pregnancy support

I have an obstetrician, why would I want a doula?

I have an obstetrician, why would I want a doula?

“I have an obstetrician, why would I want a doula?”

This is a question I get asked very regularly. It’s almost as if having an OB or going through the private hospital system means that having a doula is not a relevant choice for you.

Breastfeeding and lactogenic foods

Breastfeeding and lactogenic foods

This is written by Rochelle Hammond a colleague of mine. She is an educator, acupuncturist, and scientist based in Sydney, Australia. She practices out of a clinic in Cammeray, Sydney.

To find out more about their services see their website here

For the second part of this blog and to learn more about managing mastitis at home check out Samantha Gunn’s website here

Choose your own adventure!

Choose your own adventure!

Falling pregnant didn’t come easily for my husband and I. One of the most natural things in the world, for seemingly “everyone” else had its challenges for us, so the minute I saw the two blue lines on that stick, I was consumed by this instant need to make the “best” decisions possible for my growing family.

Bringing Home Baby

Bringing Home Baby

Bringing Home Baby

There is always so much attention placed on pregnancy and labour that often the postpartum period is one that is forgotten about and neglected. Mums are often so overwhelmed by well meaning visitors and “advice” in the first weeks after baby is born, that once they are able to settle down and try and parent their new baby, confusion, worry and self-doubt immediately becomes all consuming. Before baby is born, try and think of strategies to get through the first few weeks and months. These are few things I try and encourage my clients to think about…

You are what? A doula?

You are what? A doula?

Many people have no idea what I do. These are some of the most common questions I get asked…

”Doula…what is that? What do you do?”

The word doula is actually a Greek word meaning “women’s servant”. Historically women have been supporting other women during pregnancy and labour for centuries and being a doula means I continue to do this.

Parenting more than one

Parenting more than one

I can vividly remember sitting in my car, 40 weeks pregnant with my second child, looking at my first child and crying my eyes out. What had I done? I loved my first born so much, how could I possibly love another child even half as much? Did I have enough to give to another child?

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It's ok....to put yourself first

It's ok....to put yourself first

True self-reflection is rare…but when you have the time and space to look at your life and relationships, it can be an absolute gift. It wasn’t until I was about 8 years into my parenthood journey that I realised that self-care, both emotionally and physically, had been put on hold for such a long time, that I had lost a real sense of who I was. At the time, I can not deny that I was in a very lucky position…from the outside I had it all...3 happy and healthy children, a stable and loving marriage and financial security. Why then did I feel so lost? The answer was actually very simple…. I had forgotten about me. I didn’t know who I was apart from being a mother and wife.

Why wouldn't you hire a doula? Popular reasons examined.....

Why wouldn't you hire a doula? Popular reasons examined.....

You've Never Heard of a Doula

You don't know what you don't know - something I tell my kids all the time! And if you've never heard of a doula, the role they play in pregnancy and birth or the benefits of their support then you can't really benefit from it. Fortunately doula support is becoming more mainstream and widely known - antenatal classes are recommending us, as are some midwives and obstetricians, and of course past clients recommend their care to friends too!