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.
Such a good weekend, thank you to the entire team. I have to admit I was a little nervous about turning up with my "lively" toddler for a retreat weekend where he was on the upper cusp of the age recommendation, knowing all the other babies would be so much younger and less mobile than him! I thought others may wonder why I was on the retreat having got through the "tiny baby" stage and now being well into toddlerhood - but I honestly think I may have needed it even more now than in the early days!!... Life seems to have got even more exhausting for me at times since returning to work, starting a training course and now being pregnant again with number 2!!... it was really lovely that everyone was so welcoming and supportive and no one made me feel out of place in any way and I definitely got what I needed - rest and relaxation, some lovely relaxing yet also energising yoga sessions, quality time with my son, an opportunity to be listened to, time to talk with and listen to others and hear their inspiring stories/experiences, delicious, nutritious food and time to reflect and enjoy some "space" where I didn't have to do or think about anything else - bliss!! I hope to be back in the near future.
— Elisa, London
Tags:Babies, Birth assistant, Birth Stories, Birth trauma, Breastfeeding, Coordination, Doula, doulas, Mamacircle, Motherhood, Pain releif, Parenting, Post-natal exercise, Pregnancy, relationships, Yoga
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