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The vision board, an alternative way to plan what you want

Today I’ve spent the whole morning making a vision board for this year. It feels ┬áthat I’ve been procrastinating doing this for over 2 weeks now, and suddenly felt the urge this morning, which is the first full moon of the year, and a powerful one at that, a good time to set intentions. I’ve…

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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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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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Choosing love over fear as a birthworker

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As a doula the biggest lesson since I started supporting women has been to choose love over fear. I remember very early on in my doula life I witnessed a very traumatic birth -it was traumatic for the parents, and it was extremely traumatic for me. I cried for days afterwards. The mother had an…

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The impostor syndrome in the birth world

  Do you sometimes suffer from impostor syndrome? Do you worry that you do not know enough, that you haven’t got enough to offer? I’ve been reminded this week that we all have different levels of knowledge. That others know more than us and that we know more than others. This doesn’t mean that we…

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There is no "one size fits all"

This week I was asked to do a video on how the way I think about the people I work with (pregnant women, birthing and new families, and birthworkers) has changed since I started doing what I do. I was also asked why the transformation I facilitated in my clients means so much to me.…

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The importance of switching off when you work for yourself

I’m about to go on holidays. The first year I went away as a self employed birth worker, 4 years ago, I noticed for the first time that during my holiday I was still responding to work emails, something I didn’t use to do when I was an employee. I didn’t resent it but I…

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The con of being "overdue"

Everywhere in the West, when women reach their “due date” (I hate that term), everybody around them starts to behave like something is terribly wrong with them. And I mean EVERYONE: their medical caregivers, their family and friends, even random strangers in the street. “Your baby is late” “Have you had the baby yet?” “Are…

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