As a doula for years I've seen lots of variations around birth and babies. I will never forget one dad's face when he saw the coned shape of his baby's head straight after birth. I could see he hadn't expected it to look like that. So I gently reassured him that it was all normal and … Continue reading Your Baby at Birth: 10 features that are normal
I don't think I've met a pregnant woman in my circles who hasn't heard of Red Raspberry Leaf (RRL). 20 years ago when I first started practising as a naturopath it was definitely not as popular as it is today. Even Google will give you 19 million results within less than a second! Its botanical name … Continue reading Why I Rave About Raspberry Leaf
So, the birth is now over. You've entered the land of lost time known as baby gazing. You stare at the amazing reminder on your baby's tummy of your recent and incredible in utero connection: the cord stump. The once life line. The once power cord between you, placenta and baby. Then the mama brain kicks … Continue reading From Cord Stump to Belly Button: 3 tips for natural care
I'll never forget the day I discovered baby cheese on my usually-beautiful-smelling baby 😟I was going in to blow raspberries on her chubby neck when I caught a whiff of something. I then noticed a red and mucky rash within her neck creases. What I found is what's known as neck cheese, crease cheddar, fold-funk ... you … Continue reading Got a cheesy baby? Here’s how to deal with it
Since 2012, I've encapsulated the placentas of more than 1000 local mums for their postpartum transition and recovery. Obviously this is a service I can only provide locally. But at least once a week I'm contacted by women around Australia (and occasionally worldwide) asking me to recommend someone closer to them. So if you're pregnant, … Continue reading Placenta Encapsulation – Sorting the reputable from the rogue
I'm a big believer in the body's ability to birth babies. As a doula, I've attended births of 10 pounders that leave no trace. I birthed my 9+ pounds baby complete with a nuchal hand, after a 1.5 hour with an intact peri. But I've also seen mums of 7 pounders experience a 2nd degree … Continue reading Pondering the Peri – What helps before and during birth?
Sadly pregnancy ain't all bout 'that glow'…. and that thick, shiny hair. You've likely heard about the possible swollen ankles, feet and fingers. Or the itchy skin of your growing baby bump. But, we don't often hear about lady bits changing! Things can often get heavy, swollen, lumpy, juicy and darn itchy down there! Um, why is … Continue reading What’s up with my lady bits..?
I'm often asked two questions by breastfeeding mums who are looking at using my breastfeeding herbal products. "Which Mama's Milk product is right for me and do they really work?" So let's break it down. There are 3 Mama's Milk products within the BodyWise BirthWise Store: Mama's Milk - Breastfeeding Herbal TeaMama's Milk - Breastfeeding … Continue reading Using herbs to boost your milk supply
As a doula I've seen firsthand the difference that food and fluids can make to a woman's labour. It can affect her labour's progress, her physical and mental stamina, and her need for interventions. Here are my tips around eating and drinking in labour: Why you need to do it When & what to eat and drink The … Continue reading Eating & Drinking in Labour: Why, when, what
It's likely at some point during your pregnancy you'll wonder these 2 things: 1. How the heck will my baby fit through my vagina? 2. What damage will be done to me in the process? These concerns are so normal. In fact, tearing during childbirth is one of the top fears for most pregnant women … Continue reading Healing The Hot Mess After Birth