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
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
Following on from my origin story blog post where I discussed my need to read anything and everything during my second pregnancy, I thought it would be useful to share some of my most recommended reads. This is my list with my thoughts, but I'd love to hear what you would recommend, or whether you absolutely … Continue reading A Pregnant Library
We've all got those body hang ups, whether you're a mum/mum to be in Nottingham, or a mum/mum to be in Florida, there's something you don't like about yourself and maybe your boobs are a part of that. Too big, too small, stuck under your chin, stuck under your stomach, pointing forwards, or pointing out … Continue reading Your Breasts – The Perfect Design