I've been a doula, as well as a doula course facilitator, for 17 years and my favourite part of the job by far, is unlocking the secrets to birth for expectant mothers and for aspiring doulas.
Congratulations on your pregnancy! I hope you’re feeling as well as you’re looking and that you and Harry are enjoying this incredibly special time.
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'It’s not because 'I'm too posh to push' – it's about what I think my body is capable of. I'm not good with pain - I faint when I stub my toe.'
We’ve known for a while now that, if we want our money to make us happier, we should be spending it on experiences, not on things.
When we think about childbirth, our focus is often on a mother, pushing with all her might to get her baby out! What we don’t often consider is what the baby is doing in that scenario.
There are so many myths around childbirth that it can feel pretty overwhelming to try and sort the facts from the fibs. I’ve pulled together seven of the most common birth myths - and I bet you’ve heard of at least one of them!
It has become very popular for couples to write a birth plan in preparation for their baby’s upcoming birth. Sometimes, couples spend hours writing down how they would like the birth to be, often not only what they want to happen, but also things they do not want to happen.
When we communicate with women before, during, and after childbirth, we need to be very sensitive with the words we choose as we put information across, and the tone of voice in which we communicate.
Not long ago, I was listening to the radio and feeling disappointed that the knowledge and perception around childbirth is still so dire. Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2 had childbirth expert Christine Hill on, talking about the ‘ghastliness’ of childbirth followed by Clare Byam Cook ‘controversial breastfeeding advice’ (her own words), stating that many women can’t make enough milk for their babies; and when she says ‘many’, in reality, she means most!
When a pregnant woman watches programs or read books about childbirth, she should be aware of the risks she is taking by using an academic approach to birth. Is it possible to lose intuition and gut feeling if you add too much information and knowledge that creates unbalance in your mind?
Kicki Hansard is a member of Doula UK, however any opinions expressed on this blog are personal views and not necessarily the view of Doula UK.