Holding Space – What does this mean?

Holding Space – What does this mean?

When I first became a doula I didn’t know what was meant by ‘holding space’. I now know it means a variety of things but I still find it hard to define, so here are a few of the ways I’ve held space for doula clients I’ve worked with… It could mean sitting...
Top tips: Labour and Birth Progression

Top tips: Labour and Birth Progression

Once labour starts the latent phase/early labour can go on for days, and birth can seem like a long way off. You may have been told that labour progresses at 1cm dilation per hour, but this information is very outdated and not necessarily true. Some people will birth...
Myth Busting: The reality of having a newborn

Myth Busting: The reality of having a newborn

We all hear stories about new borns crying all night and then sleeping in the day or having to change nappies every 5 minutes, exhausted parents and postnatal depression (in either parent). There’s also the other side to the coin when we hear or see a new mum who’s up...
You can say no to a vaginal exam!

You can say no to a vaginal exam!

How to know when I’m in established labour, without a vaginal exam   There are many reasons why a person may not want a vaginal exam during their birth, they may have experienced previous birth trauma, maybe sexual abuse, maybe they have a fear of birth or maybe...

What is the Bishops score? Lots of people have never heard about the Bishops score, let alone know what it is.   If you’re a regular follower of mine you’ll know that I’m a huge advocate of informed decisions. Learning about the Bishops score will enable and...

Well what can I say about 2020! It’s been such a tough year for a lot of people. I’ve always been a homely person, I like peace and quiet and my own company, but lockdown and the awful situation regarding the pandemic has taken its toll. I’m really hoping that we’ll...