Could birthing alone be a good thing?

The recent Coronavirus outbreak has had a huge impact on maternity services and expectant parents around the world. Routine pregnancy appointment and scans have been cancelled or limited to the mother attending alone meaning she is having to leave her birth partner at...

Best Clary Sage Oil brands for labour

Clary sage oil (or to use its Latin name Salvea Sclarea) is a popular choice for people hoping to kick-start labour, or enhance it once it has begun. I have written previously about how you can use clary sage oil safely in labour. Using this sweet-smelling essential...

What Does a Doula Do?

Guest Post by Lisa Ramsey, Doula.  So, my name is Lisa Ramsey and I have been a doula for 8 years now and I love it! Most of my working hours are spent either with couples preparing for birth, with couples during birth or supporting new parents in those first weeks...

Allowing the Impossible

[toc] Allowing The Impossible in Birth You often hear the question “am I allowed” asked in the context of birth, particularly in the hospital setting. Am I allowed to get off the bed? Am I allowed to have something to eat? Am I allowed to change position?...

What is Active Birth?

Birth is everywhere! Everyone is born, after all, and 4 in 5 women will go through the experience (1). For some, giving birth is a wonderful life-affirming event – even describing it as orgasmic! – but for many women, labour and birth is painful, difficult...

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