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KarenBook Review: The Hypnobirthing Book, by Katharine Graves

Hypnobirthing is something I think I understand, without ever having read much about it. As a general topic, the background theory of pain and fear was one of the first truly “birthy” things I learned about; and this book offers … Continue reading

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KarenBook Review: Whoosh! by Katie Brooke

This is an appealing little book, chunky and colourful, with some useful informatoin tucked into its bright pages. It might be intended as a way for a woman to tell her partner she’s pregnant, or to share some basic ideas … Continue reading

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KarenBook Review: Men, Love & Birth by Mark Harris

I have been waiting to get my hands on this book for some time! Mark is my co-presenter on Sprogcast and the last few months have seen him working hard to get the book finished. I’ve seen and heard snippets … Continue reading

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KarenSprogcast Episode 03

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KarenSprogcast Episode 2: Men, Love and Birth

Here is Episode 2 of Sprogcast, which has a little bit of breastfeeding and a lot of discussion of men in the birthplace, as birth partners and midwives, but also a little bit of discussion of the patriarchal nature of … Continue reading

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“I knew I only wanted her as my doula.”

After a difficult, highly medically intervened birth with my first son, I wanted a different experience and had read that Doulas have a high success rate in low intervention births. I knew Karen after the birth of my first child … Continue reading

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KarenBirth Plan Prompt Sheet

Birth planning is a vague science; some birth workers now refer to “birth preferences” instead, and some prefer to avoid this sort of planning altogether. I’ve found a few resources online including this comprehensive tool from the NHS, and cobbled … Continue reading

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KarenBook Review: The Birth Partner, by Penny Simkin

Penny Simkin is an author, doula, childbirth educator, and birth counsellor. I was advised to read this book prior to my first job as a birth doula, and having now read it through, I will probably take it with me … Continue reading

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KarenBook Review: Life After Birth, by Kate Figes

Kate Figes seems to make a living writing about how awful things are. According to her, birth is awful, and motherhood is awful, and if you haven’t done either of these things yet, this book is pretty certain to put … Continue reading

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KarenTropes about homebirth

I like Alice Roberts, she is interesting and clever. Some of the things she has written about birth have given me plenty to think about, and it’s good for me to think. This evening twitter drew my attention to an … Continue reading

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