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.
I had the most incredible experience at Mama Heaven. I felt so cared for, respected and understood. Every aspect of the retreat is so well considered from time to chill and be papered a little, time to meet other mums and to most importantly to reflect upon our new roles as mothers, from talking in 'Mama Circle' about our births to the life changes parenthood brings in a positive, constructive and meaningful way.
I also had an amazing time with my little girl, beautiful memories to treasure in the future, dancing together, walking by the sea and doing baby massage, just magical. I came away feeling like me again, so much more relaxed, calm and centred. I feel like I can be a better mum now I have has time and support to reflect. Its had a real impact on our lives as a family, can't recommend the retreat enough.
— Lynn & Wren, East Sussex
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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