TENS: friend or foe

If you are worried about coping with the sensations of labour, adding electric shocks in to the mix may seem like torture rather than relief! Nevertheless many women find TENS (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) very helpful – particularly in early labour. Little pads stuck on your back deliver small electric shocks on to your skin. You can control the strength of these by twiddling a dial (or pressing a button if you’ve got a fancy one) – just... Read More

Our house is a very, very fine house (and I like to give birth in it thanks very much)

Homebirth. I’ve known people turn pale at the very thought, while others just wouldn’t consider being anywhere else for one of the most important days of their lives. While it’s not for everyone, if you do feel you might be more comfortable at home it is definitely worth finding out a bit more. I’m currently on call for a home water birth and it’s really exciting to be part of one family’s preparations for welcoming their new little person... Read More

Look in to my eyes…

I’m back at the computer after a few days showing off my nearly six month old daughter to my home town of Birmingham. As Birmingham is now suitably in awe of my small future Nobel prize winner/young musician of the year/masterchef/brain surgeon/astronaut/champion knitter etc etc, I’ve returned to London and put back on my Doula hat (albeit slightly covered in dribble and baby lotion). For me, when thinking about my impending labour, I wanted to have a toolkit... Read More

The Hackney Doula

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