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Q&A with Abbey, Doula & Hypnobirthing Practitioner

Q&A with Abbey, Doula & Hypnobirthing Practitioner

What made you want to become a Doula?

I’ve always love nurturing women and holding space for them. The birth of my first child was challenging and I now know I didn’t go in fully informed or aware of what I could do to surrender to and handle the twists and turns. 


What is your favourite part of what you do?

Being able to hold mothers in a time in their lives where it’s a huge transition. Making them feel comfortable and confident in their bodies to prepare for birth and nurtured as they take on their new role, particularly during the first six weeks. I have seen a huge gap of support in the postpartum period where women really need to be able to debrief their pregnancy and birth and provided sensitive and gentle nurturing as they learn how to become a mother.


Things people would be surprised to learn about your job

- I am on call for a 4-week period from 38-42 weeks.

- I never leave my parents side once I arrive until their baby is earthside

- I love placenta’s, I find them fascinating

- I am a full spectrum doula guiding parent through pregnancy, birthing and postpartum


Favourite self-care tips

I am big on rituals, it’s a time I give back to my body, mind and soul. I love waking up in the morning before my kids and burning my palo santo stick, while doing a yoga stretch and drinking my Kalio Feel Well drink. It makes my days start well, giving me a lot of clarity and energy. Journaling, nightly magnesium baths, laying in the sun, reading birthing / postpartum books, Pilates, mediation, weekly Thai for dinner from our local and my being around my friends and family are all my self-care loves. I practice these daily and feel very grateful for what and who I have around me.