Doula, Antenatal and Postnatal Educator, Babywearing Instructor and Reiki Healer.

Workshops to help birth workers unleash their inner power through a unique blend of science and traditions.

  • Closing the Bones Postnatal Massage
  • Babywearing
  • Rebozo Use
  • Reiki Healing

Doula, Antenatal and Postnatal Educator, Babywearing Instructor and Reiki Healer.

Workshops to help birth workers unleash their inner power through a unique blend of science and traditions.

  • Closing the Bones Postnatal Massage
  • Babywearing
  • Rebozo Use
  • Reiki Healing
Sophie Messager

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Latest reads from my blog

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…

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…

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…

Why you should always have a plan C (for caesarean) in your birth preferences

When I support couples antenatally, I always encourage them to write a birth preferences document. I do not like the word “plan” because if a plan goes to pot, then you’ve left with nothing (I love this article on the topic). I liken writing your birth preferences to going out for diner in a restaurant:…

The slow disappearance of homebirth services, the erosion of women’s choices and the need for respect and kindness.

This week I received an invitation to a group called “save our homebirth team”. It broke my heart, because this a campaign against the disappearance of the dedicated homebirth team in Peterborough. Peterborough is one of the few trusts in the UK that still has a dedicated homebirth team. This means that there is a…

Advanced closing the bones with Rocio Alarcon

Rocio and Maddie at the Cae Mabon workshop Three years ago I was very fortunate to meet Ecuadorian shaman, healer and ethnobotanist Rocio Alarcon at a doula retreat in North Wales. She facilitated a workshop on the closing the bones postnatal treatment and massage This was transformative for me in many ways, not the least…

Weaving the cloth of support through a woman’s life, part 4: Closing the bones.

Rocking the hips with a rebozo Most cultures around the world have an innate understanding of the vulnerability of a new mother and the need for her to be cared for and nurtured to recover from growing and birthing her baby. Many of the postpartum traditions include nourishing foods and a period of confinement, and…

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…

Doula myths series part 1 "I don't need a doula because I have my partner"

There are several myths/misconceptions are doula support. One of them is “I don’t need a doula because I will have my partner to support me through the birth”. Sometimes, the partner themselves feels concerned that the doula is going to take their place/make them feel redundant. It couldn’t be further from the truth. So why…

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