My son Oliver was born in 2006 at home following a wonderful labour and birth attended by my independent midwife, Debs. It was a fantastic experience and I was on a high for weeks afterwards. When Oliver was about 18m old we started trying for another baby, but after struggling with secondary infertility my husband and I had two cycles of IVF in 2010. The second cycle led to a [...]

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Women have been supporting each other during birth since the beginning of time. A recent Cochrane Review of over 15,000 women showed that continuous support during labour by a woman who is not part of your family, social network or hospital staff reduces risks of intervention and increases the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth. Women who have the support of a doula report having more satisfying birth experiences and [...]