Wisdom and Freedom – A Birth Story

The power of story-telling is second to none when it comes to birth.  For many women there is a desire to share their stories with the world, to inspire women to have a similar birth, or more often to prevent them from experiencing the same.  At the end of January a new mum reached out… Read more »

Embrace – body image and the postnatal mum

Embrace

This week Florence and I saw the film Embrace, made by photographer Taryn Brumfitt (see photo above) and the Body Image Movement. In it she described her hate-relationship with her body, particularly after she birthed three babies in a relatively short time. Having shared a couple of photographs of herself on social media, she decided… Read more »

Continuity of Care – a basic right for women in labour

Isn’t it devastating that this country STILL can’t provide women with the most basic of requirements when it comes to having a baby? It’s nearly a year on from the National Maternity Review which highlighted the importance of continuity of care for women in labour. A further report, release this week, by the NCT and… Read more »

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 emotional, practical and informational support… 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 »

Baby 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 »