Posts By: Sophie

An interview with Laura Tilson, Osteopath

This week we had the pleasure of interviewing Laura Tilson, an Osteopath who runs a clinic for women and children in SW London.  In our chat I had the opportunity to ask Laura what osteopathy is, how it benefits women in pregnancy and what kind of treatments an osteopath can offer a newborn.  Plus, she… Read more »

Optimal cord clamping and the third stage of labour – video blog

Sophie discusses the third stage of birth and the choices that parents have around cord clamping, highlighting the all-important NICE guidelines to have optimal cord clamping, enabling placental transfusion to take place – the blood that is required by the baby to be passed from placenta to baby before the cord is cut. Click here… Read more »

Well-meaning advice – how helpful is it? A video blog

Sophie’s sharing a story she’s read on a public forum from a Mum whose family are telling her to stop breastfeeding.  How can doulas help when friends and family members are wading in, often given unsolicited and non evidence-based advice? Do come back to us with your thoughts and questions – info@nurturingbirth.co.uk Click here to… Read more »

Unrealistic expectations – instant bonding and size 6 jeans – a video blog

Sophie talks about how we can set ourselves, with the media’s help, unrealistic expectations when we become parents, which can in turn promote anxiety, feelings of dissatisfaction or self doubt. Click here to watch Sophie’s video on preparing for having a baby in your life To find a doula to support you fill in the… Read more »

The value of doulas – a video blog

Sophie challenges a GP’s recent assertions that doulas charge “extortionate prices”.  She considers the value of doula support, how it breaks down and how doulas can actually end up saving you money! Click here to read Nurturing Birth doula Paula Cleary’s response to the same article in the BJGP. Click here to read Father and… Read more »

Positive Birth recommendations from the World Health Organisation – a video blog

Sophie talks about how exciting it is that the World Health Organisation has recognised the over-medicalisation of birth and how detrimental that can be to mother and baby in terms of birth experience.  She explores how over-medicalisation began and how important it is to move back to a more instinctive practice around birth. If you… Read more »

Desperate sleep-deprived parents – a video blog

What would you do if your baby didn’t sleep?  Is that a situation you find yourself in now?  Is the sleep bank empty and you are looking to everyone and anyone for advice? In this video blog Sophie shares a recent situation she read about on social media and how emotive it was.  Being in… Read more »

Comedian James Mullinger talks about the birth of his children with doula support – a guest blog

As doulas it is incredibly special when a client chooses to write a testimonial talking about their positive experience. In this testimonial comedian James Mullinger talks about the difference doula support made to him and his wife. My wife and I decided to work with a doula because we wanted the birth of our first… Read more »

The challenges of being a doula – a video blog

A rather tired Sophie talks about some of the challenges of being a doula, being on call and having to drop everything at a moment’s notice to attend a birth. For Sophie’s thoughts on why doulas are like Wonder Woman click here! To find a doula to support your birth visit the Nurturing Birth Directory

Preparing for having a baby in your life and relationship – a video blog

This week Sophie talks about preparing for a baby, not just the birth.  What will it be like having a baby at home 24/7, how might it affect your relationship, what are your expectations around a baby’s needs for sleep/food/comfort? Did you know that many doulas will offer sessions antenatally to help you prepare for… Read more »