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The background of the rebozo

Rebozos

  The Background of the Rebozo Rebozos, shawls and scarves-the lost art of supporting women through the childbearing years. I was introduced to the art of using the traditional Mexican shawl called the rebozo back in 2013 when I attended a workshop by doula Stacia Smales Hill on rebozo use for labour and birth. During…

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Sophie’s guide to choosing a rebozo

I often get asked what is the best rebozo to use, so here is a little guide based on my experience of using a wide range of rebozos styles. When I started using rebozos 5 years ago, I only had one, a short, open weave one. It worked well for me, and I used it…

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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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Energy hygiene for birth and perinatal professionals

What is energy hygiene and why do you need it as a birthworker? Please don’t let the “woo” undertone of this title put you off and read on because I am going to try and explain it in a way that is hopefully both meaningful and helpful for those of you who aren’t used to…

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Why being a doula is a zen-like practice

As I have moved from learning to teaching, I have always been blown away by how much deeper one’s knowledge becomes when you start to teach something to others, rather than just using it for yourself. I recently became a doula mentor. As I support new doulas through their journeys, of course this too is…

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Why it’s important to sit with the pain

I have just supported another long birth, one that didn’t end up the way the parents were hoping for. I always find myself raw and open after supporting such a birth. As a doula I become so emotionally invested in supporting the parents, when thing don’t go the way they had hoped for, I feel…

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How to survive a long birth as a doula

When I started working as a doula, one of my biggest fears was: how will I survive the sleep deprivation of a long birth? The universe was kind to me, because my first birth was a text book, 12h long easy birth centre water birth, I came back elated and full of joy! And overall,…

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