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Nurturing postpartum recipes-Chicken and red date soup

Yesterday I cooked and delivered a traditional Chinese postpartum dish called chicken and red date soup to a new mother. It is a tradition I started a few years ago when I supported my first Chinese client as a birth doula. She found me by asking if there was a Chinese doula in the local…

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Why I want to change the nature of postnatal support

Earlier this week I wrote a blog that’s been playing on my mind for many years. It’s called “why I wish I had hired a postnatal doula” In this blog I explain how challenging I found new motherhood, how lonely and upset I felt through those early weeks and how I longed for some support…

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Why I wish I had hired a postnatal doula

When I was pregnant with my son I hired a birth doula, the wonderful Maddie McMahon. This was the best thing I have ever done and it has had positive effects beyond anything I could have expected, because it didn’t just impact how positive my pregnancy and birth were, it led to a complete transformation…

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Tend to your roots

I’ve just had a lovely catchup with fellow doula Hazel Acland Tree with whom I have fortnightly accountability calls (I can’t recommend doing this enough by the way). During our call I expressed how frustrated I am with my desire to go forward and make plans now that we’re at the beginning of the year,…

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The amazing effects of wild swimming

I’ve been a swimmer for most of my life. I’ve always loved water. I started regular swimming as a teen as I never really stopped except for the early years when my children were tiny (I’m an early morning person so I like my swimming first thing, something that was kind of difficult with tiny…

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What new mothers really need

I’ve just finished looking after a new mum as a postnatal doula. As I supported the new mother, once again I was reminded of the fact that our culture’s focus, when it comes to postnatal recovery, is completely wrong. Our culture got it wrong because it focuses entirely on the new baby, when it should…

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Why postnatal recovery starts before the birth

I had a lightbulb moment this afternoon whilst chatting with my lovely yoga teacher and therapist friend Stephanie Satriawan. We were musing over the fact that we see more and more women working right up to their due date. It isn’t usual these days to hear stories of women going into labour at work, or…

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