As well as teaching yoga I also support women through pregnancy and birth as a doula.
Personalised support at birth from an experienced woman / women is a tradition that goes back since the dawn of the human race.
Together we’d build a trusting relationship throughout your pregnancy so when the time comes for you to give birth, you feel safe and secure with someone who knows you, and knows birth.
“She gave us both such a great sense of confidence and trust! ”
What doulas actually do is very broad and hard to define. In pregnancy we will talk a lot, I want to get to know you, your birth preferences, your fears and what makes you feel strong, what makes you feel comfortable?
Perhaps you need a lot of birth education or maybe you’re an old hand or have read all the books and just need some one impartial to talk it through with.
Maybe you need practical help, I’ve hung out washing to give a tired mama a break, massaged sore backs and shoulders. cooked food. Perhaps your partner needs some practical tips on how to look after you in labour.
During labour I’ll be with you keeping you calm and helping you get comfortable, reminding you to breath deep and slow and working alongside your midwives advocating your birth plan.
After birth there’s nothing more than I love tucking mums into bed and helping get breastfeeding established.
All these little things add up to make a big difference to women’s experience of birth. And when mothers have a great birth experience, it empowers the whole family, getting everyone off to the best possible start in new life with baby.
Sadly the rise rise rise of intervention, induction, c-section rates and PND is not a fitting testament to a woman’s ability to birth and mother her baby. Unfortunately the current system, undermines a mothers confidence so much so by the time she’s ready to give birth, she doubts herself, her body and her baby.
“Pregnant and birthing mothers are elemental forces, in the same sense that gravity, thunderstorms, earthquakes, and hurricanes are elemental forces. In order to understand the laws of their energy flow, you have to love and respect them for their magnificence at the same time that you study them with the accuracy of a true scientist.” Ina May Gaskin
My doula care for you is non judgemental, there is no ‘right’ way to give birth. I am not replacement or there to rally against sound medical advice, nor will I get in the way of the love and care from a partner if there is one.
I have supported births in all settings, at home, in birth centres and on labour wards in hospitals, some women have pain relief some don’t.
As I teach pregnancy yoga, often I will share suitable techniques with you from my practice that I think will help you cope with the intensity of pregnancy and birth but it’s not a requirement that women I doula for do yoga with with me.
I will bring my knowledge and experience of over 70 births as appropriate for you and your family. My aim is always to get you and your baby off to the best possible start in life together…
If you’re thinking about hiring me as your doula the first step is to see if I am available. Please email me to get in touch. I need to know your due date, where you live and a little bit of info about your current situation and birth plans.
If I think I can help we’d have an initial chat on the phone, with a view to meeting up for a no obligation face to face chat. If once we’ve meet we’ve both decided we’re a good fit you would book me by paying a non refundable deposit and 50% of my doula fee.
Women usually book me about half way through their pregnancy but not always and I am very used to being taken on last minute and working intensely with women to get them birth ready.
Breastfeeding with Jack Newman
Spinning Babies (baby positioning) with Gail Tully
Aromatherapy for birth with Nicola Goodall
Traditional Post Natal Care with Nicola Goodall
Use of Rebozo (three times with various people)
I recently completed an Advanced Doula Training with Red Tent Doulas.
I originally trained with Michel Odent / Paramana Doulas
I was mentored by Bridget Baker former Chair of Doula UK
I am currently a member of The Red Tent Doulas.
I am also a member of AIMS (The Association for Improvements in Maternity Services) http://www.aims.org.uk
I have a large network of trusted birth and body workers I refer to when necessary.
How to work with me…
If you’re thinking about hiring me as your Doula please email me I need to know your due date, where you live and a little bit of information about your current plans for this birth.
If I think I can help we would have an initial telephone conversation and then we’d schedule a no obligation face to face meeting ideally with any birth partners.
Once we’ve met and figured out if were a good fit for each other, you would book me by signing my birth agreement and by paying a non refundable deposit.
People usually book me half way through their pregnancy but I am also used too being taken on last minute and working intensely with women to get them ‘birth ready’
Kundalini Yoga Doula
Kundalini Yoga Birth Prep
Kundalini Yoga is extremely challenging which is why it makes such excellent birth preparation. In just three sessions I can teach you tools that help you maintain your focus, keep calm and give you an incredible experience of your own strength.
3 x 2hr One – One Private Birth Prep Classes
One Off Consultations
If you find yourself in a situation where some unbiased guidance would be useful I offer consultations. By deeply listening to your story I can get a clear picture of your situation and can help you find your way through.
£60 per hour
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