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Training for birthworkers and support for birthing families

Doula, healer and bodyworker

COVID update for Spring 2020. During the lockdown, I am aware that pregnant and new mothers are more in need of support than ever in the unexpected changes that the pandemic has brought. I am still available to support births, but also now offering all my doula antenatal and postnatal support (except the massages) remotely via zoom, skype or other video apps. Just scroll through my offerings and contact me if you have any questions. I have written a series of blogs about ways to cope during the pandemic.

I support families through pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period.

I offer a range of workshops to help birth workers develop their inner wisdom and skills through a blend of science and traditional knowledge.

  • Postnatal Massages
  • Rebozo techniques
  • Reiki for birthworkers

(photo by the talented Ali Dover http://www.alidover.com/)

Training for birthworkers and support for birthing families

Doula, healer and bodyworker

I support families through pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period.

I offer a range of workshops to help birth workers develop their inner wisdom and skills through a blend of science and traditional knowledge.

  • Postnatal Massages
  • Rebozo techniques
  • Reiki for birthworkers

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Latest reads from my blog

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A four day long HBAC

Caro and Santi (both from Argentina) had hired my co-doula Becky and myself as their doulas, they were planning a HBAC (home birth after cesarean) after having had what their considered to be an unnecessary elective caesarean with their first child. We met several times during Caro’s pregnancy, and built a lovely rapport together, getting…

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January : a time for rest and reflection

I’ve just had a lovely catchup with fellow doula Hazel Acland Tree with whom I have fortnightly accountability calls (I can’t recommend doing this enough by the way). During our call I expressed how frustrated I am with my desire to go forward and make plans now that we’re at the beginning of the year,…

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Reflections on 2018

At the end of 2017 I wrote a review of my year. I found this a very useful exercise, because as I wrote telling a story, I gained a lot more insight into what I had done during the year than when I bullet point it like I used to do. So I am doing…

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The Myth of the Ageing Placenta

  I am a doula and birth educator. I also have a PhD in physiology of reproduction, and 20 years of research experience and I have a confession to make: I get REALLY irate when women get given poor quality evidence (or no evidence at all) in support of a recommendation for inducing labour. Whether…

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The amazing effects of wild swimming

I’ve been a swimmer for most of my life. I’ve always loved water. I started regular swimming as a teen as I never really stopped except for the early years when my children were tiny (I’m an early morning person so I like my swimming first thing, something that was kind of difficult with tiny…

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The lost art of postnatal wrapping

(I have recently updated this post – November 2019) Years ago, before I started working as a doula, I taught antenatal classes. When I was asked about using a girdle after the postpartum I told women I thought this wasn’t a good idea. You see my grandmother wore a corset most of her life. Due…

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Postnatal Recovery Massage, a new kind of postnatal massage inspired by closing the bones.

I’ve been offering and teaching a postnatal massage called closing the bones since 2014 with Maddie McMahon. Maddie and I never intended to teach this technique, we just wanted to share it with our community as we had been urged to do. But then women started to ask us to show them. So we put…

Rebozos, shawls and scarves : the lost art of supporting women through the childbearing years

I was introduced to the art of using a traditional Mexican shawl called a rebozo to comfort birthing women at my doula course by Maddie McMahon in 2008. Whilst I developed my antenatal and doula career, in my usual, knowledge junkie style, whislst I learn to use the tool for myself, I decided to learn…

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rebozo master class

I did a 45 min rebozo master class on facebook yesterday and I have uploaded it so you can watch it here  

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