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    Grassroots Antenatal Group: Sheringham

    Caz Sayles on her brilliant group in Sheringham I had the seeds of an idea when I first started my birth work journey. I love what I do but struggled with the idea that good evidence based birth education was only available to those that could afford it. I want everyone to be able to access the right information in the hope they have the birth they choose. The seed was watered by the wonderful Maddie who believed in my idea and gave me the confidence to actualise it. I was lucky as I was offered a church hall rent free from Constance (a trustee of the toddler group that…

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    The Portrayal of Breastfeeding in Literature

    Norfolk-based doula and IBCLC B.J. Woodstein is also a university lecturer, translator and writer. Her two newest books might be of interest to other doulas and health professionals and to our clients. Both books can be ordered from libraries or purchased. The first, The Portrayal of Breastfeeding in Literature, is a study of how breastfeeding is depicted in literature for adults and in children’s literature. In this book, B.J. compares English-language to Swedish-language literature and finds that – what a shock! – English-language lit tends to be quite negative about breastfeeding, suggesting that it is disgusting or wrong or problematic. On the other hand, Swedish-language books feature breastfeeding as a…

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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…

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    Sarah Groves

    I qualified as a Reflexologist in November 2009, and then discovered I was to become a Mother on New Year’s Eve of 2009.  Therefore, going into 2010, I started a whole new path.  Along the way, I have come to understand what actual self-care looks like and the importance of building my village. In the early years of being a mum, I experienced anxiety and felt totally exhausted. Had I known what I know now, I would have better recognised the support I needed, asked for help more, not put myself under so much pressure in regards to my work, been more gentle with myself, and allowed space for motherhood…

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    Becky Talbot

    Hello, my name is Becky and I live in central Cambridge with my husband, James. Three of our five children still live at home with us, My youngest child was born at the Rosie in 2009.The older two have now flown the nest and started families of their own; I have two wonderful grandchildren. In my personal experiences through pregnancy and motherhood I discovered that being supported and nurtured empowered me to make choices that were right for me and my family, whether that be highly medicalised, or home birth, both of which I have had. I find women and babies, birth and pregnancy awe inspiring and believe it is…

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    Siobhán Ridley

    STILL SUPPORTING FAMILIES THROUGH COVID-19 (Find out more HERE) Love is what I will bring to you when I support you. I want to walk through this part of your parenting journey with you, wrapping you in a warm blanket of care and nurture. I will listen to your hopes and fears and together we will find ways to create a clear path to feeling confident, in control and connected. Pregnancy, birth and parenting information is overwhelming but I will help you navigate this by acting as your google filter and by guiding you to balanced information. I will always support you in your choices without judgement, holding your hand…

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    Maddie McMahon

    ONLINE SUPPORT AVAILABLE If you are confined to the house right now, get in touch if you feel you could do with some emotional and informational support. Being pregnant of a new parent at the moment is particularly challenging – getting some extra support and having that on tap at the touch of a phone or computer might help just a little bit and stop you feeling isolated.~~~~~~~~~~I suspect you’ve been reading quite a few of these and hopefully some stuff on this website about what doulas do. So you’ll know by now that choosing a doula is about making a short list, having some chats on the phone, some…

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    B.J. Woodstein

    I trained to be a doula because I had a doula myself for my second birth, and that made all the difference between me feeling impotent and done-to, as I had the first time around, and empowered and strong the second time. I want to help you find the strength and power within you and I want to support you so you can meet your pregnancy, birth, feeding, and parenting goals. I believe that loving, encouraging, and informed support really matters, so I will offer you evidence-based information, a warm and friendly listening ear, and an attention to detail that means that I will focus on your needs and desires.…

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