Sacral release : the most powerful of all spinning babies techniques?

This week I attended the advanced spinning babies workshop with Gail Tully and Debra Mc Laughlin. I already knew many of the techniques, having learnt them with other birthworkers, and having refined them by attending the first spinning babies workshop in 2016. Spinning babies, the brain child of American midwife Gail Tully, is a set…

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Reflections on four years as a doula

This week is world doula week and I thought it would be the perfect occasion to reflect on what I have learnt since I became a doula. I kind of fell into doulaing when my friend Maddie McMahon invited me to attend her first ever Developing Doulas course, back in 2008. Four years later, Maddie…

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Do you find it hard to charge for your services?

I have been meaning to write this for a while. This week I had a couple of conversations both online and in real life, which finally gave me the impetus to write it I have 4 hats: doula, antenatal and postnatal educator, babywearing instructor and healer, and therefore interact with a lot of people in…

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How to survive a long birth as a doula

When I started working as a doula, one of my biggest fears was: how will I survive the sleep deprivation of a long birth? The universe was kind to me, because my first birth was a text book, 12h long easy birth centre water birth, I came back elated and full of joy! And overall,…

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Valentines day is bullshit

Today is Valentines day. Up until a few years ago, I bought into the “romantic” idea of it. I don’t anymore. I guess you might have got that from the title of this post already  😉 I think it ‘s a piece of commercial bullshit, and it just makes me laugh, to be honest. The…

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Love and fear-more than ever

I am sure I am not the only one who feels this at the moment. We aren’t in a particularly happy space in the world right now. I spoke to several friends recently about the doom and gloom of my Facebook feed. Some people have chosen to give themselves a social media break as they…

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Do as you’re told, dearie, or the end of independent midwifery.

I am fuming. At the beginning of January, and with almost no warning, the NMC (Nurse and Midwifery Council) declared IMUK (Independent Midwifes UK) insurance policy not fit for purpose. And just like that, without warning, they put an end to independent midwifery practise in the UK. This has left many expectant mothers who had booked…

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Doula myth series part 2: doulas are only for homebirths

  After “I don’t need a doula because I have my partner” this is the second biggest myth about doulas I have lost count of how many times I’ve been asked “can I have a doula if I am planning to birth in the hospital”, so this myth is very real indeed. Let me set…

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