A founding member of Mamaheaven, Paula Gallardo has been a Doula (birth assistant) and a recognised member of Doula UK since 1995. She has three children and currently works as a pregnancy, birth and parenting teacher and advisor in London helping many women and their partners on their journey to becoming a parent.
Paula is also a trained yoga teacher specializing in pregnancy and post-natal yoga.
In her work she covers many areas of the birth and parenting spectrum supporting families physically and emotionally in small groups of birth preparation classes and one-to-one consultations (in person or by phone/Skype). Subjects covered include:
Through her doula work, active-birth training, parenting courses, counseling and other influences she has developed a keen interest in postnatal issues and empowered parenting, especially the importance of reviewing the way we understand and educate the physiology of birth and the importance of “the birth story”. She has been greatly influenced by Ina May, Sheila Kitzinger and Michel Odent and works closely with Da-a-Luz, a group of midwives, doulas and birth supporters dedicated to holistic pregnancy and birth.
If you are a new Mum or a second or third time Mum, be kind to yourself and book a Mamaheaven retreat. The first time I went, I was so exhausted I was just grateful for the creche so that I could have some time to myself. Actually, I really enjoyed the yoga and came away so energised that I began to think that it wasn't just more sleep I needed but more yoga. I went on a second retreat because I wanted someone to look after me for the weekend. It is my idea of a perfect weekend: delicious and healthy food, an amazing massage, loving ladies to look after me and my baby and morning yoga to get me going, all in a beautiful countryside setting. I came away feeling very loved and nurtured as a mother. It certainly made me feel happier and more loving towards my family when I got home.
— Samantha Walker , Kent
Tags:Babies, Birth assistant, Birth Stories, Birth trauma, Breastfeeding, Coordination, Doula, doulas, Mamacircle, Motherhood, Pain releif, Parenting, Post-natal exercise, Pregnancy, relationships, Yoga
This entry was posted on Sunday, July 10th, 2011 at 11:12 pm
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