Lives in: Belfast BT15
Local info and availability:
Belfast Area, Northern Ireland in person Anywhere via online
Languages spoken other than English:
I also offer pregnancy, birth, and postnatal online support, either your are in the UK, Portugal or elsewhere in the world, and this support can be done in English, Portuguese or Spanish.
Hello, my name is Ânia.
I am a pregnancy, birth, and postnatal doula based in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
I was born in one of the most beautiful islands of the Atlantic, Madeira (Portugal). I have travelled a bit around the world, lived in different countries, and learned from different cultures, but I decided to settle in Belfast, which I now call home. I am a mother of 2 amazing children born in 2017 and 2020, they were both born in a Belfast local hospital. I am also working in a local homeless charity for over 8 years in the head office.
I have never had a great dream of having children, maybe because I was too focused at the time on living and absorbing as many life experiences as I could from my travels.
n 2011, I came to NI to support my sister as she had a baby and she was going back to work, this was only to be a temporary thing, but I have been here since then. So, I can say, that my doula journey started there, however at the time I had no clue what a doula was.
In May 2020, I had my second child, and once again was a very positive experience, however, what I was seeing around me was just loads of obstetric violence and people’s rights being denied and a huge lack of family support especially postnatally, so I felt that I had to do something. I can say that at this point I have started looking for information, also a couple of friends of mine had already called me their doula (even at the time I didn’t know much about it). The more I looked into it, the more certain I was that this was the right path.
In 2021 I completed my Birth and Postnatal Doula Preparation Course with Developing Doulas, and this was the best thing that I could have done, has given me the opportunity to meet amazing people and learn so much, and since then every day is a school day.
For more information on my Training please visit About Ânia | Ania Freitas Doula