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Training for birthworkers and support for birthing families

Doula, healer and bodyworker

I am still available to support you in person, and I am now also offering all my support (except the massages) remotely via phone or video calls. Just scroll through my offerings and contact me if you have any questions. 

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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The impostor syndrome in the birth world

  Do you sometimes suffer from impostor syndrome? Do you worry that you do not know enough, that you haven’t got enough to offer? I’ve been reminded this week that we all have different levels of knowledge. That others know more than us and that we know more than others. This doesn’t mean that we…

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There is no "one size fits all"

This week I was asked to do a video on how the way I think about the people I work with (pregnant women, birthing and new families, and birthworkers) has changed since I started doing what I do. I was also asked why the transformation I facilitated in my clients means so much to me.…

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Why I do what I do.

The other day someone asked me why I do what I do. I think we don’t ask ourselves that question often enough. Well I delved into the answer I realised that, at the heart of what I do, is something a lot deeper than just supporting women through birth. I want to change the world…

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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…

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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…

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Three ways to educate yourself about 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…

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Why you might want to have a plan C (for caesarean) in your birth plan

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:…

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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…

Closing the Bones

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…

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