Many companies and websites will give you a long list of pregnancy and baby 'essentials', but most of these are a way of getting you to spend money. We all have personal preferences but the actual essentials are few and far between, and are usually cheaper than you'd expect. As a midwife turned doula, and … Continue reading Your Budget Friendly Bump and Baby Essentials – Part One
The science of music and the debate around its influence in childbearing has been ongoing for years. I certainly remember in 2009 when I was pregnant with my oldest daughter the onslaught of products from Disney Einstein that played classical music. It was thought that playing Beethoven to your bump would increase your child's intelligence. … Continue reading Music To Your (And Baby’s) Ears
Birth is an incredibly special time in your life. It may be something you only do once and those well laid out birth plans can mean so much. It's your absolute right to give birth in the way that you wish. But what happens when the hospital disagrees with your wishes? Your meticulous planning can … Continue reading Going Against The Grain…
Today marks the beginning of National Breastfeeding Week! The aim is to raise awareness and education of this natural form of feeding your baby. As a mother of two breastfed children and qualified midwife I can talk for hours about the benefits of breastfeeding, for both mum and baby. However to ignore the huge challenges … Continue reading Breastfeeding – Overcoming the Challenges
If you've been looking at taking on a doula you may also be confused about when is the best time to actually contact them. If you predominantly want labour support then does it matter if you contact them closer you your due date? Yes and no. If you stumble across doulas when you are 37 … Continue reading When Should I Book My Doula?
Call it a journey. Call it a process. Call it becoming a bad ass Goddess. Whatever you call it, birth is an incredible event. It's a phenomena that we will experience only a few times in our life, some of us will experience it only once. It is a priceless, irreplaceable moment that often can't … Continue reading Birth Photographers – My Thoughts
Moving into cloth nappies can be a daunting experience. The forums are full of abbreviations and there is such a large market choice now it is difficult to know where to begin. Hopefully this quick go to guide will act as a starter point for you. Why Cloth? Cloth nappies are cheaper than disposables. Disposable … Continue reading A Beginners Guide to Cloth Nappies
Health care providers walk a tightrope between policies, guidelines and maternal request. A policy MUST be adhered to and usually covers things like infection control, uniforms, sickness and absence rates, and professional behaviour. A guideline provides a frame of reference for professionals to work within. They are rooted in evidence, although not always recent, relevant … Continue reading VBAC: Women vs Guidelines
Having recently completed an aromatherapy in childbearing course, accredited by the Royal College of Midwives, I am now able to offer aromatherapy and massage services during pregnancy, birth, and post dates. This blog will give a brief intro into aromatherapy and what you can expect from it! What is Aromatherapy?Aromatherapy is the science and art … Continue reading Aromatherapy in Pregnancy
What's in a word? I had this blog post planned out for a week or two, mainly so I could use this much loved quote from Practical Magic, then I saw the ever insightful Sara Wickham's post about the same topic and I just knew I needed to add my two cents to the cause.The definition … Continue reading Am I Normal?