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Online services-why should you pay for them?

It’s a very strange and stressful time we are living right now, especially if you are pregnant. There is, understandably, a lot of anxiety about the unpredictable and fast changing nature of maternity services. I am seeing a lot of comments on social media about people wanting free antenatal classes (because their hospital ones got…

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How to have a positive birth in unpredictable times

I am writing this because I know that if you are pregnant right now, the lack of information combined with the unpredictability what maternity care might look like when you give birth might be making you anxious. I am seeing a lot of worried pregnant women and new mothers asking worried questions on social media…

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Rebozo techniques for relaxation during uncertain times

I’m seeing a lot of understandably anxious pregnant women since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis. What will happen to my appointments and when I go into labour? Will I have to give birth alone? What will happen after the birth? I’ve tried to address as many of these questions in this blog about pregnancy…

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A guide to postpartum recovery during the pandemic

I am writing a book on postnatal recovery. The pandemic lockdown inspired me to write a mini emergency postnatal recovery plan, as for the foreseeing future, most women in the UK (and in many other places in the world) are likely to be at home alone with their babies, with support from only a very…

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The incredible things doulas do to support their clients

A criticism that is commonly heard in the doula world is that doulas are expensive. In the UK, healthcare is free at the point of contact. This can lead some people to believe that they shouldn’t pay for services when it comes to supporting people around anything linked to health and well-being. Last week, I…

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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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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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