What is a doula?
A doula provides continuous support for the whole family through pregnancy, birth and the early days of parenthood. Filling a role that new mothers and families have always needed, a doula is there to listen, give confidence and not judge. Offering flexible, practical and emotional support we work in women’s own homes as well as in hospitals throughout the UK. Doulas are usually experienced women who have completed some basic training. Doulas do not offer clinical skills and are not medically trained.
Why hire a doula?
There is good evidence that continuous one-to-one support from an additional birth companion increases the chance of a woman having a more satisfying and straightforward birth. It is also known that a woman’s experience during labour has a profound effect on how she feels about being a mother.
Congratulations on your pregnancy and I’m so excited you are here to find out more. I am a mother to two beautiful children: Oliver and Elizabeth and my fantastic experiences in becoming a mother have led me to where I am today. I discovered my own passion for birth through having my own children and the more I learn the more passionate I am about the care women receive and the part I can play in this. I feel so privileged to be able to spend so much time with my children, we love being out in the sun or muddy puddles, we love baking, creating and being with friends.
I am amazed by how incredible women are and want to share with everyone that birth shouldn’t be something to fear but to be embraced. I believe women are more than capable to carry their baby, give birth and raise them. I have trained to become a birth and postnatal doula as I am so passionate about the care women receive and being able to support women in their birth choices as every woman is entitled to give birth in the way she feels most comfortable. I love to be able to offer continuous support from pregnancy, throughout labour and birth and then postnatally. Understanding that subtle differences made during birth can have a huge impact is something I passionately want to share with new families during their journey into parenthood.
I hope to be able to help you prepare for birth so you can be clear about decisions you may need to make and release any anxiety which may inhibit birth. I am a breastfeeding peer supporter and am able to support and offer help where needed; I have breastfed both my children into toddlerhood. As a postnatal doula I love the ability to mother the mother and meet her needs as she transitions into motherhood.