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Why did I leave science to become a doula?

I often get told that leaving my career in science to become self employed to support parents in their journey to parenthood was “brave”. In a culture which values intellectual knowledge and status so much, I can understand why it would seem odd that I chose to leave a 20 year long successful scientific career,…

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Nurturing postpartum recipes : groaning cake

I love expressing my nurturing nature to new mamas by giving them something delicious and nourishing to eat, and what is more nourishing than a home baked cake?   After reading Ami McKay “The birth house” a few years ago,  I started baking this traditional cake called a groaning cake for my doula clients. The…

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Nurturing postpartum recipes : perineal herbal bags

This is the first of a series of posts on postnatal healing rituals for new mothers. I think that our culture sorely lacks rituals when it comes to nurturing new mothers, and I love reclaiming and sharing ideas around making new mamas feel special and cared for. A couple of weeks ago I bumped into…

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When did we become so blooming unkind?

A couple of days ago, a doula friend published a blog post entitled “When did we become so blooming close minded“. It prompted me to finally write the “twin” post on kindness that I’ve been meaning to write for the last year or so. I have noticed rather a lot of unkind comments, directed towards…

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

  I love this article by Jana Studelska, ” The Last Days of Pregnancy: A Place of In-Between”. 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 waiting time between the end…

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My response to the Independent article on doulas 20/4/15

Yesterday Hannah Fearn wrote an article in the Independent on Doulas. I am usually a calm person but this article made my blood boil because it depicts doulas as money grabbing opportunists. I have been working as a birth and postnatal doula for a couple of years. To follow this vocation, I left a scientific…

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