The Doula Wisdom Blog

Your Beliefs about Birth

Believe it or not, you already know a lot about birth. Since you were a child, you would have come into contact with birth stories and perhaps been influenced by the media. You most likely have been exposed to birth scenes in movies, documentaries or the internet....

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Preventing Postnatal Depression

One of the more common questions I get asked from pregnant women is 'how can I prevent postnatal depression’? If you type ‘postnatal’ into google, some of the suggested phrases are ‘postnatal depression’, ‘postnatal anxiety’ and ‘postnatal depletion’. It’s not very...

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Do You Need To Prepare For Birth?

When it comes to preparing for birth, do you risk knowing too little or too much? Even if you aren’t actively preparing for birth, you already know a lot. Beliefs and ideas are formed from hearing stories and being exposed to media. Depending on where you grew up,...

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The Golden Month

Growing and birthing a baby takes a lot of energy. In many cultures, the time after the birth is treated with reverence. It is believed, that many chronic ailments can be cured during the postpartum time, as long as the mother is cared for properly. It is considered a...

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How to love your postpartum

Many people are aware of the role that the love hormone oxytocin plays in making and birthing babies, but do you know it’s critical during postpartum too? Feeling loved up after you have your baby is important for several reasons. High levels of oxytocin will help you...

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Asking for help during postpartum

I’m making it my mission to bring more awareness around the transformative postpartum time. I must admit, as a doula and childbirth educator, I’ve been guilty of placing a lot of importance on birth preparation. Indeed, there is a strong correlation between a woman’s...

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Natural remedies for postpartum

Preparing for the postpartum time is just as important as preparing for the birth. There are remarkable changes happening in the mind and body of the new mother. I encourage you to take time to think about the post-natal period before you are experiencing it. It can...

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How long does postpartum really last?

Many people believe that postpartum lasts six weeks after the birth of the baby. Women’s bodies need to recover from the pregnancy and birth. It is hoped that by six weeks the mother has healed from any soreness, bleeding and cramping and that her moods have...

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Breathing For Birth

Women all around the world use their breath to help them with the sensations of labour. Breath awareness helps us to get out of our ‘thinking minds’ and into our body. Your mind influences the perception of pain. If we start to believe a negative story, for example;...

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Talking About Birth

How Do We Really Prepare For Birth? There are so many variables in birth. I think it’s a good idea to have a general understanding of the process and to know there are many variations on what is ‘normal’. For instance, a normal gestation can be anywhere between 37-42...

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Becoming A Doula

Back when I was about 9, I remember being asked what I wanted to do when I grew up. I thought for a moment and then gave a heartfelt answer… I want to help people. In primary school, I chose to present my projects on herbs and the human body. After high school, I felt...

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Five Tips For Postpartum Nourishment

Boost Your Oxytocin Levels For Maximum Postpartum Nourishment Oxytocin is well known for its role in birthing but did you know it’s super important for mothering and breastfeeding too? This hormone aids healing helps provide pain relief, is important for breastfeeding...

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Slow Down Mama

Many common complaints in the postnatal time can be traced back to the new mother trying to do too much. The weeks after giving birth need to be a time for healing and rejuvenation. We need to encourage mothers to slow down and take the necessary time to heal, rest,...

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Boosting Iron In Pregnancy

Did you know that iron is the most common nutrient deficiency worldwide? Many women have low stores and then become anaemic during pregnancy. Some women start their pregnancy with good iron stores but then become deficient due to the demands of growing new life. Iron...

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Happy Breastfeeding

For many women, breastfeeding is initially challenging and it can take a little while to feel comfortable. It's not only the mother learning, the newborn baby is learning how to feed too! I want to share some tips and tricks to help on your breastfeeding journey.    ...

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You Dou-What?

I’m not sure if it’s because I live in the northern rivers bliss bubble, but it seems to me that more and more people know what a doula does. Ten years ago when I started ‘doula-ing’, I remember people getting confused thinking doula was my name because it certainly...

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Five Things To Do Before Your Baby Is Due

Write Down Your Birth Preferences How a birth will unfold is a mystery, but I’m sure there are things you’d like to happen. By writing down your preferences, it can let your birth support people know what you’d like and help you switch off your thinking brain when...

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Six Tips For Rocking The Birth Of Your Baby

Choose Your Lead Care Provider Carefully There are many options when choosing who you would like to care for you. Many healthy women choose to have a midwife support them during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal time. There are options called ‘caseload’ or...

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The Birth Of A Mother

So much focus can be given to the actual birth that the time after birth can be forgotten or skimmed over. However, it is such a memorable time. Good support makes all the difference to the experience of the postpartum and the ‘4th trimester’. In societies where the...

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