The miracles that happen when you have no expectations

As I write this, I just came back from the annual doula retreat. This year was my 6th year there. I’ve written about the retreat before here. Organised by doula Selina Wallis, the retreat is a unique space for doulas and birthworkers to gather and recharge. It’s held in the most magical place. Cae Mabon…

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Sophie’s guide to choosing a rebozo

When I started using rebozos 5 years ago, I only had one, a short, open weave one. It worked well for me, and I used it to support many mums through labour. Over the last 6 years that I have worked as doula, I have developed my own knowledge of rebozo use and how varied…

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Today I give myself permission to do nothing

Today is the first day of my cycle. Since attending a menstrual cycle workshop with Alexandra Pope of Red School a couple of years ago, I have come to understand that that the first couple of days of my cycle are days when I need to retreat into myself and do very little. Last month I…

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What’s in your doula bag, and does it really matter?

When I started working as a doula nearly 6 years ago, I spent much time researching what other doulas had in their bags. I loved looking at blogs and getting ideas from other more experienced doulas. I discovered and bought much stuff, from honey straws to massage tools. Interestingly, many more experienced doulas told me…

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The value of a doula

3 years ago I wrote my first blog post, in response to an article in the independent, accusing doulas of being money grabbing opportunists. Today I feel compelled to write another blog post, as this time a medical professional is saying that we charge “extortionate prices”. Dr Ahmed Rashid, an NHS doctor, wrote this piece…

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