So why is it that most women still have some kind of medical intervention during labour, or the immediate postnatal period, even with Doula support? Here’s what I’ve observed over two decades… The hospital system is not set up for normality. Everything about the medicalisation of childbirth disrupts our beautifully inbuilt hormones to birth our… Continue reading Why do women have interventions?
As parents we’re often concerned with our child’s physical development, and we panic when milestones are delayed or unmet. All healthcare workers are trained to tick these milestones off, and when we have to make a visit it’s the physical manifestation of development that is given a gold star, so’s to speak. But what if… Continue reading Assessing Ages and Stages
Group B Strep can cause devastation to parents, and is an incredibly sensitive topic. Our intense need to make things better for ourselves and others can work miracles in preparing for challenges and avoiding harm, and is an inherent blessing to humanity. So many areas in life are poorly studied that it can sometimes be… Continue reading Group B Strep (GBS)
There’s a fascinating phenomenon in medical care when patients actually thank their Doctors for causing iatrogenic damage: Definition of iatrogenic : induced inadvertently by a physician or surgeon or by medical treatment or diagnostic procedures We are all cultured to be ‘good’ service users, trusting the protocol in place and handing our bodies (and our baby’s… Continue reading Thank you for my Trauma
These were my children’s hints and tips for birth around 3-5 years ago…will have to ask them for updates: Don’t cut the cord until the placenta is born Have skin to skin. Make a comfy, homely environment. Make a plan and visualise it. Have a clear mind, away from negativity (no stress). Co sleep Don’t… Continue reading Doula Children