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Inducing labour with Castor oil : is it safe?

Castor oil induction has bad press in the UK. Negative stories abound, claiming severe negative effects on mother and baby. For years, I too believed this to be true. I took it for granted that it was dangerous. A couple of years ago a doula told me that several of her clients had successfully induced…

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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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Online services-why should you pay for them?

It’s a very strange and stressful time we are living right now, especially if you are pregnant. There is, understandably, a lot of anxiety about the unpredictable and fast changing nature of maternity services. I am seeing a lot of comments on social media about people wanting free antenatal classes (because their hospital ones got…

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How to have a positive birth in unpredictable times

I am writing this because I know that if you are pregnant right now, the lack of information combined with the unpredictability what maternity care might look like when you give birth might be making you anxious. I am seeing a lot of worried pregnant women and new mothers asking worried questions on social media…

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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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The incredible things doulas do to support their clients

A criticism that is commonly heard in the doula world is that doulas are expensive. In the UK, healthcare is free at the point of contact. This can lead some people to believe that they shouldn’t pay for services when it comes to supporting people around anything linked to health and well-being. Last week, I…

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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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