childbirth

You are what? A doula?

You are what? A doula?

Many people have no idea what I do. These are some of the most common questions I get asked…

”Doula…what is that? What do you do?”

The word doula is actually a Greek word meaning “women’s servant”. Historically women have been supporting other women during pregnancy and labour for centuries and being a doula means I continue to do this.

Why wouldn't you hire a doula? Popular reasons examined.....

Why wouldn't you hire a doula? Popular reasons examined.....

You've Never Heard of a Doula

You don't know what you don't know - something I tell my kids all the time! And if you've never heard of a doula, the role they play in pregnancy and birth or the benefits of their support then you can't really benefit from it. Fortunately doula support is becoming more mainstream and widely known - antenatal classes are recommending us, as are some midwives and obstetricians, and of course past clients recommend their care to friends too!

The Postpartum Period - the 4th Trimester

The Postpartum Period - the 4th Trimester

As a society we are very focused on pregnancy and birth - and rightly so, it’s a huge life event after all. But not much is spoken about the period that immediately follows. The more clients that I support, the more I notice that this time comes almost as an unexpected shock, mostly because of the focus placed on birth as the main event - when really, birth is just the start, the beginning of your parenting journey. I've outlined some points below to consider so that you can prepare a little before you have your beautiful baby in your arms.