Posts Categorized: Video blog

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Singing and other ways to reduce Postnatal Depression – a video blog

Sophie talks about the recent news articles about the benefits of singing for postnatal mothers and how group singing significantly reduces postnatal depression.  She highlights other options for new parents too. Click here for another video blog about loneliness in motherhood To contact us email info@nurturingbirth.co.uk