I remember my dad telling me about how after I was born by emergency caesarean his boss wouldn’t give him any extra time off work to care for my mum and me. He was really upset about this.
More than three decades later very little has changed. Read More
I get lots of emails from readers of my Postpartum Recipe Book asking if the recipes are suitable for pregnancy. But before I answer I’ll start with my golden rule… Read More
How does your personality impact how much money you make? Today I chat with my own personal money mentor Denise Duffield-Thomas about unconscious money beliefs and how to leverage them in your business. Read More
I’ve been writing a blog for longer than I’ve been a doula! It’s been a critical element of my business success. It’s a way of expressing my ideas and a brilliant marketing tool that builds trust and rapport with potential clients.
I often get asked about blogging by other postpartum professionals, so here’s my quick guide to starting your very own blog. Read More
Over my decade of working with Newborn Mothers, I’ve seen placenta encapsulation appear from nowhere and become very popular.
Even though I’ve never found any science behind it, nor is it common in any of the traditional cultures I have studied, I hear many modern mothers raving about the results. Read More
Gift giving is one of those emotional labour jobs that usually falls squarely on women’s shoulders. I know many women who actually buy their own gifts and even wrap them to save their husbands the trouble!
Here are five things we usually don’t want for Mother’s Day and the one thing we’d really really love! Read More
Without putting too fine a point on it, the biggest difference between men and women is that YOU are the one having the baby. It’s in your body, right now. You’ve probably connected the dots much quicker than your partner and realised that having a baby is going to change your life. This means that YOU are the one planning, reading, shopping and preparing your heart out, whilst he’s probably just acting as though it’s business as usual. Read More
My very first business coach taught me a valuable lesson which has stayed with me for many years. He said:
“People are looking for solutions, not Doulas.” Read More
Often when I speak to mums about making time for themselves they see it as something that is 100% up to them to make happen. Yet another item on their already overloaded to-do list! Read More
Self-care is a hot topic right now, but given our busy lives, how we can nurture ourselves in a way that feels do-able, as opposed to just layering in another “to do” item? Read More
One of the most common misunderstandings women make about self-care is that in order to look after ourselves more, we need to do more things that are good for us. But the real self-care we all need is something much more simple. Read More
Self-care can imply that somehow it is YOUR fault that you are not coping because YOU just aren't looking after yourself.
Mothers are generally expected to do all the caring roles in our society. Children, elderly and often even men, receive the caring, but mothers are often excluded. Mothers are also expected to care for themselves along with everyone else. Read More
Those of you who have been reading my blogs for a while know that I've been searching for a solution to the struggle of getting dressed in the morning. Well I've found the solution! I met Alma at a business women's retreat recently and she told me about her new style course and of course I signed up as soon as it was available. I own less clothes than ever, bought most of them second hand and I've never loved my wardrobe more!! Read More
Breastfeeding hormones can reduce your libido and cause dryness which makes the thought of having sex quite unappealing. Plus the stress of motherhood, constant interruptions and lack of sleep can delay things for quite some time. I’ve talked to some mothers who waited for 2 years to have sex again after having a baby.
But on the other hand I’ve spoken to women who feel very sensual and orgasmic after childbirth. Increased respect for your powerful body and increased sensitivity can lead to an improved sex life!
But if you are feeling like your sex life is a thing of the past here are a few ideas to inspire you. Read More
It’s a bit of a myth that babies love the car. Truth is sometimes they sleep and sometimes they scream with more endurance than you would have thought possible for such a tiny creature. Having just returned from an AMAZING long car drive with my third baby here are a few things I have learned along the way to help make long car trips more peaceful. Read More
As postpartum professionals it is so important that we do whatever we can to keep our clients in a gooey mushy loving haze. :) That’s why I repeat, over and over again, my golden rule of postpartum care... Read More
Stressful rules, including any complicated diet that makes you feel deprived, will lower your oxytocin. And the last thing I want to be is another expert pretending to know you and your baby better than you do. The first and only rule is to enjoy what you are eating. Eat what makes you and your baby comfortable and happy. Consider these Ayurvedic guidelines suggestions, not rigid rules. Read More
Your baby, and every human being, has two influences, nature and nurture. Both modern science and ancient Ayurveda agree that the influence of each is about even, children are created of half nature and half nurture. Find out your baby's dosha and what that means for them. Read More
It's very common for your iron levels to drop during pregnancy, this is because your blood volume increases and is therefore diluted. Here are my recommended foods and supplements, plus the ones to avoid as well. Read More
There is little written down globally about introducing a baby to solid foods. This is probably because it was an oral tradition, passed down from mother to daughter. Occasionally recipes and instructions for feeding babies were found in old cookbooks, usually in the chapter for convalescence. This is because, in some ways, babies have the same needs as invalids. Both need foods that are easy to digest and nutrient dense. Read More