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    Doula – A poem by Paula Cleary

    I hold space for leaps of faithtears fearshopessadnesslaughterjoysurprisesconfusiondoubtevolutiondisbelief dreamsdelight&going with the flow I am witnessSpace holderSanctuary guardianGatekeeperHand holderDeep listenerComfort bringerBody whispererDoing nothingerCounselorDreamweaverSympathiserMirrorSeerAlchemistSeeker of truthEn-couragerGo-betweenTime travellerReminderRestorer of ritual Believer Sometimes I sit on my handsAnd sometimes they are busy busy servingWith loveTendingStrokingWipingCarryingHoldingSqueezingMakingShowingSupporting I witness you give birth to your new selfTo your babyTo everything you’ve been waiting forThe setting sun on yesterday and the dawn of a new day I share little storiesTo let you knowYOU ARE NOT ALONE I bring loveI bring hopeI bring loving touchAnd I weep with youWhen they steal your powerAnd overwhelm us allClosing in like an iron fist I weep with youI stand with youI howl…

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    Norfolk Doulas in the Papers

    We are super proud of Norfolk doulas, Shauna Tate and Siobhán Ridley for their wonderful spread in the Eastern Daily Press, the regions primary newspaper. It is a wonderful thing when those in the public eye are rumoured to make use of various services as it can sometimes act as a catalyst for much needed publicity for those services. Such was the case when Meghan Markle was rumoured to have chosen a doula to support her as part of her birth squad. This news has generated a great deal of interest in doulas (a much misunderstood profession) and we hope that more women will become aware of the fact that…

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    Doulas aren’t just for Duchesses

    Norfolk doula Siobhán, writes an informative piece about why you should have a doula for your first birth, just like Meghan: “Doulas have been around since time memorial. They provide the ancient art of emotional, nurturing female support during the most vulnerable moments of a woman’s life – the day she gives birth. The doula community doesn’t shout about what we do. We work with families in strictest confidence, holding their secrets, the details of their journey and their personal stories, under lock and key in our mental filing cabinets. Behind the scenes we work tirelessly in whatever ways we can to change birth culture, to support vulnerable women, to…