Here’s what some of my clients have said:
Thank you so much for all the knowledge you have passed on at the classes and the courses. I’m a scientist at heart so hearing from a doula (not what you expect to hear I have to say) that research into hormones, natural labours, co sleeping, carrying infants etc. has proven them to be best for mother and baby is such a relief.
I can say for certain that had I not been to your classes that I would not have had a home birth.
A big thank you
Thank you for all your advice and support. I really enjoyed your classes and found them a great support as well as good fun and an excellent source of biscuits.
As I had decided with my second child to try for a home birth, which was ultimately successful, I knew I wanted some extra support in addition to my husband and decided to look for a doula who I knew would be experienced in home births. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, but when I met Natalie, I knew that we were on the same wave length and after our first two meetings I felt more confident that my husband and I had made the right decision in choosing a doula, and more importantly, that Natalie was the ‘right fit’. In our first meeting, Natalie explored why I wanted a home birth so that she could help meet and manage our expectations and in the second, how she would help with pain relief as none would be available until the arrival of a midwife.
When I went into labour, Natalie was great, providing both support to me, and to my husband. I was amazed at how effective the use of a hot water bottle was (to massage my lower back) in managing the contractions. When some of the contractions started to get really painful, Natalie was able to help me focus on my breathing and to keep me focussed on the end result. While the benefits of pain relief (of course!) crossed my mind, it never occurred to me to ask to be transferred into hospital. I genuinely believe that Natalie’s additional support enabled me to have the birth I wanted and I am in no doubt that she earned her fee – she was worth every last penny!
Natalie also assisted my husband to tidy everything up after the birth and to get the house back into some form of order. This may sound unimportant, but when you’re both on ‘cloud-9’ it makes a real difference to have someone who knows to line your bed with surgical pads and to turn the heating back down. She also came to visit post-natally on two occasions. In addition, when Natalie realised that I was having problems breastfeeding – because our son was tongue-tied – she was able to recommend a breastfeeding counsellor who was experienced in helping to resolve this issue, so that I could start breastfeeding normally, which is now going smoothly.