As a life long lover of naps I find it hard to understand when people tell me they can’t nap! But I know it’s true, many exhausted new mums say they find it really hard to sleep during the day.Read More
In the past community would come together to support new mothers. Now we live in nuclear families and culturally don’t have much understanding of women’s needs after childbirth. Sadly many new mothers feel isolated, overwhelmed and exhausted.Read More
When you have a baby you are usually given the same old run-of-the-mill advice. Usually given by people who don’t have children or had children a very long time a go. The advice, though well intentioned, is often verging on mythical! Although in the ideal world it would work, in real terms it simply doesn’t.Read More
Oxytocin is enjoying it’s time in the spotlight. It appears to give almost miraculous results with bonding and mood and milk-flow.
But we rarely talk about it’s dark side!Read More
Naming your business can be one of the first big stumbling blocks you face when you start your business. Some people deliberate for months or even years, waiting for the perfect business name.Read More
There is a lot of judgment around the use of dummies and pacifiers, and many parents feel they have to get rid of their baby's dummies as soon as possible.
But whether or not your baby uses a dummy is not an indicator of a good or successful mother.Read More
Dummies and pacifiers have gone in and out of fashion, but here’s the bottom line: if it makes you and you baby happy - do it!
Have a read through some of the pros and cons of dummies to help you make the right decision for your family.Read More
There is no right or wrong way to do motherhood. The only rule - the golden rule - is do what brings you peace and joy.
So if you do want to start a business, or keep working on your business, go for it! There is no need to conform to any stereotypes of what a ‘good mother’ looks like.
But also be prepared for some hard yards... Running a business WHILST having small children is not the easy option.Read More
Being a mother is not the same experience for all women. All of our children are different. All of our circumstances our different. And all women are different, on the inside!Read More
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
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