Pregnancy

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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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 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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Three ways to educate yourself for birth

One of the side effects of the viral gentle caesarean video I shared last week is that I have been contacted by many women wanting to find out how to have such an caesarean, and I also received many unrelated questions from anxious pregnant women. It has been quite an eye opener for me, because…

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Head versus hands knowledge

I had a realisation a while ago that I didn’t value my “hand knowledge” enough We live in a culture which values and glorifies “head knowledge” over any of kinds of knowledge. Intellectual knowledge, academic knowledge, whatever you call it. This is the type of knowledge you get from getting a degree, from getting formal…

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