pregnancy

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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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!

Relationships and self reflection

Relationships and self reflection

Today I met with three clients and their babies and caught up on how motherhood is treating each of them. These women and their partners each employed me as their doula, and for that I will forever be grateful. My questions in this blog are:

1 How do I choose the right client, and how do clients choose the right doula? 2 Did I know when I met these women that I was the right doula for them?       3 Is it ok that I want to continue a relationship with each of these women and their babies, or is my job done?

The Postpartum Period - the 4th Trimester

The Postpartum Period - the 4th Trimester

As a society we are very focused on pregnancy and birth - and rightly so, it’s a huge life event after all. But not much is spoken about the period that immediately follows. The more clients that I support, the more I notice that this time comes almost as an unexpected shock, mostly because of the focus placed on birth as the main event - when really, birth is just the start, the beginning of your parenting journey. I've outlined some points below to consider so that you can prepare a little before you have your beautiful baby in your arms.