Connecting * Supporting * Informing Autumn rolls around again, with its vibrant hues, misty mornings with that certain special smell in the English air and then it’s certainly time to set off for the annual European Doula Network conference! This year was hosted by the Polish doula association ‘Doula w Polsce,‘ in Warsaw. The quote … More The European Doula Network
If I was to ask you right now on a scale of 1-to-10 (with 1 being wide awake and alert and 10 being fast asleep) what number would you choose? Consciousness is generally meant to mean how aware one is of one’s own existence, sensations, thoughts and what’s going on around you. But what if … More Brain waves & birth stages
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
It always strikes me as a funny kind of question. I mean isn’t it obvious… A dad fathered the child. The doula did not. The dad is the life-partner (we hope that’s the case but understand that life is full of mysterious twists and turns). The doula is not. The dad loves the mother of … More dads & doulas: what’s the difference?
Did you know that the collective noun for a group of doulas is a cuddle? Well how about that, it is. And how wonderful to wrap up in a cuddle of love. Welcome to the doula love cuddle quilt, a virtual tapestry of doulas celebrating world doula week this month. You can see the full … More the doula cuddle quilt
This month is World Doula Week, a time for doulas around the world to celebrate their profession. In their words this is what the organisers say about it: The purpose of World Doula Week (“WDW”) is to empower doulas all over the world to improve the physiological, social, emotional, and psychological health of women, newborns and … More World Doula Week 2016
Labour is hard work there is no two ways about it. Even the name of it ‘labour’ tells us that, it is hard physical work. When the work to be done requires so much mental concentration that brainwaves slow down from active Beta to distracted Alpha to turn the focus inwards then labour has truly … More Eight ways to increase pain in labour
Taking time out during pregnancy can help you to relax and connect with your baby. But in a busy life sometimes it’s hard to find the time to slow down, to nourish yourself and feel connected to the growing life within you. A one day retreat is the answer to slip out of busy doing … More Pregnancy retreats for women
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
In 2012, Hodnett et al. published an updated Cochrane review on the use of continuous support for women during childbirth. They pooled the results of 22 trials that included more than 15,000 women. These women were randomized to either receive continuous, one-on-one support during labour or “usual care.” The quality of the studies was good. … More So what is the evidence for doulas?
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
One of the things I love most about being a doula is being the bridge between worlds, the bridger. Standing on the cusp of that place between spirit and form, between potential and realisation, the place of pause and action, between water and air, that place where babies float upside down and time is marked … More Changing the world, one birth at a time
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