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
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?
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