Big news for me here is that after, what feels like, a very long time in the pipeline my new booklet has a publishing day! So you are cordially invited to join me in raising a glass to the divine energy of birth which has been my inspiration and my muse in the creation of: … More Booklet launch Party!
Have you ever had a feeling so deep that you felt it right down in your bones? This is how I feel about holding ceremonial women’s circles to honour the seasons. The way I see it women have been sitting together in circles for longer than living memory, but our bones remember how affirming it … More Women Who Honour the Seasons
Birth is influenced by a variety of aspects, some seen some not, some commonly known & understood, other less so. The extent of influence depends on the individual woman and baby, I believe this is why each birth is different. In this blog I’m going to look at each influence in turn. Physical The … More Exploring Birth
It always strikes me as a funny kind of question. I mean isn’t it obvious… A dad fathered the child. The doula did not. The dad is the life-partner (we hope that’s the case but understand that life is full of mysterious twists and turns). The doula is not. The dad loves the mother of … More dads & doulas: what’s the difference?
Did you know that the collective noun for a group of doulas is a cuddle? Well how about that, it is. And how wonderful to wrap up in a cuddle of love. Welcome to the doula love cuddle quilt, a virtual tapestry of doulas celebrating world doula week this month. You can see the full … More the doula cuddle quilt
This month is World Doula Week, a time for doulas around the world to celebrate their profession. In their words this is what the organisers say about it: The purpose of World Doula Week (“WDW”) is to empower doulas all over the world to improve the physiological, social, emotional, and psychological health of women, newborns and … More World Doula Week 2016
Why do we speak, I mean why say anything at all, what is the purpose of communication? These might sound like silly questions, it feels kinda funny sitting here typing them out on the screen. But with so many of the words coming out of my mouth unconscious and sometimes downright embarrassing it feels like … More Why bother listening if I already know what you’re going to say?
I want to talk about self-care on an energetical level, by this I mean ‘holding space’ for yourself. It feels like a really good time of year to write about this as many people are thinking about what they want, or don’t want, in their life and making personal commitments for the year ahead. This … More Holding space for yourself
I can’t clearly remember the first time I heard to phrase ‘holding space’ that referred to an energetical and conscious intention rather than saving a seat or some other physical waiting. But for me from the beginning it felt obvious what it meant, even if I couldn’t quite find the right words to describe what … More The Art of Holding Space
Labour is hard work there is no two ways about it. Even the name of it ‘labour’ tells us that, it is hard physical work. When the work to be done requires so much mental concentration that brainwaves slow down from active Beta to distracted Alpha to turn the focus inwards then labour has truly … More Eight ways to increase pain in labour