Doesn't Your Husband Mind?? The Life of a Doula's Side Kick.

Thursday 15 September 2016

(or a Doula's dogsbody as he likes to call himself).

Being a Doula is a true calling, I absolutely love what I do, I don't think I could do it without the support of my husband (and my children) though.

He doesn't mind the long days, the emotions, the 24//7 month long commitment to being close to home, he lives with the enormous highs and occasional lows of living with a Doula and Birth Trauma practitioner.

What Does A Doula Do?

Friday 17 June 2016

Being a Doula is not a run of the mill role, balancing your commitments and your family and friends requires someone dedicated and very special.

Whether a Doula attends one birth a year or a few births a month, she is an amazing, empowering, woman (or man), regardless of how many training courses she has or has not attended and whether or not she is attached to an organisation. Committing to a month of 24/7 on call, never being far from home takes a lot thought and planning and is never seen as a hobby but as a deep, meaningful and sacred time.

​No individual is "Run of the Mill", we are all unique in our own special ways, even if it is in our choice to stay out of the limelight.

This is NOT informed consent.

Sunday 22 May 2016

This is not informed consent, its a chart.

Based on some recent experiences I have been left feeling somewhat unhappy with the way I watch birthing and pregnant women treated.

The headline picture, that is not either informed consent or individualised care, it is a chart. Sometimes I take more care in explaining to my 3 year old why he can't have a chocolate, than I see grown women being given in the important matter of their birth and the health of their baby.

They are not children, women and their partners deserve the opportunity to make informed decisions relating to themselves and their babies.

The Spiritual Unassisted Freebirth of Honor Hope Kimpton

Tuesday 10 May 2016

Guest post by Zoe Kimpton, photography by Samantha Gadsden Doula.

Freebirth in Cwm Taf Health Board, near Cardiff, South Wales.

I conceived at a poignant time of our marriage. It was one of those undeniable meant to be situations and we embraced it as such from the onset. I knew although controversial that I didn't want midwifery care throughout my pregnancy.