many pregnant, willing women in the room, many supported by their partners, to empower their knowledge and confidence in birth. It’s what I could only have dreamed of six years ago when I had my first baby, and it’s an awareness that many only come to (if they want to) after they have a difficult or traumatic first birth. That’s not my story, but it’s is the reality of countless women who are faced with birth trauma, PTSD and PND in their first year of motherhood...often cases which could have turned out remarkably different if these women had continuity of care with a midwife and strong emotional support through pregnancy and postnatally. Huge thanks to @geelongborn @theconceptionpsychologist @remederihealth @radiantlivinginspiringwellness @womb2move @holisticosteopathy @rohzsoycandles @feast_geelong 🙏🏻

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I joined the panel at These Are My Hours last night, hosted by @suburbansandcastlesgeelong , sharing insight into our conversation with @rheadempsey_birthingwisdom in Melbourne, and the birth culture more broadly, in the context of feminine repression, control, human rights and power. It’s a big conversation! So grateful to share in the discussion with @the_birth_house and @dashaclarke and highlight the wonderful work they do with women, babies, and families 🌱

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Yep, despite overwhelmingly positive reviews, These Are My Hours was knocked back by over 35 film festivals including Sundance and the Melbourne International Film Festival, with many festival directors citing ‘we don’t know who this is for’. Could it be the male-driven culture that dominates the film industry which is refusing to give the awe-inspiring process of birth a second look? It’s a film that depicts a woman not for the male gaze, in the full power of the feminine, in a media culture where the commodification and sexualisation of women’s bodies is the norm. Are women’s voices and values in that primal, sacred place of birth not important enough? As we heard again last night, with our event in Geelong, birth is so much more than a bringing babies safely earthside, it’s creating mothers and families, who, very often depending on their birth experience, feel broken, or empowered. “This is humanity’s oldest ritual, one foundational to all existence; the heroine’s journey of labour must be told.”

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Such a beautiful evening of learning, connection and growth together as we watched ‘These Are My Hours’ in Bayside Melbourne. Thanks to our exhibitors and stallholders @cocoandmaple @hello.lucinda @babydinkwear @suzanneworldorganics @rheadempsey_birthingwisdom @theconceptionpsychologist and @sanctuary4souls and to our community who came together to be both inspired and challenged on this important topic of how we birth babies, mothers and families 🌱

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Last night in Parkdale we brought together what @rheadempsey_birthingwisdom would term ‘willing women’ and their partners, health practitioners, grandparents, midwives and doulas to witness the profound cinematic journey into Emily Graham’s physical, emotional and spiritual experience of birth in ‘These Are My Hours’. The Q&A with Rhea after the film went for over an hour, as we unpacked the film, what Rhea now considers the ‘Labour Bypass Era’ we’re in with epidurals and intervention the norm, and how this can impact women, babies, and the experience of parenting. These can at times be uncomfortable conversations to have, because many women enter into a system where birth is ‘done to’ them and their baby. Not ‘with women’, either because we give away our power, don’t know our choices, or we opt out of feeling the experience of birth because it’s too overwhelming. It takes us to every edge because it’s supposed to. It can be excruciatingly painful, and profoundly pleasureful, too. But it is work. Thank you to everyone who joined us and we’re looking forward to another screening with @suburbansandcastlesgeelong this evening, featuring @the_birth_house and @dashaclarke on the Q&A panel 🌱

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Just a few hours until our community in Bayside Melbourne comes together for ‘These Are My Hours’ this evening...join us from 5.45pm when @redmoose_ will have the juicer humming away with concoctions like these, or if you fancy, there’ll be wine at the bar. Nourishing wraps and salads for dinner, and treats by @cocoandmaple 😋 Browse our stallholders including @sanctuary4souls @babydinkwear @suzanneworldorganics @theconceptionpsychologist and of course our speaker @rheadempsey_birthingwisdom // still a few tickets left!

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Why do we hold the beliefs we do? Where did they come from? How do they affect our physiology? Dr Bruce Lipton in The Biology Of Belief explores how much our perceptions create our reality, and I can’t help but think how much this is true for our birth culture. Join in the conversation with us this week - beginning tomorrow in Parkdale, and Thursday in Geelong!

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Today’s plan. How about you? 🌱

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How do women arrive at this place of willingness and enthusiasm about birth, something that is typically so synonymous with pain, and something just to ‘get through’? As @emmaisaacs shared recently with @australianbirthstories and as we’ll be exploring this week at ‘These Are My Hours’ in Melbourne & Geelong, it’s with knowledge, and empowered choices - and a strong belief that birth can be an powerful place of personal transformation and deep connection. A place to find profound wisdom even when it ‘doesn’t go to plan’. Join us with our stellar panel lineups including @rheadempsey_birthingwisdom in Melbourne and @the_birth_house and @dashaclarke in Geelong. Early bird tickets end tonight! Get yours via profile link ☝️

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“Are they drinking bone broth?!” said a lady walking past at the market today, incredulous. Now she was either vegan and horrified, or somewhat impressed at their willingness to drink something so nourishing. The whole ‘healthy eating’ thing can be hit and miss with my kids, but I do love how much they enjoy @thebrothsisters creations, usually as a base for soups and rissottos. I love seeing our stallholders out and about in the community 🌱

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Joining us as an exhibitor at ‘These Are My Hours’ in Melbourne & Geelong is Cath Corcoran @theconceptionpsychologist . We are so thrilled to be able to put the spotlight on such a great practitioner, and service for women, and couples trying to conceive a baby - a process that can be painful and heartbreaking for some // Cath is a successful Conception & Fertility Specialist and Perinatal, Birth & Postnatal Consultant. She is an experienced Psychologist in both clinical & counselling settings. After 15 years as a psychologist within psychiatric settings working for major hospitals rurally and for The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne; in addition private practice, Cath has been called to exclusively work with and has a passion to assist couples wanting to have children. She works with females, males and couples who are trying to conceive. Both in conjunction with IVF or looking to start a family and have been trying naturally. Her work is not limited to those who have never conceived, many women she sees have experienced miscarriages and/or have already had a child and may be finding it difficult to conceive or carry another child. Cath breathes fresh air into any presenting issues with her therapeutic approach and holistic view when working with people. She is a firm believer in the mind-body connection and treating the body as a whole not as isolated systems. As a psychologist, she feels her role is to help people find their own answers within themselves; inspiring and supporting them to make shifts, to change and to transform. Cath believes many people still feel that conception and having a baby is purely physical. Her aim is to shift that paradigm, and her work has highlighted that the mind and body are connected and that once people are conscious and aware of the psychological impact, they are able to shift some long standing difficulties and ultimately open them up to conceive and have a baby 🌱

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Morning explorers ☀️ how grateful are we, to live by the sea 🙏🏻

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“Women come out saying, ‘with the right support, I can do anything!’” // @rheadempsey_birthingwisdom featured in the upcoming film @birthtimeworld . Next week at ‘These Are My Hours’ in Bayside Melbourne we are thrilled to have Rhea as our speaker after the film, where we’ll dive into the themes the film raises on birth culture, women’s wisdom, fear in birth, pain and trusting women, and birth. With 40 years as a birth attendant, more recently in what she calls the ‘labour bypass era’ of increasing intervention, many women have lost the trust in their capacity to birth. We’ll explore why that is, and what’s required to change the culture to empower women with greater choice and autonomy 🌱 Join us Wednesday 17th October in Parkdale, tickets via link ☝️

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You can be compliant or authentic. Rarely, can you be both.

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We are loving this beautiful, functional baby carrier that you wear like a top from @babydinkwear - close and snug but no wrapping! I ‘wore’ both my babies from birth like this, but with the often cumbersome wrapping techniques so I love this ‘best of both worlds’ solution that @babydinkwear have created 👌🏻 they’re joining us as an exhibitor at ‘These Are My Hours’ so if you’re pregnant, have a newborn, or you’re looking for a gift for a new mama, come and check them out & learn more about all the benefits to Mum and baby, including assisting vestibular development, bonding, and settled sleep, just to name a few!

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Not just for mothers, pregnant women or families, ‘These Are My Hours’ is a film that makes a thoughtful and poetic comment on the ways in which we are socially conditioned to hand over our power, and bodies, in birth, and how we could change the story if we so desire. Join us in Melbourne next Wednesday 17th Oct with a special conversation with @rheadempsey_birthingwisdom and on Thursday 18th Oct in Geelong with @the_birth_house and @dashaclarke on our panel // tickets via link in profile 🌸

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Children have a profound way of teaching us what it looks like to feel the fullness of life 🌱When I need a reminder to ‘be’ as they are, I come to the sea.

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