Dear Teenage Daughters

Dear teenage daughters

Dear Reader, I am perplexed and befuddled! By trade, I deal with pregnancy and birth and, although by no means do I claim to be an expert, I like to consider myself rather au fait with babies. However, I seem, in the blink of an eye, to have become the parent of three teenagers (well two teenagers; DD’s 1a and 1b -twins of 13 and my 11year old tweenager.) And I have to confess, I’m feeling rather at sea with the whole thing.

Let me explain – my girls are good girls; yes we have the hormonal ups and downs, yes we have the rolling eyes, whenever their father or I say something that is considered ‘lame’; yes there is the constant mantra of how we are so unfair and nobody understands them; but on the whole I’m pretty confident that they are telling me the truth about where they are going a...

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What does Dani Diosi, Doula, do (when on call)

What a doula does

Since I started officially doula-ing, people often ask me what it is I actually do.  My usual answer is ‘how long have you got?’ Doula’s are about so much more than just holding someone’s hand as they push (although there’s a lot of that too!) It doesn’t really show the half of it but I made a video last time I went on call for a client to give a bit of an insight to what it is actually like being a doula.  Hope you like it!

Dani Diosi is an experienced Doula, Natal Hypnotherapist and Antenatal educator.  For more information about her services and the courses she runs please see www.mamaserene.co.uk or contact her on dani@mamaserene.co.uk

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Why men shouldn’t give birth……….and women (using Natal Hypnotherapy hypnobirthing) should!

Why men shouldn't give birth and women using hypnobirthing with Natal Hypnotherapy should

DD1b (older two are twins – she’s the ‘younger’ one) came home from school the other day and reported that her year 7 science teacher – covering the topic of sexual reproduction – had compared the pain of giving birth for a woman to being kicked in the testicles for a man.

I then saw this video on a friend’s Facebook feed:

Hilarious right?  Especially the way the men look after the session has finished and the wives high-fiving each other in the back-ground...

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Baby Loss

It’s not often that I would post something that many of us are fearful of and plenty of us thank heavens that it hasn’t happened to us!  However, unfortunately, baby loss does happen and in my career as an antenatal educator and Natal Hypnotherapist I find myself in awe of the women and men who, despite having had such tragedy in their lives go on and start the journey of pregnancy again.  I have been asked by one such person, a friend and colleague of mine, if I could share her journey with others out there who might find it helpful and supportive.  The words below are entirley Leora’s.

Baby Harry

Loneliness. It’s been a recurrent theme since losing Baby Harry...

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Soggy Bottoms and ‘Up All Night’ – Why a Doula really is the best birth partner

Mama serene natal Hypnotherapy hypnobirthi classes Hertfordshire and Middlesex

As I was sat watching the semi-final of Channel 4’s Great British Bake Off last night and gazing at the mighty fine silver fox that is Paul Hollywood, I caught myself wondering what he would be like as a birth partner.  Ok, Ok, I know the link is somewhat tenuous but when you are as obsessed with the world of birth (and Paul Hollywood) this is the way one’s mind works, right?. . . anyone? . . .anyone at all?. . . Ok, just me then!

His fantastic blue eyes would certainly be a wonderful focus point on which to fix your gaze during each contraction, I thought to myself...

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