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🌍 International Birth Doula, Educator and Photographer based in Ballarat, Aust. ✊🏼Wanna rock a natural birth? Grab my FREE eBook on my website now!

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Looking for some kickarse support or birth photography but money has you saying "Eeek!" ? . No need to worry as Ballarat Birth Support offers Payment Plans that span up to 12 months making every single service of mine affordable and easy to access! . Silly me hasn't changed to my 2019 prices yet so make the most of these as by the end of the the month these prices is RISE! . Call, email or PM today to BOOK as some months of 2019 are already BOOKED OUT so get in NOW! . Now servicing Ballarat, Geelong, Bacchus Marsh, Melton and Surrounds! at Ballarat, Victoria

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This woman, my dear dear friend, is such a goddess. She listens to her body, her baby and chooses everything that is right for her. I've never know such a goddess! . If you would like to know more about my photography please visit my bio and click through to my website! at Ballarat, Victoria

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Is there anything more special than a teeny, wrinkley baby foot? . Find out more about my photography on my website (link in bio). Love Sandy at Ballarat, Victoria

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Oh I adore this image so much! This is why I love photography! Can you imagine how much this image means to this mother and baby? Forever? . Photo captured by the extremely talented Shea at @coastal_life_photos who wrote on world preemie day-“ I [email protected] of you today and everyday. You and your wee little baby are absolute heroes in my eyes and I am so happy to be there to document these moments for you.” . Just beauty. at Ballarat, Victoria

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#birthtips . Show me your Granny Undies! . Todays tip is all about being gentle with your body after birth! . My tip is to buy high waisted undies in one size bigger than what you usually wear! . Why? After you give birth (no matter how you give birth), you experience a couple of weeks of bleeding (called Lochia) when "maternity pads" just don't cut it! The best pads to use are the massive incontinence pads. Anything smaller likes to ride up (ouch!), doesn't absorb enough or stay where it should (messy)! The best undies to wear are granny undies in a bigger size than normal so that you can be comfy and keep those big pads in place during the postpartum time. Why in a bigger size? . Because you don't want to be having to worrying about tight, annoying, digging-in underwear with an already sore bottom or fresh cesarean scar! You want to be as comfy as possible while keeping pads in place! . So granny undies it is! Want to be even comfier? Invest in some gorgeous cloth post partum pads to feel like the total queen you are! . So thats my tip! Now, Show me your Granny Undies! . Love Sandy at Ballarat, Victoria

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💗ⓎⓄⓊⓇ ⓌⒾⓁⓁ💗 ✧ A grandmother breastfeeding in Vietnam. ✧ Because breastmilk isn’t only induced by giving birth. ✧ Stimulating the nipple and breast constantly can produce breastmilk. ✧ But more important than that, above all, the will and determination to breastfeed is vital. ✧ You can do so much in birth and breastfeeding when you have determination in your heart. ✧ PhotoCred: @melissajeanphotographyaustralia regram- Badassmotherbirther at Ballarat, Victoria

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Happy New Year! What are your goals for this new year? . Mine are to travel to Morocco to learn all about the ancient ways we looked after New Babies and New Mamas, to creat online courses for you to do, to create an online community to help you achieve a positive birth and so much more! What are your goals? . Love Sandy at Ballarat, Victoria

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Report: Meghan Markle Continues To Break Tradition With Her Birth Plan! ✨ . Isn’t is surprising that this is making news? Have we gone so far off? 🤔 . “Meghan Markle continues to break royal tradition, this time with her birth plan as she reportedly wants to have a home birth rather than a “medicalized” one. She [Markle] is a huge advocate of home births, but British royals are expected to give birth at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London,” a source shared with Grazia. Meghan doesn’t want what she calls a ‘medicalized’ birth, and instead wants to have a pool set up in a relaxing environment,” the source added. “Even [Prince] Harry found this surprising, but Megs wants to ensure her birth is as natural as possible.” . Regram from @bellybabymom - dear friends of mine at Ballarat, Victoria

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. ONLY $13 A WEEK! . Sick of the same old Pinterest images? Want to capture this time of your life in a lush, abundant, raw and Earth Queen kinda fashion? This is the package for you... Lush Mama Maternity Photography . **** Only $13 a week **** . Find out more and book at my website. Link in bio! Xxx at Ballarat, Victoria

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Some exquisite captures from Laura Fifield Photography ----------------------------------- http://thestir.cafemom.com/pregnancy/203180/natural_home_birth_11_pound_baby_photos/183129/the_tie_that_binds/10 at Ballarat, Victoria

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. Studies show that the best way to get the birth that you want is by hiring a professional Doula! . Research shows us that the support of a Doula is more effective in helping you get what you want and feel supported, than any other kind of birth support (wife, husband, partner, friend, mother etc)! . Not only is it like having a best friend who has done it a billion times before but you also have a professional on your side that knows all the tricks and tools that midwives and doctors aren't trained in! . Don't believe me? These are the latest stats on the benefit to having a Doula for your birth- . --31% decrease in the use of Pitocin/Syntocinin (aka being induced which we know means a harder and more painful labour!) . --28% decrease in the risk of C-section (health risk and long term impact on baby and Mama, plus a long healing period) . --12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth . --9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief (less drugs to the baby means better bonding and breastfeeding as well as less time in special care!) . --14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery (more time to love and snug your babe!) . --34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience (cos we got your back, guuuuurrrl!!) . So! My genius tip is to hire a Doula, no matter how or where you want to birth! Sandy xxxx at Ballarat, Victoria

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. 💰 Pricing announcement 💰 . 🙌🏼 🙌🏼 🙌🏼 . Early this year I became a solo parent and with that came some big changes! All of a sudden I am the main breadwinner and holy moly, do I want to not only survive in this role, I want to THRIVE in this role! . I want my children and other women to see me winning and know they can too! . Which brings me to an important announcement! I am currently not charging enough to cover my business expenses AND to put food on the table, send my wildlings to school, pay the bills and live life in a fantastic way! . That’s not good enough! . So as I peak into what 2019 holds I know that price changes are a comin’ this way “cos ladies, it ain’t easy to be independent!” . So! If you would like to lock in my 2018 prices now before they go up all you have to do is slide into my inbox, my private messages, my DMs and express your interest in my services BEFORE 1st JANUARY 2019! That’s all it takes! . So do yourself a favour, send me a quick message and also celebrate with me as I get to shake, shake, shake it to Beyoncé! . All the women who independent .....?👂 . (PS- DON’T WORRY! 3, 6 and 12 month payment plans are/[email protected]@be available to make it easy peasy for you!) at Ballarat, Victoria

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At the himba of Namibia in Southern Africa, the date of birth of a child is fixed, not at the time of its arrival in the world, nor in its design, but much earlier: since the day the child is thought in His Mother's mind. When a woman decides she's going to have a child, she settle down and rests under a tree, and she listens until she can hear the song of the child who wants to be born. And after she heard this child's song, she comes back to the man who will be the father of the child to teach him that song. And then, when they make love to physically design the child, they sing the song of the child, to invite him. When the mother is pregnant, she teaches the singing of this child to the midwives and older women of the village. So, when the child is born, old women and people around him sing his song to welcome him. As the child grows, the other villagers learn his song. So if the child falls, or gets hurt, he always finds someone to pick him up and sing his song. Similarly, if the child does something wonderful, or successfully passes through the rites of passage, the people of the village sing his song to honor him. In the tribe, there is another opportunity where villagers sing for the child. If, at any time during his life, the person commits an aberrant crime or social act, the individual is called in the centre of the village and the people of the community form a circle around him. Then they sing his song. The tribe recognizes that the correction of antisocial behaviour does not pass through punishment, it is by love and reminder of identity. When you recognize your own song, you don't want or need to do anything that would harm the other. And the same way through their lives. In Marriage, songs are sung together. And when, getting old, this kid is lying in his bed, ready to die, all the villagers know his song, and they sing, for the last time, his song. " " at Ballarat, Victoria

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Oh my beautiful friend and client at 25 weeks pregnant with her beautiful baby! I am so enjoying travelling this journey with her family and am so looking forward to meeting this new little soul! . If you are interested in a summer maternity photo shoot get in touch as the weather is warming up so there is space for lots of beautiful outdoor images. Visit my website to find out more and book! at Ballarat, Victoria

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Guess who is in Bali!! Me! I can’t wait to bring home more knowledge and incredible goodies for pregnancy and birth! Don’t worry, I’ll be posting pictures to make you jealous 😋

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‘Brand new baby! The way her head is shaped is called molding and is totally normal. When a baby is born in a head-first position, pressure on the head in the birth canal may mold the head into an oblong shape. Molding usually goes away in the days after birth. During this time, the bony plates should move into a more rounded shape.’ . Words and #Repost @ingefotografie.nl ・・・ . #ballarat #birthphotography #fetalposition #newborn #doula #birthphotographer #birthphotographyaustralia #sandytai #sandytaidoula #sandytaieducator #sandytaiphotographer #sandytaibirth #ballaratbirth #ballaratbirthsupport at Ballarat, Victoria

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Little one, every time you see yourself in a mirror or window, you kiss your reflection. Please, please never lose this love for yourself and who you are. Never lose the pride for announcing yourself as you enter a room. Never leave the love for yourself behind. Not for anyone. Always bring it with you, let it lead the way of who you will become and how you travel along your journey. You are loved by all, but never forget to love yourself first. Happy third Birth Day, my love. at Ballarat, Victoria

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Getting ready for a maternity shoot with an absolute GODDESS!! Won’t this just match her vibe beautifully?! at Ballarat, Victoria

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