Christa Buckland

BHlthSc (Health Promotion)
Childbirth Educator
Hypnobirthing Australia™ Practitioner

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Choosing the right doula

Posted by Christa Buckland on September 28, 2011 at 3:40 AM

Having a doula at your birth can really enhance your experience....if you choose the right one! 



The NUMBER ONE question to ask a doula when you are interviewing her is what her philosophy of birth is.  For example, 
- How does she feel about birth? 
- What does she think of common interventions? 
- What was her birth experience like (if she is a mother)? 
These are the things that matter.  Not how much she charges or even what experience she has.


Lots of people are 'nice' and it may be difficult to tell if you really 'click' when you have only just met them, so this is a way of getting a conversation going and see how it feels talking with them.  This is REALLY important because you will feel most comfortable with someone who shares a similar birth philosophy to you.  If you want a natural, intervention-free birth, then choose a doula who is really passionate about natural birth.  If you are choosing an epidural, choose a doula who genuinely understands and supports your decision.  If you want an advocate, then choose a doula who is assertive and can protect your birth space.


Of course a really good doula will put her own beliefs aside to support your beliefs and goals for your birth, but it's still a good rule of thumb.  :)

Amazing mamma!!

Posted by Christa Buckland on September 27, 2011 at 6:55 PM

In my classes, I really try to emphasize that birth can be whatever you want it to be.  Although I believe this so strongly, even I was surprised and in awe of the capabilities of the female mind and body after attending an amazing birth.  Here are the basics:

  • First time mum
  • mum wanted natural birth but was very unsure whether it would be achievable for her
  • Pre-labour niggles for 24+ hours (completely manageable) gave mum lots of notice that birthing time was imminent
  • total labour time 5 hours
  • 2 hours at home, 3 hours at the hospital
  • no drugs (not even gas)
  • 5 kg baby (11 lbs) - and I'm rounding down here!

Do you see all of the myths that are de-bunked by this birth?

  • First-time mums have long labours FALSE
  • Big babies cannot be birthed vaginally FALSE (thank goodness no one knew how big bubba was going to be or mum's confidence may have been compromised and there would have been serious pressure from hospital to have c-section!)
  • Only super-confident, "earth mammas" can give birth without drugs FALSE

What an amazing mamma!!  Have you noticed how much we (women) underestimate ourselves and doubt our abilities?  Of course, I knew beforehand (from reading birth stories etc) that this is perfectly possible, but to see it first-hand was an incredible and life-affirming experience for me. :)

Natural Induction

Posted by Christa Buckland on November 12, 2009 at 3:50 PM

For my first baby, I attempted to induce labour "naturally" by getting acupuncture.  I think it was very successful as the next day I began pre-labour (a whole day of feeling sick - yay!) and then labour started early the next morning.  Would I recommend it to others - NO!


At the time I thought I was doing the right thing, but in retrospect I wonder if I should have let my baby come in his own time.  I had a traumatic labour and I wonder if that was partially because neither my body, nor my baby were really ready for it.  I was not particularly overdue (only a few days) but I wanted to make sure he came before Christmas.  Whilst I'm sure it would be a bit annoying for a child to share their birthday with Christmas I now think it is more important to let labour begin completely naturally whenever possible.  Don't rush into it.  Your body and baby will know when they are ready.


Of course if you are 2 weeks overdue and getting lots of pressure from your care-provider to induce medically, acupuncture could be a very good option.  But there are more gentle ways of naturally inducing labour that I think should be tried first.


Have a look at for suggestions on gentle ways of naturally inducing labour.


And if you can, read "Gentle birth, gentle mothering" by Sarah J Buckley, MD.  You can order it from Amazon or see her website She has an excellent section about going overdue and the pros and cons for medical induction that you should be aware of before you consent.  Her book gives both sides of the story and you will feel informed and empowered to make the choice that is right for you.


I guess the most important thing to remember is that it is "your body, your baby and your choice".  No matter how much pressure you may be getting from people to induce labour, they can't force you if you do not feel it is right for you. 


Lastly, if you do decide to have acupuncture or medical induction, being mentally prepared and relaxed will help it to be a gentle and natural experience.  You can do it!


Christa :)


Posted by Christa Buckland on October 8, 2009 at 2:00 AM

There are so many great resources so I will just start with books and DVDs that I have personally read/watched.  Please comment on what you would recommend in the discussion forum!  Many of these you can order from Amazon or even from your local bookstore.  I have provided websites where you can order directly from them.


Positive birth:-

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

25 Ways to Awaken your Birth Power

Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering, Dr Sarah Buckley


Hypno- birth methods:-

Hypnobirthing the Mongan Method

Hypnobabies Home Study Pack


Other Birth Methods:-

Gentle Birth Method, Dr Gowri Motha


Birth documentaries:-

The Business of Being Born

Orgasmic Birth

What Babies Want

Birth As We Know It

Birth Into Being

The Big Stretch

Pre birth:-

It's Conceivable: Hypnosis for Fertility 


Post birth:-

Save Our Sleep, Tizzie Hall