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Why I wrote my book, Why Postnatal Recovery Matters

  A tale of two births A baby is born. Whilst the new mother was pregnant, she was the centre of attention. Now she is elbowed out of the way by visitors who just want to hold her baby. Visitors means she misses out on naps, and they expect her to entertain them, leaving her…

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Rebozo techniques for relaxation during uncertain times

I’m seeing a lot of understandably anxious pregnant women since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis. What will happen to my appointments and when I go into labour? Will I have to give birth alone? What will happen after the birth? I’ve tried to address as many of these questions in this blog about pregnancy…

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A guide to postpartum recovery during the pandemic

I am writing a book on postnatal recovery. The pandemic lockdown inspired me to write a mini emergency postnatal recovery plan, as for the foreseeing future, most women in the UK (and in many other places in the world) are likely to be at home alone with their babies, with support from only a very…

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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 first child, I hired a birth doula. 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 of who I…

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January : a time for rest and reflection

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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