Let’s start with what a Mother Blessing Ceremony (hereon refereed to as *MBC*) is NOT. Ok, so *MBC* is not a baby shower (gifts for baby and party games), it’s not a religious ceremony, it doesn’t need a celebrant (but you might like to have one anyway), it is not an opportunity for people to … More What is a Mother Blessing Ceremony?
To celebrate World Doula Week this year my booklet ‘A Birth Path’ has been reduced to the lowest price the publisher will allow. I hope this wholesale price will be useful for the wonderful doulas & childbirth educators out there, who have told me how they like to gift their clients a copy. What’s it … More Celebrating World Doula Week
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 How to increase pain in childbirth
Imagine if we approached all major milestones in our life in a way that honoured us, not only physically but mentally, emotionally & spiritually – in ways meaningful to us and our individual circumstances. How might our lives be different? I like to think we would feel stronger, with a tribe at our back as … More Celebrating birth as a rite of passage
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
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
In the third trimester the end of your pregnancy comes into focus. You will not be pregnant forever! Preparations for birth take on a different meaning as the day comes closer when you will finally get to meet the small person who has been growing inside you all these months. The natural bond between mother … More Preparing your baby for their 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
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
‘Pink or Blue, We Have No Clue . . . ‘ Recently I’ve been curious why baby boys get dressed in blue and girls in pink. There seems to be such an abundance of new baby clothes and tiny outfits that define gender, well not only clothes. So I’ve done a little research and come … More How did pink get ghettoized as a girls’ color?
We hear this a lot in some natural birthing circles; that our pregnant bodies know how to birth just as they knew how to conceive and grow the child during gestation. I’ve heard the lecture that says the only thing standing between us and our perfect natural birth is the neo-cortex (thinking) brain, whose activation … More If our bodies know how to give birth why go to prenatal sessions?