Birth pool to hire

If you are thinking about a homebirth in East Kent, it’s worth knowing that I have two professional-grade Birth Pool in a Box to hire out. You’ll get a brand-new, sterile liner delivered along with my pool, the thing to blow it up and the thing to take the water out afterwards. You will need to get your own hose and tap connector, but I’ll nag you about that often so you won’t forget. If you’d like to buy your own I... 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

One saucepan at a time

One of my favourite DVDs to show to homebirthing couples (indeed to anyone). Best bit has to be dad filling the birthpool with saucepans. I used to think this was ridiculous but now that I’ve filled four birth pools using only buckets I realise the extenuating circumstances that can lead to this.* * Don’t try this at home kids – it’s a hell of a lot of buckets and flaming millions of saucepans. Tweet Read More

Birth in water: the hows and the whys

As I type this I’m looking wistfully at my rather lovely La Bassine birth pool, bought in anticipation of my own home water birth. Due to a labour that progressed rather faster than we realised (and an incident that will go unreported involving someone never to be named filling the pool with cold water) I never actually got in my pool and delivered my daughter on dry land. But, if I am ever lucky enough to have another go, I will be blowing... 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... Read More

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