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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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What’s in your doula bag, and does it really matter?

When I started working as a doula nearly 6 years ago, I spent much time researching what other doulas had in their bags. I loved looking at blogs and getting ideas from other more experienced doulas. I discovered and bought much stuff, from honey straws to massage tools. Interestingly, many more experienced doulas told me…

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The value of a doula

3 years ago I wrote my first blog post, in response to an article in the independent, accusing doulas of being money grabbing opportunists. Today I feel compelled to write another blog post, as this time a medical professional is saying that we charge “extortionate prices”. Dr Ahmed Rashid, an NHS doctor, wrote this piece…

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The mother blessing -a mother centered alternative to the baby shower

  Recently I had the privilege to organise a mother blessings for one of our local doulas who was pregnant. A mother blessing is an alternative to the “baby shower” were friends of the pregnant mother gather to give her presents. The big difference is that in the baby shower, all the presents are for…

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Reflections on what I did in 2017

In my last blog, I suggested you spent some time reflecting on what you achieved in 2017. Inspired by my favourite doula, Maddie Mc Mahon, review of the year (you can read hers here), I decided to blog about reviewing my year too. As you will see, one should really do what they preach because…

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Are you focusing too much on what you’re not doing?

I’m writing this as a reflection on myself, but really hope it helps others too. I have noticed this dichotomy between how I perceive myself professionally and how others perceive me. I tend to focus more on what I’m not yet doing, rather than what I’m doing. This means I beat myself up very often…

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Closing bones, the completion of one cycle and growth of a new cycle

Sophie Fletcher attended the closing the bones training in 2017. This is her account what the ritual did for her. Closing bones, the completion of one cycle and growth of a new cycle

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Motherhood is f**king hard and you’re not meant to be doing this on your own

Those of you who follow my blog know by now that most of my posts are inspired by something that happens to me in my work as a doula. Today is one of those days. I’ve just had a conversation with a new mother of two, who has a baby and a preschooler, and who…

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A tale of two VBACS

I wrote this blog with Sarala’s permission, and it is now featured on the Cambridge vbac friends blog   Sarala’s two VBACs in the Rosie Delivery Unit and the Rosie Birth Centre as told by her doula

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How closing the bones can help after baby loss

This week is baby loss awareness week.  I started writing this post thinking I was going to write a post specifically about miscarriage. But when I started writing it, I felt that it needed to be about baby loss in general. Because you cannot measure grief by what it looks on paper. Your grief can…

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