Questions to ask before hiring a doula

reasons to hire a doula

Giving birth can be a beautiful experience, but it can also be tiring, overwhelming and the one time in your life when the extra support of others goes a long way. That’s where doulas come in. Doulas are trained and experienced in childbirth and unlike midwives, whose role is to physically deliver babies, doulas are there to provide emotional and physical support to expectant mums before, during and shortly after birth. If you’re considering hiring a doula you’re probably wondering how it works and what to expect. To answer your questions I caught up with antenatal/postnatal doula and breastfeeding counsellor Andrea Allen of The Doting Doulas. Here’s what she had to say…

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Things Pregnant Women Worry About

Things pregnant women worry about

I consider myself to be a fairly rational and levelheaded person, but from the moment those two blue lines came into my life, I obsessed about everything from maternity wear to miscarriage, and everything in between. When I was awake at 4am fixating on whether a bag of Cheetos could cause listeria I questioned my own sanity, but I’ve since come to realise that there are a lot of things pregnant women worry about. However, while some fears may be warranted, there are definitely a few irrational ones. Here are just some of the things you’ve probably found yourself fretting over during pregnancy.

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5 Signs Baby Is On The Way

five signs baby is on the way

Before I had Baby Boo, this seemed like a no-brainer. You reach 40 weeks, your waters break and hey presto, you give birth. No big questions marks there. But, like most things in life, there’s a difference between theory and practice. As any mum will tell you, the final stage of pregnancy is filled with odd feelings and peculiar sensations and it’s often difficult to tell what’s just a random pain or puddle and when it’s action time. Fortunately, there are a few common signs of labour to look out for, and I caught up with Dru Campbell, midwife at Health Bay Polyclinic in Dubai to get the lowdown.

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8 Gifts For Second-Time Mums

gifts for second time mums

When I was pregnant, I looked at my second-time-mum mates as if they were mamma veterans. They seemed so secure and sorted, while I was utterly clueless. Admittedly the latter is true, I was clueless. But I’ve since come to realise that even second-time mums need a little TLC, which is why baby showers shouldn’t just be reserved for the newbies. Continue reading “8 Gifts For Second-Time Mums”

8 Fears About Childbirth Answered

fears about childbirth answered

I was a little apprehensive… ok terrified about giving birth. In between ‘anecdotes’ from my friends about their own scary experiences, and a few too many episodes of Call The Midwife, I was petrified of everything from what ‘might’ go wrong to whether we’d make it to the hospital in time. As it turned out my birth experience was wonderful. Of course, it’s natural to be scared though, which is why I’ve put together a list of eight common labour fears, and called on the help of respected Dubai-based Consultant OB/GYN Dr. Elsa de Menezes Fernandes to lay them to rest.

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5 Common Pregnancy Sleep Problems (and solutions!)

When I was pregnant everyone kept telling me, ‘get your sleep now!’ But in between heartburn and restless leg syndrome I was running on about three hours sleep a night for the majority of my pregnancy. While for now those days are behind me, I have a gaggle of girlfriends who are all experiencing pregnancy-related sleep problems. In honour of them, I’ve put together this list of common pregnancy sleep problems, along with expert tips on how to solve them.

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REVIEW: Mama’s Box

mamas box review

Hands up if you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the amount of pregnancy and baby products on the market? You’re not alone. As any newbie parent will testify, yours truly included, shopping for that new phase in your life can be a daunting task. From knowing which stretch mark creams really deliver on their promise of flawless skin, to picking the perfect baby bottles for your newborn, it can be a bit of a nightmare figuring out what is needed and what type is best. Fortunately, that’s where Mama’s Box comes in. Continue reading “REVIEW: Mama’s Box”

5 tips for choosing the perfect diaper bag

tips for choosing

A diaper bag is a diaper bag, right? Wrong. As any experienced mum will tell you, nappy changes away from home aren’t always a walk in the park and having a good diaper bag makes all the difference when you’re getting busy with a nappy and wipes in public. But like all things on Planet Baby, there’s an overwhelming choice on offer and when I first set out on the task of picking the perfect piece of arm candy it made my head spin. For that reason I put together this list of tips for choosing the perfect diaper bag. Continue reading “5 tips for choosing the perfect diaper bag”