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 2: Why every parent supporter should know about slings

As a parent supporter, why should YOU know about slings? I feel that this is an essential part of reclaiming ancient wisdom about gentle parenting-for both parents and baby. That wearing a baby in a sling not only allows the parent to meet the needs of their baby effortlessly whilst getting their hands back, but…

Weaving the cloth of support through a woman's life, part 1: an overview of using fabric to support women throughout their lives.

This morning I was writing the teaching plan for my new rebozo workshop when I had an epiphany: all the work I do, whether it being rebozo, closing the bones or baby wearing (read about that in the next parts of this blog), involves using a piece of cloth to support women. Then it hit…

Evidenced based woo, or the confessions of a hippy scientist, part 2

As a scientist, one of the things that irritate the hell out of me is when people dismiss complimentary therapies by saying that they aren’t evidence based. We live in a narrow minded, sceptic’s culture, whereby anything that hasn’t been proven to be true in a double blind randomised controlled trial is dismissed as quackery.…

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Being not doing as a postnatal doula

    It’s a well known fact in the doula community that the essence of a doula is about being not doing.   Recently I reflected upon how important this is as a postnatal doula too. The interesting thing is, doulaing for postnatal families, is like all doula work : a mix of informational, emotional and…

Ten things I wish I had known before I became a doula.

I wish I had known how much awe I would feel watching a woman birth her baby. I wish I had known how much sacredness there is in birth-when the baby has just been born there is this incredible energy in the room-it is so palpable you can almost touch it. I wish I had…

Ten things a doula does to prepare you for the birth of your baby, or why antenatal preparation is so important

Most people do not realise that the most important part of a doula’s work is done BEFORE she comes to support you during the birth of your baby. So, here are ten things a doula may do for you:   1) We get to meet at least twice (this doesn’t include the interview), so we…


Confessions of a hippy scientist, part one

I have a confession to make: I’m a scientist by background, but (shhh), I’m also quite into a lot of woo stuff. Yes you read that right. On paper, when reading my bio, you might have picked me because of my PhD in biology. You find that reassuring, I get that. I would too. You…

Why did I leave science to become a doula?

I often get told that leaving my career in science to become self employed to support parents in their journey to parenthood was “brave”. In a culture which values intellectual knowledge and status so much, I can understand why it would seem odd that I chose to leave a 20 year long successful scientific career,…

Nurturing postpartum recipes, part2, groaning cake

I love expressing my nurturing nature to new mamas by giving them something delicious and nourishing to eat, and what is more nourishing than a home baked cake? After reading Ami McKay “The birth house” a few years ago, a local doula friend, Maddie Mc Mahon, and I started baking this traditional cake called a…

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