From the moment I read Childbirth Unmasked I became acutely aware that a woman’s innate power in birth had been usurped by a series of interventions and technological processes. Unfortunately the system designed to care for 1000’s of women, to prevent poor outcomes and ensure healthy mothers and babies, often fails to recognise the individuality… Read More Can you standardise birth?
We previously made cord ties together at one of our circles. It is a lovely way to create something ready for when you meet your baby. An honouring of this special time when you wrap the tie around the cord and take the step to separate your baby from their placenta. Here is my simple… Read More How to make a cord tie
Being a doula for twins was one of the most memorable experiences in my birth career. I met Helen at the pregnancy circle I was running. This was her third pregnancy with a new partner, Rowan, and she had planned a homebirth. Her first baby was born in hospital by caesarean following a long and… Read More Twins – Making Informed Choices
National guidelines recommend that women be listened to within a culture of respect, in which she is in control (NICE, 2014). Well, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has just published its findings from the latest maternity survey, which asks women who have given birth in 2017 about their experiences of the maternity services, with responses… Read More Choice and Control
The perineum is the area of skin and muscle between your vagina and anus. That’s the bit that has to stretch to around 10 cms diameter to enable your baby’s head to pass out of it. The perineum should naturally stretch during the birth to allow your baby’s head and body to be born. But… Read More How to do perineal massage