Category Archives: Birth

Maternal Request Caesarean Section – is it a choice?

There is much upset in the normal birth world today over the announcement that NICE is going to allow caesareans on request.  However, the real statement goes a little deeper than the BBC and newspaper headlines suggest… Firstly, it is … Continue reading

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Wear your baby with pride

I was talking to a friend who is a new mum the other day. Proudly she told me all of her new baby boy’s achievements, his smiles, his beautiful eyes, his ability to poo his own bodyweight- your average mum-like … Continue reading

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Birth or delivery- what’s in a word?

Birth-it’s something we plan for, build our daydreams around and in some cases fear right from the moment that we realise that that little life inside us is going to want to make its way out into the world at … Continue reading

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Was your birth OK?

Home birth is safe, and here is the beginning of an explanation as to why. Continue reading

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Did you have a choice?

Did you get a choice about where and how you gave birth? Was it a real choice or just a list of options you couldn’t have or didn’t have enough information to choose from? Where women are given a real choice many do choose to have their babies at home, and they do so safely and happily. Continue reading

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So, why does the system feel challenged by doulas?

Doulas struggle with issues like the fact that the vast majority of committed and caring health professionals are not able to provide safe and effective care within the system.  Their practice is constrained by policies and procedures which are often … Continue reading

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Is a good birth down to luck?

So, is a good birth down to luck? Certainly if you’ve gone down the standard NHS Consultant Unit route and you come out at the other end thinking you’ve had a good birth, then yes, it is ABSOLUTELY down to … Continue reading

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Am I a midwife?

Are you a midwife? The short answer is no, but here is the long version… Continue reading

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Want a good birth?

As a doula, I’m not allowed to tell women what I think they should be doing regarding their forthcoming births – I can only let them know what their options are and what the pros and cons of certain things … Continue reading

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