Doula, Antenatal and Postnatal Educator, Babywearing Instructor and Reiki Healer.

Workshops to help birth workers unleash their inner power through a unique blend of science and traditions.

  • Closing the Bones Postnatal Massage
  • Babywearing
  • Rebozo Use
  • Reiki Healing

Doula, Antenatal and Postnatal Educator, Babywearing Instructor and Reiki Healer.

Workshops to help birth workers unleash their inner power through a unique blend of science and traditions.

  • Closing the Bones Postnatal Massage
  • Babywearing
  • Rebozo Use
  • Reiki Healing
Sophie Messager

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Latest reads from my blog

Induction of labour- do you know what you’re letting yourself in for?

Induction of labour in the bane of many birthworkers lives (and of many pregnant women’s too). In the area I live in, it is reaching epidemic proportions (about 35% of first time mothers) Deciding to consent to induction is a complex decision, one that should be fully supported, without pressure or coercion, so that  women…

Reiki – the ultimate tool for birthworkers

I’ve been using Reiki to support my work as a doula for over 4 years , and I have been meaning to write down my thoughts about this for a while, if anything to help me gain clarity on it, and help others too. I think Reiki is the ultimate tool for birthworkers-one that gives…

Anger, shame and awe, a reflection on visiting a refugee camp in Dunkirk

I am just back from spending a day helping volunteers and women in a refugee camp near Dunkirk, in the North of France. I am in shock, and I am finding it hard to find the words to express the multiple layers of emotion this trip elicited. I started planning for this trip months ago,…

Slow the fuck down-how to look after yourself after the birth of your baby

Looking after new mums recently, I’ve been reminded how the message we get from our culture is seriously wrong. This emphasis on “getting back to normal” is bullshit There is no “normal” just after you’ve had a baby. This isn’t a bloody race. Yet everything is geared towards you pretending that nothing has happened, and the…

Choosing love over fear as a birthworker

As a doula the biggest lesson since I started supporting women has been to choose love over fear. I remember very early on in my doula life I witnessed a very traumatic birth -it was traumatic for the parents, and it was extremely traumatic for me. I cried for days afterwards. The mother had an…

The impostor syndrome in the birth world

  Do you sometimes suffer from impostor syndrome? Do you worry that you do not know enough, that you haven’t got enough to offer? I’ve been reminded this week that we all have different levels of knowledge. That others know more than us and that we know more than others. This doesn’t mean that we…

There is no "one size fits all"

This week I was asked to do a video on how the way I think about the people I work with (pregnant women, birthing and new families, and birthworkers) has changed since I started doing what I do. I was also asked why the transformation I facilitated in my clients means so much to me.…

Why I do what I do.

The other day someone asked me why I do what I do. I think we don’t ask ourselves that question often enough. Well I delved into the answer I realised that, at the heart of what I do, is something a lot deeper than just supporting women through birth. I want to change the world…

The importance of switching off when you work for yourself

I’m about to go on holidays. The first year I went away as a self employed birth worker, 4 years ago, I noticed for the first time that during my holiday I was still responding to work emails, something I didn’t use to do when I was an employee. I didn’t resent it but I…

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