Pregnancy, Birth and
I am a Birth & Postnatal Doula with over a decade's experience, based near Lewes & Brighton, East Sussex. I am also a Doula Mentor and teacher for trainee doulas, a Spinning Babies Certified Parent Educator, teaching methods for comfort in pregnancy & ease of birth, as well as a KG Hypnobirthing Teacher. They say 'do a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life' and here I am, living the dream!
I enjoy supporting women and expectant parents to confidently prepare for birth. I love seeing them have exactly the kind of straightforward birth they wished for.
In labour, you often need more support than one person can provide (and that person needs breaks and support, too). It feels best to be with a trusted friend, yet also to have confidence in their abilities & wisdom; to feel cared for in safe hands. To know that if anything went 'tits up', they would know just what to do.
Having the constant support of a doula has been proven to reduce the length of labours & decrease the rate of interventions & c-sections. It also increases maternal happiness & satisfaction.
You might be planning a birth centre, or hospital birth, but you still need to make that journey in dilation or progress before they will even have you stay. Early labour is not always quick and that time might as well be as easy & pleasant as possible. Knowing when to make the transfer can be tricky & having a doula's support & guidance can make this time much more pleasant.
Around 90% of the births I support are home births (including home VBAC and breech). I also attend births at The Royal Sussex (Brighton), The Princess Royal (Haywards Heath), Pembury Hospital (Tunbridge Wells), as well as Crowborough Birthing Centre.