“Laura gave us both such a great sense of confidence and trust! “
Underneath the turban I am a regular woman and mother like you.
I’ve been supporting women through pregnancy and birth since 2009 / 2010 as a pregnancy & postnatal yoga teacher and birth doula since the life affirming, brilliant birth of my son in 2007 and yes I used a doula.
I originally trained in 2009 and have attended 70+ births since, each one very different. Hospital births, home births, medicated births, unmedicated births, births with doctors and midwives, free births. Births with husbands, births with other mothers and sisters, some births with me and the mama, no papa around. Every family is unique and I feel very privileged to have insights into so many peoples worlds at a very special time in their lives.
I am however particularly experienced supporting 40 + single mums giving birth for the first time.
As you might of noticed, I teach yoga and I while you don’t have to do yoga me, lots of my birth clients do. It’s very convenient, because by using Kundalini Yoga I can teach you my special tried and tested pain management techniques. And together we can practice me guiding you into deep meditation which will help you stay calm and relaxed through labour. It’s also a very lovely way to get to know each other better, so you feel really comfortable and home with having me around.
Group Pregnancy Kundalini Yoga Classes
Every Wednesday 18.30-20.00 UK time and *new* at Tri Yoga Shoreditch every Tuesday 10.15-11.30 until July 13th
I help women feel more happy and relaxed in their bodies, and confident with whole process of pregnancy and birth.
You’re welcome at any stage in your pregnancy and if you have little or no experience of Kundalini or Yoga.
£10 drop in for my Wed class, please check Tri Yoga’s website for details of their classes. Email me for the Zoom link.
Birth Preparation Sessions
6 hours, 2 x 3 hours or 3 x 2 hours
Personalised Doula based birth education plus specific yoga techniques to help you get in the zone for birth.
£300 Please enquire by dropping me an email.
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Kundalini Yoga Doula
My kundalini yoga doula care package includes…
Private weekly kundalini yoga and meditation sessions, in person in my studio or online, partners welcome to join in.
Three talking sessions to educate you about birth, create a birth plan, discuss in full pain relief and help you prepare practically for labour and the postnatal period. One of these sessions is dedicated to helping you prepare for life with baby, including breastfeeding education, if that’s how you wish to feed your child.
Contact over the phone through pregnancy and up to six weeks after birth.
On call period of two weeks before your due date to the time you give birth.
Hands on care of you during labour to help keep you calm and comfortable.
One Postnatal doula session to check you’re being well looked after and have all the resources you need
One postnatal yoga recovery session
“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
Thoughts and Considerations
No two families are the same, every mother I support has a unique set of circumstances and birth wishes. 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 are planning to use 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 and support you on your way.
Through intelligent conversation and deep listening we prepare for your ideal birth scenario, physically, emotionally and spiritually. We’ll talk through all your options and what best steps you can take to give yourself the optimum chance to achieving the birth you want.
I am an advocate for you your wishes with the aim of getting your new life with baby off to the best possible start.
I work with everyone present at your birth to create a harmonious and supportive team.
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, but Fathers-to-be actually find that having an experienced woman present means they’re more involved. I am an extra pair of hands to help share the burden of responsibility of all the small details that help a birth run smoothly, like knowing when to go to hospital, showing how to massage to help ease discomfort and setting up the birth pool.
I offer my birth services as a doula with or without the yoga.
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.
“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
I’m in a book!
Drawing on decades of experience supporting birth is this gem of a book from Brighton based Midwife Alexis Stickland and Doula and Massage Therapist Beccy Hands. In this book I share several powerful and effective practices from Kundalini Yoga to help you cope with stress and pain management. Published by Penguin and available from all good book sellers and Amazon.
I originally qualified with Michel Odent and Lilliana Llamers in 2009. I completed the Doula UK recognition programme in 2010 where I was mentored through my first 4 births by senior doula Bridget Baker. I have since 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 The Red Tent Doula Collective and AIMS (The Association for Improvements in Maternity Services) http://www.aims.org.uk
Birth Support Packages
Birth Doula – Without the yoga
This includes three long in person ‘doula meetings’ prior to the birth. Through intelligent conversation with everyone who is planning on being present at the birth we cover birth education, birth planning including pain relief and postnatal preparation including practical planning for breastfeeding if that’s how your choosing to feed your child.
Contact throughout your pregnancy and 6 weeks postnatal via the phone.
On call period, available 24/7 two weeks prior to your due date till you birth.
Hands on care of you in labour, to help keep you calm and comfortable, from the time you call me out till 2 or so hours after birth.
One Postnatal doula session to check you’re being well looked after and have all the resources you need.
Birth Doula – With the yoga
All of the above.
Plus weekly, 1-1, hour long Kundalini yoga pregnancy sessions, in my yoga studio or online.
One postnatal kundalini yoga session in the comfort of your home.
Birth preparation sessions – Without the doula care
3 x 2hrs of Kundalini Yoga and Doula Chat to help you feel calm and confident about birth.
If you don’t already do Kundalini yoga with me, these sessions will include practicing pain management techniques that I have taught hundreds of women over the past 12 years.
Helpful hour long chats either face to face or over the phone. Perfect if you find yourself in a position where your options are seeming limited and you need some unbiased advice. After deeply listening to your story, I’ll make some suggestions which we can discuss in detail so you have clarity on the best way forward for you and your baby.
“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
In the Press
Please note all images are of previous clients, taken and used with their permission and may not be reproduced.