“Induction is sometimes necessary and life saving. Other times it is just a routine part of a crazy trend.” Pam England, author of Ancient Map for Modern Birth. An induction of labour may be sought for different reasons. In general there are medical reasons for artificially starting labour such as a last resort if baby is overdue and no signs of labour are visible. There may be a health concern for either the baby, the mother or pregnant person. Occasionally there […]Continue Reading
How to afford a professional Doula.
In a previous blog post I wrote about why you should hire and pay for a doula and all that goes into the money you are spending when you hire a doula. Here I want to help you to find ways so that you can afford to hire that doula. Becoming a new parent or even having your 2nd, 3rd, 4th… child brings all kinds of expenses, some foreseen and others less so. Figuring out how to get all you […]Continue Reading
Birth Intentions versus Birth Plans
Part of preparing for childbirth for many people is to create a birth plan explaining the things that they want and don’t want to happen during their birth. Often times these plans can be quite long and involve many important aspects with regard to different birthing interventions, preferences and support. In our current birth climate we are hearing many more woman beginning to voice their discontent with how they were treated during their birth: forced interventions, medical personnel ignoring valid […]Continue Reading
Why hire and pay for a doula?
My doula was worth the moola! This is a sentiment that brings me an inordinate amount of joy. I have had several clients share this with me after all was said and done and they had their little bundles of baby smelling joy in their arms. My joy comes from feeling valued and validates the fact that, although my fees or moola are by no means cheap, my clients received something of deeper value in return. I […]Continue Reading
Enter to win a €600 discount on a doula package. Competition ends 3 February 2019 at 17:00 Coming out fresh from the silly season of giving, I have been thinking about women that have been wanting to use the services of a doula but are either unsure and therefore hesitant to invest or not able to afford a full doula fee. So I want to continue the spirit of giving by offering a deeply discounted doula package in the […]Continue Reading
Checklist for Birthing
So much to remember but these essentials should be on your short list: – Wash cloth (for wiping face and relieving thirst) – Lip balm to prevent dried/chapped lips whilst breathing heavily – CD player with soothing music and courage music – Video camera, Camera, film, flash – Snacks, drinks, ice chips, cooler, sandwiches – Something to focus on during contractions – Beanie bag or sock filled with brown rice to warm up in microwave for lower back or belly […]Continue Reading
How the Obstetrician became God…
Quite a strong statement, I know, but with the recent trend it can almost ring true. I’m all in favour of obstetricians because they do have so much expertise and knowledge. After all they have gone through some serious medical training and seen a whole lot of stuff going down because of this they are effectively trained and educated in high risk obstetrics and therefore see disasters lurking behind every door. When a women needs the care of a specialised […]Continue Reading