A doula provides practical and emotional support to the mother through the later stages of pregnancy and in childbirth. Working alongside midwives and doctors, her role is to empower the mother to create a positive birthing experience.
Doulas have been shown to help shorten labour times, reduce maternal anxiety and the need for pain medication.
I offer Reiki massage as part of my doula service.
I have many years of experience in the use of herbal remedies and natural medicine within pregnancy and during childbirth. I can offer advice, ideas and make a lovely cup of tea!
I am proficient in Kineseology which is a completely holistic treatment. This is a very calming therapy involving gentle muscle testing to initially diagnose stress areas and then often lymphatic massage and other complementary remedies. Kinesiology is reported by many to help reduce pain and anxiety, improve sleep and overall physical wellbeing and to help with recovery from illness.
Homeopathy can be greatly beneficial to mothers in the build-up to, during and after childbirth. I have a detailed knowledge of birth homeopathy and can advise on its use as a complementary medicine. Homeopathy has no recorded adverse side-effects and can be taken in combination with prescribed medicines.
Exercise can work wonders during pregnancy to prepare you for childbirth. It helps build your endurance, strengthens your muscles, reduces aches and pains (particularly backache) and lifts your mood and overall health. I can advise you on a range of exercises that are particularly beneficial during pregnancy and do them with you if you like!
Traditional Mexican Birthing Hot Chocolate
Mexicans believe that a woman giving birth is akin to warrior going into battle. They bring them hot chocolate to give them courage, energy and strength. Scientists have now proved that dark chocolate (cacao) contains Theobromine which is a precursor to oxytocin – the ‘love hormone’ which is needed to create a positive birthing experience!
I’ll make you gorgeous birthing hot chocolate from a traditional Mexican recipe 🙂
The placenta is a bountiful source of nutrition to a post-partum mother, and it can reduce the effects of post-natal depression. It is the most natural thing in the world to consume it. The placenta can be eaten raw or cooked, and some prefer to have it encapsulated or made into a tincture.
As part of my doula service, I can prepare your placenta in a variety of different ways. I offer placenta cookery
and I can create mother essence, placenta pulvaris capsules and homoeopathic placenta remedies.