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Drum healing, bullshit?

I want to tell my story into drum healing because I hope that it may encourage others to explore this modality too. Before I moved from science into doulaing I had a friend called Peter Voshol who is a scientist and a shaman and made drums and did drum healing. I remember thinking :drum healing?…

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The Phoenix process

If you follow my blog you might have felt surprised that I haven’t posted anything since last July, when I typically wrote a monthly or twice monthly post before. This is because, early in the summer, I experienced a personal and professional crisis of devastating proportions. A midwife made a complaint against me, a handful…

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Nurturing postpartum recipes-Chicken and red date soup

Yesterday I cooked and delivered a traditional Chinese postpartum dish called chicken and red date soup to a new mother. It is a tradition I started a few years ago when I supported my first Chinese client as a birth doula. She found me by asking if there was a Chinese doula in the local…

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Why I want to change the nature of postnatal support

Earlier this week I wrote a blog that’s been playing on my mind for many years. It’s called “why I wish I had hired a postnatal doula” In this blog I explain how challenging I found new motherhood, how lonely and upset I felt through those early weeks and how I longed for some support…

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Why I wish I had hired a postnatal doula

When I was pregnant with my first child, I hired a birth doula. This was the best thing I have ever done and it has had positive effects beyond anything I could have expected, because it didn’t just impact how positive my pregnancy and birth were, it led to a complete transformation of who I…

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The “untried penis”

Women sometimes get told that they cannot give birth at home with their first baby because they have an “untried pelvis”. What if we told men they couldn’t have sex at home the first time because they have an “untried penis” Just imagine a young couple going to see a health professional, to discuss their…

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Taking the red pill: why I became a doula course leader

The Developing Doulas course, and its founder, Maddie McMahon, have a special history for me. Back in 2005, when I was pregnant with my son, I hired Maddie as my doula. The experience was so incredibly empowering and life transforming that it started me on the path of a complete career conversion, and I went…

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Confessions of a hippy scientist : 3 years on.

Three years ago today, I published a blog call “confessions of a hippy scientist“. In this blog, I came out as a science meets woo person, something I had shied away from for a couple of years. You see I’ve got a PhD in biology and spend 20 years working as a research scientist. When…

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