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It’s all about connection

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I’ve been asked a few times what should you look for in a doula, what questions should you ask, what are you looking for when you hire a doula?   So here’s what you’re looking for – could you sit in a room with them and chat until 3am non-stop?  Do you trust them?  Will […]

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Doulas are…..

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Doula Edinburgh Birth Support

Thoughts on doulas? What immediately springs to mind when someone talks to you about doulas?   I did a quick search on google… doulas are…. “stupid”, “annoying”, “useless”, “dangerous”, “unnecessary”, “idiots”, “dumb”…. do it… start typing “doulas are” and see what appears on your suggested list of search terms – there is nothing positive.   […]

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Choosing a doula – where do I start?

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Doula Edinburgh

So your thinking about getting a doula? But have no idea where to start?   Read on… this post is for you….   Where to find a doula? Like all other services – here’s some ideas…. Word of mouth is a great place to start – ask your friends, ask on facebook/social media, maybe check […]

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Only women can change birth – FACT

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“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou ——–   I’ve shared this before when I was circulated last year but sharing again as I’ve seen this on a few shares recently.  Extract:  “Care provider actions […]

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Hope is not a strategy

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Well certainly not for birth – planning for birth needs preparation – mental, physical, emotional preparation as well building knowledge about the physical act of birth.   Consider a marathon runner – what would she do to prepare for her marathon? Especially if she was keen to do it in a specific time! If you’re […]

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It’s not good enough

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In a time where intervention rates are ridiculously high (63% at NHS Lothian – details from an FOI request – what percentage of births are induced/augemented/forceps/ventous/c-section – a rise in 12% in the last 5 years…. )   In a time where adverse events in maternity care are very high   In a time where […]

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Why bother with a therapist…

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EFT is such a “new” therapy although it is based on Chinese medicine and focuses on using acupressure points to release emotional charge around our fears and beliefs. I’m still relatively new to it but so passionate about it as every day I see the massive and profound effect with clients I’m working with. I […]

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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 […]