The Doula Element

Doula-ing

I have worked with some amazing midwives in the past few years Midwives who put their neck on the line in the name of informed choice. Midwives who can work in the dark with a small torch, without a cry of how she cannot see to do her paperwork. Midwives who can read a birth preferences document and understand it in it’s entirety and not cherry pick the bits she will ‘allow’ in the policy Read more…

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The Doula Element

Your baby’s latch is GREAT…..

Is your breastfeeding latch great (or bottle if that’s your chosen method)? This is a little different to my usual blog musings. It’s a little close to heart for many of us working in the infant feeding realms you see, and we witness these things happen in our day to day work. Infant feeding is such an important part of our parenting journey and due to the cuts and lack of funding in infant feeding, this leaves so Read more…

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The Doula Element

I Am Doula

Placenta Encapsulation Cheshire I Am Doula… Doula-ing is probably something I have done my whole life. In primary school I remember being the person who supported my friends in times of need. I would let my own work slack and catch up later to support somebody else. I have always been the one with a house full of kids as my eldest daughter grew up, a safe haven for teenagers and children, and the adults Read more…

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The Doula Element

Hands Off The Breast!

#HandsOffTheBreast I had a six month old baby when I started breastfeeding peer support training. One of things I remember clearly, was feeling really baffled by the ‘hands off’ approach I was being taught to master. How can you teach anyone to breastfeed if you don’t show them exactly how to do it? As a shiny new peer supporter, whilst I was shadowing on home visits, I was even stopped mimicking the hands on support Read more…

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The Doula Element

A day in the life of a doula

A day in the life of a doula! This year I noted one of my days for a local network group. Here is a rough idea of what I might get upto as a doula, so hopefully you will get the jist My working days include various work related tasks. I have started to use a Bullet Journal to my advantage as I can prioritise appointments and personal stuff all in one space! It has Read more…

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The Doula Element

Closing the Bones

Closing the Bones is one of the many ancient traditions women usually participate in during the weeks and months following the birth of their babies. This kind of ceremony, which are upheld in various countries across the world, sacred rituals handed down generations, skills passed through the birthlines of women in communities far and wide, welcoming women in their journey to motherhood.  Closing the Bones as a postnatal ritual originates in Ecuador and involves the Read more…

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