Exploring Birth

Birth is influenced by a variety of aspects, some seen some not, some commonly known & understood, other less so. The extent of influence depends on the individual woman and baby, I believe this is why each birth is different. In this blog I’m going to look at each influence in turn.   Physical The … More Exploring Birth

Lego Education

On my kitchen wall there was a big clock. I used it daily when getting ready to do the school run, or timing cooking, or getting ready for an appointment. It had been there for such a long time that nobody remembers where it came from. Then one day it stopped. I was surprised, not … More Lego Education

An introduction to the archetypal journey of Labour & Birth

The process of labour and birth is an archetypal journey in the sense that it is an original pattern that every natural birth follows (Natural here meaning a labour that is uninterrupted and without interventions).  Those natural labours follow a pattern of labour that is recognized the world over by midwives, doulas and women who … More An introduction to the archetypal journey of Labour & Birth

Doula support more effective in improving obstetric outcomes

The Cochrane Review of Continuous support for women during childbirth included 21 randomized controlled trials with 15,060 women with doulas and hospital staff (including 4 newly added trials that compared trained support people from the woman’s own social network (partner, family friends)). This review confirms previous findings that improved obstetric outcomes are associated with continuous … More Doula support more effective in improving obstetric outcomes

It’s OK (in case you were wondering) home is a safe place to give birth

phew…busy times. Yesterday I began a daily newspaper for childbirth professional called: The Doula Daily and then today, on our second day of running in comes the huge news as NICE announces new guidelines that recommend 45% of women are going to be advised to give birth outside of hospital (no, sigh, not in the … More It’s OK (in case you were wondering) home is a safe place to give birth