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.
My son Erroll and I went on our Mamaheaven retreat when he was six months old. From the moment we arrived he was beaming, sitting on the bed in our lovely light, airy room and smiling out at the views of the sky, gardens and surrounding countryside. The venue was ideal, spacious and clean with interiors that inspired without being overwhelming. I have a very restricted diet, but all of the meals that I was served were delicious and nourishing. Erroll loved the crèche and enjoyed spending time around all of the other babies. There was not a session of massage or yoga, nor any of the other therapies that we did not enjoy. Many of these sessions were revitalising, energising and refreshing. A few were deeply moving, providing insight and reflection. I found peace and an awareness of self that had eluded me since the birth of my son, as well as the time and space for us to enjoy one another away from the pressures of home.
— Charlotte , London
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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