Risk assessments for home visits. Is this relevant for doulas?

So the phone rings, or you receive an email with the details of a potential client. The conversation goes back and forth and after a while, she says she would love to meet you. Yay. You make a time to meet her and her partner at their home. Probably one evening after they finish work. So do you know what you are walking into?

10 ways to give birth like an anarchist.

#5Move beyond the binary thinking. It isn’t public v private, midwife v doctor, home v hospital, vaginal v. cesarian. There are a million different possible ways your birth can go. I guarantee there is always a third option. It is possible no one has thought of it yet. It is NOT possible you only have 2 options. This kind of thinking makes people very easy to control. Tailor your care to your needs. Be in the centre of every decision. All of you. Not just your uterus and the life it contains, but your hopes, dreams & identity including spirit and emotions.

Natural Caesarians and the quest for the perfect vagina.

I have been present in theatres where women, stripped naked, alone and terrified are paralysed and ignored in the centre of a brightly lit room, where a room full of staff carrying out their preparations take the time to talk, laugh and joke, in a way that would not be out of place at any office. … So I am genuinely relieved to see this positive shift towards respectful births for women undergoing a caesarean section.

The conversations we need to be having more often.

words: Jen Hazi The problem I find most about being somewhat introverted is that I can’t abide small talk. I am sure this is what suits me well to the world of birthing and women’s spaces. I tend to dive in and talk with people about the more intimate experiences in their life. So spending…

If I read one more post about a mum breaking down I’ll cry.

I have definitely spent my share of hours being the miserable know-it-all sadly “helping” another mum by explaining that unfortunately the exhaustion she is experiencing is normal, and yes she is isolated and overwhelmed, however, her baby is healthy, growing well and acting exactly as a baby of that age should

Jen’s story.

My name is Jennifer Hazi, I am a Registered Midwife, Doula and childbirth educator. I work as a midwife in a busy suburban hospital in Sydney, privately with women and their families in their homes and facilitate a monthly space for pregnant women and their female support people which is a unique mix of education, connection…

We Birth are making a film and we want you!

UPDATE: We have received a few requests to extend the time for submissions so if you are still keen to be a part of this project please be in contact with us. we are hoping to have them in by the beginning of August. If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed by the thought of…

Emergency training for Doulas

Why does a doula need to learn about obstetric emergencies?  Doulas are NOT medical professionals. Clinical care of the woman and baby is directly outside of our scope of practice. Clearly defining ourselves as non-clinicians is vital to safe practice. However, we are there on the frontline. We are with women in the dark of night as…

Jacki’s Story

My name is Jacki Barker and I am a doula with a busy business in Sydney Australia. I teach parents HypnoBirthing using Marie Mongan’s Method which helps to achieve wonderful calm and joyful births. I first saw the incredible difference this course made to couples in birth when working as a midwife in the UK…

Nice to meet you.

Ethics and standards. Not the most glamorous topic. But it is important to know what drives us and this is a great way to know. We do have 2 particularly wordy documents that really outline the ethics and standards that underpin We Birth education and other events. This is a brief yet hopefully clear overview…