“Laura gave us both such a great sense of confidence and trust! “
Underneath the turban I am just a regular women like you. I’ve been supporting women through pregnancy and birth since 2010 as a doula and pregnancy / postnatal yoga teacher after using a doula myself and the really positive birth of my son.
I originally trained with Paramana Doulas / Michel Odent and completed the mentoring process with Doula UK in 2010. I was a Doula UK recognised doula for many years until completing an advanced doula training in 2019 with the Nicola Goodall and Mars Lord and have since joined the Red Tent Doula Collective
I have attended about 70 births, each one very different. I am particularly experienced supporting 40 + single mums giving birth for the first time.
If you want to check me out… I teach a pregnancy yoga class every Wednesday at 18.30-20.00GMT via Zoom You are welcome to join at any stage in your pregnancy. Drop me an email to tell me you’re coming and make a safe and clear space at home so you’re ready to practice.
“After a traumatic first birth experience followed by postnatal depression Laura provided a great sounding board for ideas throughout my second pregnancy, exploring ways to prepare mentally, physically and emotionally for my VBAC…. I had a truly amazing home birth, Laura ensured I was calm and confident throughout without interrupting the bond I had with my husband and took excellent care of me immediately after the birth.” Kay
Kundalini Yoga Doula
The way I work is very fluid, each family I work for has a unique set of circumstances so I adapt myself accordingly. Through intelligent conversation we work out together what your ideal birth scenario is, what your options are and what steps you need to give yourself the optimum chance to achieve what you want. You may need a lot of practical help to get there or or a lot of birth education or perhaps you need to work through previous trauma or maybe you just need someone like myself to act as a sounding board and birth friend to give you the reassurance you need on your journey to meet your baby. By spending time together talking honestly we build a trusting relationship and get you feeling confident in your body and birth so by the time you’re ready to meet your baby, your completely relaxed around me and trust me to support you through labour.
Most of the women I look after practice yoga with me but it is definitely not a requirement. I’ve found in combining Kundalini yoga with my birth work it’s a really lovely way for us to get to know each other better. Through the practice I can share a lot of what I’ve learnt about birth. And Kundalini Yoga and Meditation has a lot of easy, yet challenging practices that make most excellent birth preparation.
A full doula package offers practical and emotional support through pregnancy birth and the initial postnatal period, as well as three 1-1 Kundalini yoga classes for you and your partner if you have one and they would like to come along? I also offer talking sessions, private pregnancy and postnatal yoga as birth preparation, keep scrolling for details.
“She is very calm, yet assertive with the midwives when putting my wishes forward. After my first birth she helped me overcome my breastfeeding issues, without her I would have given up. She is amazing, very very caring.” Kirsten
My care for you as either your yoga teacher, doula or both is completely non judgemental. I have worked for women who are very clear they will do whatever the doctors say and want an epidural to mums who want to do it all by themselves with no pain relief at home. You’re the boss, it’s your birth, your baby, I am simply there to help clear the path.
I am not a replacement or there to rally against sound medical advice, nor will I get in the way of the love and care from your partner if you have one. Partners often feel nervous about the thought of another person getting in their way of giving their love and support to their partner at the birth but actually having an extra pair of hands present makes it easier for partners to give their full concentration to their partner. We are your birth team and my aim is always to get you and your baby off to the best possible start in life together.
How to hire me
If you’re thinking about hiring me the first step is to see if I am available. Please drop me an email 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 and it feels like 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, I am very used to being taken on last minute and working intensely with women to get them birth ready. But if you’re thinking of using a doula you will get more out of what all I have to offer the sooner we start working together.
“After a difficult first birth hiring Laura as our doula was the best money we’ve ever spent, it’s because of her help that we were able to achieve our ideal birth the second time around. Our marriage and our family of four is stronger as a result.” Kimberley
“Laura’s a lovely person who puts all her focus on you, she’s great to talk really listens while you speak. I was suffering with panic attacks so she showed me how to do pregnancy yoga which I believed helped me get through my labour. My mother and I agree she was amazing at the birth, very good at getting what we needed at the hospital, the extra support is what helped me have the most wonderful birth.” Anon
I have completed many birth related trainings, including. Establishing breastfeeding with Jack Newman, Spinning Babies (baby positioning) with Gail Tully, Use of Rebozo (three times with various people) Aromatherapy for birth and Traditional Post Natal Care with Nicola Goodall. I personally use homeopathy and am confident using it at births. I am a member of AIMS (The Association for Improvements in Maternity Services) http://www.aims.org.uk
I’m in a book!
Drawing on decades of experience from Brighton based Midwife Alexis Stickland and Doula / Massage Therapist Beccy Hands and me 🙂 I carefully chose several powerful and effective practices from Kundalini Yoga to help you cope with stress and prepare you for your birth. Published by Penguin and available from all good book sellers.
Want to do pregnancy yoga live with me? I lead a class every Wednesday 18.30-20.00 GMT.
Full Doula Package: This includes three face to face ‘doula meetings’ prior to the birth to help get you ready for birth, three 1-1 yoga classes and three postnatal visits, day 1, day 3 and day 10.
Private Kundalini Yoga Birth Preparation Sessions : 6 hours of Kundalini Yoga and doula chat over three private 1-1 classes in which I condense all that I’ve learnt over the past 10 years into three sessions which combine kundalini yoga and doula chat. In these sessions I will teach you and we will practice together the three main ‘pain’ management techniques that I’ve taught over the years and had great feedback from other women who’ve used it to invoke a deep meditative state to help them manage their labour.
Individual consultations: Hour long chats either face to face or over the phone are very helpful if you’re in a position where you need some unbiased advice. After deeply listening to your story, I’ll make some suggestions which we can discuss in detail to help you get clarity on the best way forward for you and your baby.
Please drop me an email to get in touch to see if I am available.