Posts By: Sophie

Doulas and caesareans – a video blog

Last year Sophie wrote an open letter to magazine editor Natasha Pearlman after she shared in the mainstream press about her traumatic first birth experience.  Now, a year later, Natasha is pregnant with her second baby and has shared her decision to have an elective caesarean birth in the Mail.  Sophie discusses how doulas support… Read more »

The power of language and basic humanity – a video blog

Sophie is in a field in Hay on Wye, camping at the Hay Literary Festival.  She’s been listening to some inspiring talks, including one by linguistics professors at the University of Birmingham who have been investigating language around death before birth i.e. miscarriage, termination and stillbirth.  She also listened to a woman who suffered from… Read more »

When the postnatal period isn’t all rosy – a video blog

Sophie talks about working with two clients who didn’t experience the birth they hoped for and had difficult early days.  What are the challenges that come up – the change in expectations, the lack of time to process their experiences, the lack of professional support to listen.  That’s where the postnatal doula comes in –… Read more »

Breastfeeding myths and the media propogation – a video blog

Sophie’s in a field – she’s fired up by a story she’s just read about a celebrity not breastfeeding and the reasons she gave.  Sophie talks about her desire to debunk some of the popular breastfeeding myths out there, but also the need for women and families to have access to evidence-based research in order… Read more »

An interview with Jo Robertson, Birth Photographer

This week we had the pleasure of interviewing Jo Robertson, a birth photographer in Wales.  In our chat I had the opportunity to ask Jo about her journey into birth photography, who uses a photographer during birth and what her ultimate ambition is.  Plus, she gives a really good top tip for parents! Click here… Read more »

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 »