Doula, Healer, Antenatal Educator, and Babywearing Instructor.

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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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…

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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…


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…

Why I stopped wearing a bra

This morning I started writing a blog post on the use of hips, bump and belly binding during pregnancy and after birth (read that here)- then I realised I had to write about this first-because I refer to it in the wrapping post, which will be next. In January this year I stopped wearing a…

Feeling raw after a long birth

I’m just back from a long birth with little sleep. One that didn’t end the way that the parents had hoped for. They seem OK and are very grateful for the support. But I feel very raw and open, and for some reason I also feel the need to “stay” with that feeling for now-I…

Career changes, giving stuff up and doing what makes your heart sing

I am accustomed to making drastic career changes. As you may already know, 3.5 years ago I left a 20 year career in biology research to follow my heart’s calling by becoming a doula, antenatal educator and babywearing instructor (read why I did that here). By becoming a doula, being at births and hanging out…

Refilling my fuel pump-reflection on the doula retreat

I’m just back from the annual doula retreat in North Wales. Every year for the last 4 years I have joined a group of like minded doulas and birthworkers at the magical place that is Cae Mabon. I am ever so grateful to doula Selina Wallis for organising it 🙂 Cae Mabon is an eco…

The refuelling station, or the importance of self care for doulas and birthworkers

A couple of days ago I was given a beautiful self care analogy. I was treating my friend Teddy with Reiki. He is an osteopath. For some reason, that day, I was drawn to treat his hands, something I haven’t been trained to do. But when I was treating a new mother recently, she mentioned…

Why attending antenatal classes in your third trimester might be leaving it too late

I have just had a realisation that attending antenatal classes in the third trimester of your pregnancy might be leaving it too late. Part of it is based on my own experience during my first pregnancy, part is based on my experience supporting women as a doula and antenatal teacher. When I was pregnant with…

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