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Why Men Shouldn't Give Birth......... and Why Women Using Natal Hypnotherapy Hypnobirthing 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 – during the topic of sexual reproduction – had compared the pain of giving birth for a woman to…
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What does Dani Diosi, Doula, do (when on call)

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!)…

Emma gives birth to baby Leon

Hi Dani It’s a bit of an epic, I’m afraid, but here is my birth story: I had gone to bed quite late only to be woken just before midnight by Tom. He had diarrhoea, so Jack and I cleaned him, his bedding and the floor up before settling…

Natalie gives birth to Baby Freddie

Freddie started to make himself known around 1.00 am, with the first contraction taking me by surprise. It was strong and several more contractions came at regular three minute intervals. I turned to my natal hypnotherapy music and started…

Anna gives birth to baby Zach

Hi Dani sorry this is so late! I guess you know how it is with a new baby. Paul is at home this week so I am finally finishing up some little jobs I’ve been meaning to get to for ages. The birth story gets longer and longer and shows no…
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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…
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Soggy Bottoms and 'Up All Night' - Why a Doula really is the best birth partner

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…
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Natal Hypnotherapy rocks!

This weekend I headed out to Haslemere, Surrey to teach some of the latest batch of Natal Hypnotherapy™ practitioner trainees about birth physiology.  Their actual hypnotherapy training programme started Monday but because these particular…
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Ostrich Burger Anyone?

I recently had the luck to go away for a night with a couple of friends of mine.  All of us busy working mums so the arranging of this luxury was not the most simple of tasks. Other halves had to make sure they could be certain places at certain…

Too Scared to Push?

Been meaning to get back to blogging for ages, but there always seems to be something else – children, work, dogs - that gets in the way . However, the report at the weekend about women being able to choose a Caesarean section, regardless of medical necessity was obviously the kick up the bottom I needed to put mouse to mat, because here I am! Please, don’t think for one moment think I’m disapproving of those with a valid reason for choosing a section. I’ve seen enough clients traumatised by bad birth experiences to know that c-section really is the only option if they want to extend their family. . With those women, I join in rejoicing that an overwhelming fear-factor can be, if not removed, at least circumnavigated, so they can enjoy their pregnancies, births and children. Nor am I saying those whose births ended as Caesareans, should have fought harder/done something differently. Far from it – birth doesn’t always go according to plan and whether a medical necessity, circumstance or intervention necessitates babies coming out via ‘the sun roof’, the birth of a baby and the start of a new life is always something to celebrate as is the fact that we have the life-saving technology we do.