Birthrights launching today

As you’ll know if you’ve followed this blog for a while, I’m really interested in women’s human rights during childbirth. Last year I met an inspirational human rights barrister, Elizabeth Prochaska, who helped make this woman’s right to give birth at home a reality. In May I went to the Hague with Elizabeth and realised that my work as a doula is just a continuation of all I cared about and believed in while studying... Read More

NCT Pregnancy and Birth evening in Whitstable

This Sunday (the 24th June 2012) while I’m frantically bubblewrapping my birth pools and gently stuffing Ina May, Michel Odent and Janet Balaskas in packing cases, the Canterbury and District branch of the NCT are hosting a free and fab-sounding preganncy and birth evening. From 7-9pm All Saints Church Hall in Whitstable (over in my new East Kent neck of the woods don’t you know) will play host to midwives, doulas, antenatal teachers,... Read More

Dark side of The Baby Show: The Hackney Doula in The Huffington Post

I’ve  come over all foot-stampy in today’s piece for The Huffington Post. You can read more about The Baby Show’s links to the arms trade and the concerns over their chosen speakers here.   Tweet Read More

Help I’m trapped! (Well, actually you aren’t)

If you’re anything like me it’s not uncommon to be dead set on one course of action and then have a complete about face and decide to move off in the opposite way. One minute I’m out for brunch and all set to order fruit salad and green tea but somehow out of my mouth comes a demand for a double chocolate muffin and large latte. When it comes to maternity services though there seems to be a myth that once you’ve ticked the... Read More

Private antenatal sessions in Kent and London

If you are looking for some one-on-one antenatal sessions in East Kent (from Thanet to Canterbury and further afield), Hackney or other parts of London, are a bit too shy or busy to commit to a longer, group course, find they are all booked up or have already had a baby, I’m happy to offer some private birth preparation sessions in your own home at a time to suit you. My antenatal sessions You can direct the content, length and number of sessions... Read More

Confessions of a doula: I am a TV addict

Ok, I’ll confess, I do love a good birth video. I store them up like a little treat and never fail to be moved by the fantabulousness of womens’ bodies. So I am very excited to have discovered ‘My birth TV’ and its YouTubechannel. It has loads of birth videos, tips and information and is an all-round brilliant pregnancy resource. I really liked this waterbirth video in which a third time mother overcomes her fears to have... Read More

Second time around

Of late I’ve been contacted by quite a few women planning their second birth after a traumatic first birth. After a difficult first labour many women are keen to ensure that the second time round things are different. Hiring a doula is a great first step towards this. She will be able to talk through your birth plan with you in detail, help you debrief from your first birth and understand the things that made your previous experience... Read More

Jump around! Just what is active birth?

Giving birth is a bit like dieting. Everyone knows the basic theory (eat less, exercise more – have contractions, do some pushing) but there’s a huge industry, shrouded in mystique and an often devout following who will swear there’s only one way to do it (drink only kumquat juice – give birth standing on your head). Don’t listen to the gurus – you’re the expert in your body. Some people want to be in... Read More

Reading between the lines: baby books

Baby books…there’s nothing so guaranteed to cause an argument at baby group. Some are devote follows of one particular school of thought, others think another ‘method’ set out in a weighty tome is the ONLY way to raise a happy, healthy baby who sleeps through the night, never cries, feeds well and can complete a rubik’s cube aged two. There are of course many mothers who think baby books are the work of the devil... Read More

It ain’t over ’till it’s over

Hands up if, before you were pregnant/had a baby, you didn’t even realise there was a third stage of labour… You have some contractions, do a bit of pushing, you have a baby, you’re all finished, right? Well not quite. There is of course the matter of the placenta – that amazing organ that connects the umbilical cord to the wall of the uterus and sustains your baby until he’s ready to make a grand entrance. As... Read More

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