Yet another celebrity pregnancy …

Not a week goes by without speculation as to whether a particular woman in the public eye is pregnant.  The current focus is Cheryl (no surname necessary!)  I don’t blame her for not confirming whether she is or isn’t pregnant as the media circus is just that … a circus.  Who wants to be pregnant and… Read more »

Sleep training on You and Yours, BBC Radio 4

          Sleep deprivation is known as a form of torture so it is not surprising to hear parents talking on the You and Yours programme about how lack of sleep has such an impact on mental wellbeing and relationships.  From the doula perspective we want to see families given much more… Read more »

Sharing beds and sharing information with parents – Guest post by Emma Pickett, IBCLC

Emma is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and is listed on our Nurturing Birth directory – she has been working in breastfeeding support since 2005 Why is it that a double bed (preferably king-size) is the norm for married couples when it comes to sleeping? Certainly some co-habiting couples choose other arrangements but generally we accept… Read more »

Sleeping Through the Night?

I was just scrolling through my junk emails this evening and came across one from the retailer Next – “Baby milestones – Celebrate their memorable moments and more”.  The main image is of the most adorable baby wearing a long sleeved vest emblazoned with “I slept through the night”.  It made me want to cry…. Read more »

The myth of the “late” baby

A big shout out to the gorgeous @coral.atkinson who shared this photograph of her pregnant belly on Instagram yesterday in the hope that it is the last she posts before the arrival of her third baby.  She says, “Today I reached my due date, I was an emotional wreck all morning, gutted that even third… Read more »

Marketing yourself – the challenges of being self-employed!

Establishing yourself in business is nerve-wracking!  It’s one thing to complete a course in a subject about which you are passionate, or train in a therapy, but a whole different ballgame to acquire all the other skills that are necessary when starting a business.   We both became doulas because we were passionate about supporting… Read more »

Babies bottoms – Plastic-free July!

              July has been “plastic-free” month and as it draws to a close I wonder just how possible it is to raise babies without resorting to buying/using lots of the stuff.  There are many parents who adamantly tell you that they will only let their little darlings play with beautifully-crafted… Read more »

Faye and Lou Muslin Giveaway

“What do we need to buy for our new baby?”   A question commonly asked in antenatal sessions. And, whilst reassuring parents that they don’t have to take out a second mortgage or find a second/third or fourth job to purchase everything the retailers advise, we do recommend muslins! Inexpensive and versatile, muslins are often found… Read more »