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Pushing comes like spring after winter, with all the beauty of the earth awakening. Birth is like awakening from a sleep you never knew you were in. What a miracle birth is - the awakening of a mother. A child. Love.

Like sap that is free flowing in spring this beauty reminds us of the flow that labour brings and ultimately those final glorious surges that bring baby from the womb, kissed by stars, to this world. Each push led here; encased in a flow of beautiful spring colour, a mother cradling her new child is honoured. Crowned like the soft, beautiful queen she is.
— Jenny on Pushing Pretty

What is "Pushing Pretty"?

Pushing pretty came from the idea of the pushing gift. A pushing gift, depending on the tradition, is given to a pregnant woman to pamper her during pregnancy in recognition of the hard work of birthing that is to come or after the birth of the child in recognition of the hard work the mother did to bring her babe earth side. In either tradition the gift is something that is just for the woman - not for the baby or nursery.

As doulas our work generally focuses on the pregnant and labouring woman but more than comfort measures and words of encouragement the idea of pushing pretty is the pampering and recognition of the woman's body, mind and soul starting in pregnancy, continuing into birth and as the focus shifts from the new Mother to baby postpartum. 

Pushing pretty has nothing to do with how a woman looks or acts during labour and birthing but has everything to do with how she is treated during the beautiful blossoming of the woman into motherhood as she pushes her child into the world. 

Pushing pretty allows us to focus not on just a positive birth experience but a story that ensures the woman is supported, empowered, pampered and recognized as she labours, pushes, births. 

So join us and fall in love with your birth story by pushing pretty. 

 
Painting by Catie Atkinson @spiritsol

Painting by Catie Atkinson @spiritsol

Painting by Catie Atkinson @spiritsol

Painting by Catie Atkinson @spiritsol