As the sherpa lightens the load, supporting the team to make navigating the way easier, I am a doula, being here for individuals and couples on their personal journey. With me you will not find yourself alone, and I look forward to seeing your inner strength grow as despite challenges you feel positive, resilient and powerful - you own this!
Why choose a doula?
'Doula' is a Greek word dating back to antiquity for a woman who serves other people's needs, somebody who is quite simply there for another person.
A birth doula is present to listen to you, reassure and support you and your partner through any or all of the parts of your birth journey: preconception, pregnancy, birth and your life with your new baby.
A doula can also be there for life-changing moments in life: puberty, separation, menopause, loss and death.
A hand held out for when you need as you find your own way through the challenges and choices that lie along the way.
A doula is someone who gets to know you personally and is there to help you feel listened to in an unbiased way, to feel safe and reassured.
A doula is part of a community network of care who can help you get into contact with a wide range of healthcare specialists to take care of your physical and mental wellbeing according to your specific needs.
A doula is professionally trained to accompany you, but is not trained in any medical interventions and does not give any medical advice. A doula's services are complementary to those of other professionals.
What do doulas do?
• Listen to your dreams, hopes and concerns as you find your way along your personal parenthood journey.
• Become a resource connecting you with a variety of professionals, organisations and communities supporting you before and after birth and at other times of life change.
• Provide links to evidence-based and unbiased information taken from respected organisations such as Evidence Based Birth, and World Health Organisation.
• Offer ways to help the birther feel more comfortable before and during labour: breathing, visualisation, movement, acupressure, massage and Rebozo techniques for pain relief, according to your wishes.
• Empower the partner, for example with knowledge of how to use the above techniques during pregnancy, early labour and labour. Having skills such as these can help mitigate fears about not knowing what to do or experiencing a sense of helplessness in challenging situations.
• Support the partner through the birth, offering them an ear and reassuring them that continuous care is being provided when they need to take a break during intense or long labours.
• Provide a reassuring presence for the new mother and family during the early days of motherhood, listening and supporting her through the new challenges, providing contacts of health professionals such as lactation consultants and osteopaths.
• Connect pregnant, new and experienced mothers through local support communities, help facilite groups to ensure women feel fully respected whatever their experiences and decisions they have to make on their journey.
My motherhood journey has seen me navigating living in different lands and cultures where I have had the pleasure and privilege to develop deep connections and respect for people from everywhere.
I recognise from my own experience the need for personal support from both individuals and communities of individuals to help meet the new challenges life changes like parenthood present, especially when you have few or no close family and friends to help you. During such emotional roller-coasters, there is a heightened need to feel valued and cared for by people you can trust around you.
My journey is my journey and I feel ready, as a doula, to offer, to give, to serve the needs of those who request my presence, offering comfort, support and reassurance throughout your experience while you make the decisions that work for you.
I am fluent in English, Spanish and French and believe in kindness and respect above all!
Life is precious!
Millions of moments pass by unnoticed, but the most important ones last a lifetime.