A time in between-Waiting for a birth as a doula

A time in between-Waiting for a birth as a doula

I love the article  " The Last Days of Pregnancy: A Place of In-Between" by Jana Studelska,. I send it to my clients when they are fed up waiting for the baby to arrive. Jana uses a German word: 'Zwischen', which means 'between', to describe the unusual but necessary...

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You are the expert in what is right for you

You are the expert in what is right for you

You are the expert when it comes to making decisions in your life. This is one of the most important points I share with my clients. I think it applies to many things outside of pregnancy and birth too! It can be tempting to defer decisions to experts such as doctors...

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How to normalise rest and support after birth

How to normalise rest and support after birth

One of the reasons I wrote my book, Why postnatal recovery matters, is because I got fed up of witnessing new mothers struggle and blame themselves for it. As a society we are blind to the needs of new mothers. When they struggle to adapt and adjust to the intense...

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Getting out of overwhelm

Getting out of overwhelm

A few years ago I started my journey out of overwhelm. I was overworked and stressed and I didn’t know how to get out of the cycle. I was trying to work harder out of it. It was so bad that I remember stopping to pick some berries on a week day on my way home and...

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Baby shower? Have a mother blessing instead.

Baby shower? Have a mother blessing instead.

What is a mother blessing? You probably have heard of a baby shower, but have you heard of mother blessing? It is a celebration and honouring of a woman’s transition into motherhood. A mother blessing is a celebration that takes place during pregnancy and which is...

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The lost art of postnatal wrapping

The lost art of postnatal wrapping

All around the world, there is a custom to binding the hip and/or the belly for the first few weeks after birth. It makes sense when you think about it, because of the amazing changes the body undergoes during pregnancy and after the birth. During pregnancy, the whole...

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The buffet curator: an analogy for doula work

The buffet curator: an analogy for doula work

Imagine you were going to a buffet restaurant in a foreign country, and that you had no idea what the foods on offer tasted like, or what the dishes contained. Imagine that you didn’t speak or read the language Imagine that you had your own dietary restrictions, such...

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