Posts Categorized: Video blog

An Interview with Bridget Supple, Microbiome Teacher

Florence chats to Bridget Supple, Antenatal Teacher and news editor of the International Journal of Birth and Parent Education about her interest in the Microbiome and how that has developed into providing online courses for parents and birth professionals about the microbiome and how to best prepare for the optimum bacterial start for babies. To… Read more »

An interview with Alex Heath, Hypnotherapist and Traumatic Birth Recovery specialist

Sophie talks to hypnotherapist, doula and Traumatic Birth Recovery specialist Alex Heath about her work with families recovering from difficult pregnancy, birth or postnatal experiences.  She shares her experience, thoughts about how to best prepare for birth and how the 3-step Rewind Technique can be utilised simply and quickly to reduce the emotional effects of… Read more »

The Birth Plan – a video blog

Sophie chats about birth plans after reading two very differing opinions about them recently.  What are your thoughts about birth plans – a good or a bad thing?  Does it empower you to consider your options, or create unrealistic expectations? If you want to find a doula who will support you antenatally, help prepare a… 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 »

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 »