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Human Time Bomb: a cheeky lil’ poem

I’ve been wasting some weekend hours browsing Facebook this evening and as I trawl through the hundreds of posts ranging from Sunday Lunch photos to the trending Black and White Image posts, this caught my eye – Human Time Bomb. Fellow placenta remedies specialist and Hypnobirth teacher Helen Wright is heading towards the end of her pregnancy and getting all of the expected questions and curiosity about why her baby isn’t here yet and why she’s hasn’t given birth Read more…

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One Autumnal Day with a Doula

A day in the life of a Doula. www.thedoulaelement.co.uk I wake at 5am to a text message from a new dad. “Placenta was in the cool bag within 12 minutes of arrival, all cooling instructions followed and it is safely on it’s way to our house to go in the fridge.”  I reply that I’ll collect it after my visits this morning.   A placenta needs to be in an appropriate container and cool bag to Read more…

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Doula-ing

Doula-ing. Being a doula. Working as a doula in Manchester, Cheshire and beyond. Being self employed as a doula in Manchester and beyond, I have worked with some amazing midwives in the past few years. Midwives who put their neck on the line in the name of informed choice. Midwives who can work in the dark with a small torch, without a cry of how she cannot see to do her paperwork. Midwives who can Read more…

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Your baby’s latch is GREAT…..

Is your breastfeeding latch great (or bottle if that’s your chosen method)? This is a little different to my usual blog musings. It’s a little close to heart for many of us working in the infant feeding realms you see, and we witness these things happen in our day to day work. Infant feeding is such an important part of our parenting journey and due to the cuts and lack of funding in infant feeding, this leaves so Read more…

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I Am Doula

Placenta Encapsulation Cheshire I Am Doula… Doula-ing is probably something I have done my whole life. In primary school I remember being the person who supported my friends in times of need. I would let my own work slack and catch up later to support somebody else. I have always been the one with a house full of kids as my eldest daughter grew up, a safe haven for teenagers and children, and the adults Read more…

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Hands Off The Breast!

#HandsOffTheBreast I had a six month old baby when I started breastfeeding peer support training. One of things I remember clearly, was feeling really baffled by the ‘hands off’ approach I was being taught to master. How can you teach anyone to breastfeed if you don’t show them exactly how to do it? As a shiny new peer supporter, whilst I was shadowing on home visits, I was even stopped mimicking the hands on support Read more…

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A day in the life of a doula

A day in the life of a doula! This year I noted one of my days for a local network group. Here is a rough idea of what I might get upto as a doula, so hopefully you will get the jist My working days include various work related tasks. I have started to use a Bullet Journal to my advantage as I can prioritise appointments and personal stuff all in one space! It has Read more…