What Does a Doula Do?

Guest Post by Lisa Ramsey, Doula.  So, my name is Lisa Ramsey and I have been a doula for 8 years now and I love it! Most of my working hours are spent either with couples preparing for birth, with couples during birth or supporting new parents in those first weeks...

Allowing the Impossible

[toc] Allowing The Impossible in Birth You often hear the question “am I allowed” asked in the context of birth, particularly in the hospital setting. Am I allowed to get off the bed? Am I allowed to have something to eat? Am I allowed to change position?...

What is Active Birth?

Birth is everywhere! Everyone is born, after all, and 4 in 5 women will go through the experience (1). For some, giving birth is a wonderful life-affirming event – even describing it as orgasmic! – but for many women, labour and birth is painful, difficult...

Royal Berkshire Hospital Maternity Policies

            In the UK the Homebirth rate is fairly low in the UK and so it is a fair assumption that the vast majority of mums in  Reading will have their baby at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. I am always harping on about how important it is to educate yourself ahead...

Good Snacks for Labour: 4 top tips

[toc] Snacks to Pack in your Hospital Labour Bag It is a good idea to pack snacks into your hospital labour bag as you need to keep nourished and hydrated throughout labour. But what is a good snack to take? Just because you love a food, or crave it throughout...

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