Birth

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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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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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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12 Self Care Strategies

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I’m not sure about you but I find December really challenging – not because I don’t like Christmas – in fact, I think it’s because I LOVE it so much that I am so determined to make it so special for everyone – often at a detriment to me. Before I had kids and before […]

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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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Project Fear

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I’m not going to sit on the fence about this issue – I’m getting more and more cross with Project Fear in our maternity services and specifically related to birth choices. The last few weeks I’ve been supporting a few mums planning to make choices against what their Health Care Professionals are supporting.  These mums are traumatised […]

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Perinatal Mental Health Debate at the House of Lords

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I was so pleased to be invited to the House of Lords on the 7th June 2016 with over 70 campaigners including those with lived experience, health care professionals, academics, voluntary organisations, artists were invited to a debate on Perinatal Mental Health.  This was chaired by Baroness Kennedy (QC) and organised by Sanchita Islam at […]