The Three-Legged Stool of Doula Support

A three-legged stool is very strong. It can support us and provide a comfortable resting place. And because three points define a plane, it is hard to topple over, even on an uneven surface. The three-legged stool has a long history – from milking stool to birthing stool and even, in some cultures, the stool … Read more

Choice is Like a Biscuit Selection Box

When my clients go to see an obstetrician they are often expecting a figurative offer of a cuppa and a biccie. A good host proffers the whole selection box, because to assume your guest likes only digestives is a bit presumptuous. But it rarely goes that way. What they more often get is no intelligent … Read more

Drawing showing tea cups to illutsrate active listening

Intelligent Tea Drinking

Here’s another stunning piece by the talented Jenna. What wonderful work these Developing Doulas do! I am blessed to receive them! This sums up what we doulas do, as we listen to the mothers we serve.

5 Ways I Listen to Women

I’ve been thinking a lot about listening recently. These two ears have heard some stories, I can tell you! I hear stories of love, trauma, betrayal, bitterness, jealousy, romance, exaltation and secrets that would turn you scarlet.   As I listen to women, I watch their faces or, if on the phone, listen as hard … Read more

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