Pregnancy, Birth and
I am a Birth & Postnatal Doula, based near Lewes & Brighton, East Sussex. I am also a Doula Mentor, for trainee doulas, as well as a Spinning Babies Parent Eductaor, teaching methods for comfort in pregnancy & ease of birth. I absolutely love my work!
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.
Labouring women often need more support than one person can provide (and that person needs breaks, 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 hospital birth, but you still need to make that journey in dilation before they will even let 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 three quarters of the births I attend are home births (including home VBAC). I also attend births at The Royal Sussex (Brighton), The Princess Royal (Haywards Heath), Pembury Hospital (Tunbridge Wells), as well as Crowborough Birthing Centre.