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 were to ask me what I wanted to gain from the Mamaheaven retreat, I think I would have answered, some quality time with my daughter and time for me, but I have gained far more than that. I've learnt to love every moment that my daughter brings me and to take stock of me time, which I have found I've been thinking about alot since I came home. I've just finishing applying Dr Haushka rose cream and have booked my first yoga group (thanks Erika) for next week, I feel like a new woman is emerging!! Watch out world!!!
Thanks to all for everything this weekend, great experience!!
— E L, 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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