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Why a postpartum doula should be on your birth plan

I am excited to be a part of the postpartum revolution. I am an advocate for postnatal education and I encourage you to take time to plan your postpartum as much as possible. Learn what you will need help with and what remedies can ease your transition to motherhood because your needs are just as important as your baby’s.

Postpartum can be an incredible time for healing and rejuvenation....

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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. Maybe you have read books or magazines or heard stories from other people. In a way, it’s hard to escape the bombardment of...

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Preventing Postnatal Depression

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 positive is it? I’ve heard...

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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, your exposure to birth culture will be different and this effects how you feel about labour and parenting.

Birth can be...

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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 potent time for healing and renewal. However, if the new mother isn’t given the right support, it is a time that she is...

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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 bond with your baby, increase your milk supply and be more sensitive to the non-verbal cues your baby is sharing. This...

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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 experience of birth and her transition to parenthood. However, a good birth doesn’t necessarily...

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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 give you time to organise some helpful natural remedies for postpartum and hopefully, you can ease into motherhood a...

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Belly Binding after birth

 

A woman’s belly goes through an immense transformation to grow a baby. After giving birth the belly can feel quite soft and vulnerable. Women have described this feeling as ‘your insides being on the outside’ or feeling as though everything might fall out.

Sometimes there is even separation in the abdominal muscles called ‘diastasis recti’. The internal organs move...

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