“…. even before there were hospitals or shelters, or homes as we know them today, women helped and supported women through pregnancy, childbirth and post partum. Women created a circle of support for the childbearing woman and her family. Today the doula is re-connecting this ancient circle of support bringing female companionship back to time honoured tradition of women supporting women during childbirth”
– Robin Lim
Congratulations on your pregnancy and welcome to my doula services page. I am a recognised birth doula by Doula UK and it is a complete honour to be considered as a doula to support and share this most exceptional of times with mamas to be. I believe that birth is an amazing experience, an experience completely unique to you.
As a birth doula my philosophy is to protect and respect your privacy and birth wishes, to ensure that you feel safe, supported and secure. By providing emotional and physical comfort measures for you and your partner so they can be totally focused and lovingly present for you. I am guided by my clients birth intentions, not mine. By providing a listening ear, and with permission, signposting good information this can help you make informed choices. Which cultivates a feeling of empowerment in your pregnancy, so you can confidently create the birth and family, that is as unique and as individual as you are.
There has been some research on why having a doula is possibly a good thing :) The evidence collected and conclusions have found that there is a 50% reduction in cesarean rates, 25% shorter labour, 60% reduction in epidural request, and a 40% reduction in forceps delivery. You can find the research here.
Other skills I can add to my doula-ing bow is that I teach a fair bit of Yoga, mostly pregnancy and postnatal, I trained with Janet Balaskas as an active birth teacher, and I am a fully qualified homeopath. Many years ago I trained at the Cordon Bleu cookery school, so I love food, but not so much the fancy stuff, just good honest tasting, plant based seasonal yums. I used to love a glass of red and a good coffee, however recently I prefer not to drink and i'm off the caffeine nowadays (a running joke in my house is who am I ?).
I live with partner and our bulldog called Uno (I love dogs) in East London. And when I am not studying and teaching yoga (I love yoga) and supporting mamas through doula-ing (I love that too), I enjoy spending time with my friends being creative (even if that is re-knitting the same cardigan over and over again), eating good food, exploring new places, being in nature, cinema (favourite place to decompress) and a good art exhibition. I also really like to observe the phases of the moon, seasons, and to play around with essential oils, crystals, vibrational sound and oracle cards.
So that's me in a nutshell. If you really want to know why you would want me as you doula, I can only really let my my clients do the talking. Please visit my Kind Words page to read how my clients have experienced my support as a doula for them.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.