Though it may be true that working with folks in the childbearing year is a calling, it is also a profession and in most cases involves running a small, independent business. Most doulas, birth photographers, lactation consultants, and the like are working as independent contractors or sole proprietors who set their own practice standards and limits and are using this work as a primary source of income rather than as a hobby. In every case, it is essential that there is a solid contract - written NOT verbal - between the birth worker and the clients.Read More
Many new parents have the opportunity for family or friends to step in and help them when needed, and others do not have that luxury, or do not find having people they feel need entertaining around as beneficial during this intimate time.
Enter: Your Postpartum Doula.Read More
Your pelvis is the part of our body designed specifically to protect your reproductive organs and, in the case of the female pelvis, protect your unborn child. Before we can really understand what happens to our pelvis during pregnancy and childbirth, we first have to understand some basic anatomy of the pelvis itself.Read More
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, an advocate is “a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy”. When we talk about advocating for yourself during labour, we essentially mean how do you become your own biggest cheerleader and make sure you’re communicating your wants and needs. It sounds quite simple, but there’s a good reason why you’ll find so much discussion surrounding it. Labour can be a tricky time for decision making and communication. Between discomfort, unpredictable events, unknown options, unfamiliar circumstances, the whole thing can be a bit of a confusing whirlwind that you get swept away with – but that doesn’t have to be the case.Read More
The definition of “family” is changing. Many of us have been programmed to believe that a family includes grandparents, a mum and a dad, brothers and sisters, cousins, aunts and uncles, etc. Yet continuously families are becoming more diverse than we ever imagined!
Fertility treatment is expanding these possibilities. Things such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF), intrauterine insemination (IUI), and the use of donor tissue (eggs, sperm, or donated embryos) are some of the options that someone can use to have a baby. In some cases, if the use of donor tissue is chosen, people opt to have an anonymous donor or a known donor; there are many organisations out there that work with anonymous tissue donors, and known donors can even be siblings, cousins, or friends!Read More
There are many reasons a woman may wish to induce labour, and in this day and age it’s almost second nature to turn to the internet for these things. But with a myriad on conflicting information, anecdotes and outcomes, it can be hard to know what to believe. I’ve put together some no-nonsense information about “natural” inductions. I’ve broken them down to three categories: The Good – clear evidence that this works. The Fun – little scientific evidence but more anecdotal evidence. And The Scary – the things that you should avoid, despite what the internet might say.Read More
Investing in a birth doula can bring up questions surrounding what you actually get for your money. It’s difficult without any tangible results or guarantees to know if it’s really worth it. But with more and more parents deciding to incorporate doula care in to their pregnancy, birth and postpartum lives, we are seeing more and more evidence of what the real results of doula care are. Check out this post for some astonishing figures and to find out how a doula could really change everything for you and your baby,Read More
If you’re interested in the idea of having a water birth, then chances are you’ve already looked towards the internet, friends and family and birth professionals to find out a bit more about what they are and why you’d have one. These are great sources of information and support, but can present issues where knowledge is limited to one person’s experiences or prejudice. I’ve put together a list of no-nonsense pros and cons that you may not have considered (or may not have even heard about) when it comes to getting in the pool.Read More
You may be curious if a doula is for you, you may even have decided you’d like a doula, but when it comes to doulas one size does not fit all. So where do you start?Read More