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12 Steps to a Positive Birth

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Here’s some tips to help you achieve a positive birth outcome: Access the right antenatal education – NHS and NCT do have a place in terms of letting you know the mechanics and covering the basics of birth (and you might make some very nice friends there) but they don’t help you get informed to make […]

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Why should I pay for a doula when a midwife is free?

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I love working with midwives – I have so many positive relationships I’ve formed with the local midwifery community and via twitter and other social media platforms.  I love that partnership approach and working side by side. I often feel defensive for some of the midwives I work with too – workloads, challenging case-loads and being able […]

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Can childbirth ruin a woman’s mental state?

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***** TRIGGER WARNING ***** (touches on babies born sleeping, infant loss, difficult births and obstetric violence/birth trauma) . . . . Without a doubt it can.  Sadly. For the vast majority of women, around 2/3rds of women – childbirth and/or the arrival of a child will absolutely have no effect whatsoever on their mental state – […]

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Taking control of the birth environment

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Before even reading this, take a few moments to consider what kind of environment you would want to birth it – just spend some time thinking about – would it be light, dark, warm, cold, what would be in it, who would be in it? Someone once said to me, the baby should come out […]

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The ethics of birth support

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I entered the doula world over two years ago now and I would never choose to do anything else – I love being a doula, I LOVE working with women, being surrounded by lovely families and their babies, getting the opportunity to snuggle a baby or two and generally feel that when I leave a […]

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Things I wish I’d known about birth

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Since training to support births, I’ve learned so much about birth and had so much time to reflect on my own experiences and pre-doula knowledge.  I’m still learning lots and I feel I’ll always be learning – every day there’s something new I pick up.  Here’s some things I wish I had known about birth: 1. […]