Postnatal (Recognised since October 2021)
Birth (Recognised since April 2020)
Lives in: Bristol BS5
Local info and availability:
Bristol and surrounding areas - up to 1 hours drive away.
Doula - antenatal, birth & postnatal Hypnobirthing courses Womens circles Mothers blessing ceremonies Closing the bones ceremonies
I’m Daniella, I’m a mother, a hypnobirthing teacher and doula in Bristol.
I am passionate about peoples and especially women’s empowerment. That a journey as big and overwhelming as pregnancy, birth and motherhood/parenting should have all the support it can get.
I work with women and their families, offering emotional support, education and share information to help people make choices that are right for them. I also support practically to help people implement their choices and preferences as well as all along the way boosting their confidence that they can do it -be it labouring and birthing or feeding and caring for a newborn.
As a Doula
I offer sessions during pregnancy helping you and your partner know what to expect for birth and early parenting, what your options are and how you can best prepare. As a birth doula I am on call and ready to hear from you, be it a call to chat through your experience or worries or a call for me to come and join you in labour.
During the labour I am ready to do what is needed for the birth you would like to have, be it supporting your birth partner to support you physically and emotionally, or stepping in myself by massaging your back during contractions, or perhaps focusing solely on practicalities, filling up the birth pool, driving everyone to hospital, helping with other children, taking photos of the birth, you name it.
Once your baby is born I am available to come round and support as needed: whether its helping around the home, cooking delicious meals, helping with baby care, signposting information and services available to you, or simply having a cup of tea together so a new mother is not alone. I feel passionate to support women to grow in confidence as mothers.
Here are some of the other things I offer too:
Women circles held on zoom each week alternating two calls one for pregnant women and one for new mothers. This is a space to pause, connect, reflect, feel support and able to share the highs and lows of this huge adventure.
Hypnobirthing courses once a month in person (unless lockdown happens).
Pre and post pregnancy blessing ceremonies
Where I work
I live in Greenbank, Bristol and can travel up to 1 hour to cover the surrounding areas.
A little about me
Before being a doula, I have been a well known Ofsted registered childminder in Bristol for 12 years. During this time I have learnt so much about a wide variety of children, babies and the journeys that women go through and what kind of support they need. Though I am passionate about education and early years care, it is the women and mothers that have got my attention. For without a well resourced mother, caring for children is much harder.
Having had my own journey as a mother fuel my passion and understanding of the winding road that is pregnancy, birth and motherhood. I find it deeply humbling to be with and support women and their families in the raw and real moments of life. It is a real honour to work so closely with people and their experiences pregnancy, birth and parenting.
Please see my website www.danielladean.co.uk for more information.
Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions,
Warm wishes, Daniella x
What people say about me
“Daniella’s presence during the birth of my second child was incredibly helpful for me on so many levels. She was very intuitive and gentle, with a calm confidence that in turn helped me to feel calm and supported. She soothed and talked to me, allowing me the space to open up, but was also aware when I needed space to go inwards and naturally stepped back at those moments. She wanted to know what I needed right then and there and was confident to make sure I received it. Her small gestures helped me immensely too, from using her initiative to take pictures to changing my pads/sheets. I’m so glad she was there. It made a huge difference to me to have this extra emotional, physical and spiritual support.”
” I feel like Daniella was gifted to me at a time that could have been quite scary and lonely; instead she has made me feel calm, anchored and embraced. In turn, I feel like I can gift these feelings to my daughter, I’m so glad. What a wonderful doula!”
“Daniella helped guide me through pregnancy, birth and beyond, with such warm hearted openness. She is the best doula a woman and her new baby could ever wish for. She also held a really special space for me in a mothers blessing ceremony. I would highly recommend her services. She’ll make everything ok.”
“Daniella was really supportive and caring just after the birth of our second daughter. She made delicious and hearty meals for the whole family and introduced me to a great herbal tea for breast feeding. She was wonderful with our other daughter too, helping her to transition into her new role as a sister! We all really appreciated her gentle, holistic approach.”
“Postnatally, Daniella came to our house every few days for 3 hour slots for the first 3 weeks of our sons life. She held the baby so we could sleep and also cooked amazing food and answered the many questions we as very new first time parents had. Her warmth and steady presence was a source of great comfort for us. Her support helped us to have a really positive experience in the first 3 weeks of our lives as new parents!
We are SO GRATEFUL! Thanks Daniella! Xxxx”
“Daniella was an amazing birth partner for me and my husband. She helped us prepare before hand and we found the sessions very helpful in our birth prep. My birth progressed fast and Daniella arrived quickly and was a reassuring presence in the room the whole time. Postnatally, Daniella was a huge help allowing some alone time for me and my husband as well as helping in the early stages with some household jobs, allowing me to nap, take a bath, go for a quick walk etc. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone!”
“Pregnancy – Daniella is caring, loving, approachable and supportive but at the same time, knowledgeable, skilled and abreast of current issues, popular topics and changes in the field/locality – she always knows the right thing to say or offer to ease my mind and reassure. An example of this is when I was in some discomfort with the pregnancy but still worried about keeping the optimal position for her with certain ways of sitting etc. Incidentally these optimum positions were taught to me by Daniella as well. She said something along the lines of; “try not to worry about that right now, prioritise comfort” I found this incredibly emotionally bolstering, as I felt she was on my side, giving me permission to bend those rules. Herself knowing what is more important and responding to what I needed. I always felt like Daniella was genuinely interested and personally invested in me and my pregnancy- nothing was ever too much trouble and I always felt able to call on her and ask for advice or anything else I needed. She even indulged me on strange whims; a request that really wasn’t necessary for her job description – and that was before I’d even officially hired her! Her voice on the guided meditations is so soothing and relaxing and she paints a beautiful word picture to zone out to. It’s also worth mentioning how flexible and adaptable she is. Offering to care for my older daughter for me so as to allow my husband to attend the birth (adapting to the one birth partner enforced rule because of covid 19) and also, changing her practices so that they can be just as supportive in an online arena. Inviting me to join a mama and doula connected women’s circle. In short, having Daniella there made my pregnancy so much better!
Birth- Daniella was my advocate, cheerleader, masseuse, photographer, PR woman, dresser, motivational speaker, and even babysitter to my firstborn whilst my husband met the new arrival! I couldn’t thank her enough for how there for me she was. How hands-on she was and how grounded she kept me. Especially at moments when it felt like my dream birth was slipping away, she reminded me of my strength and how well I’d done. Which actually kept it a more special experience that I have much more positive memories of than my first experience of birth. I really felt and still do feel such a closeness and connection to Daniella. She has definitely become more than a doula to me, I see her as a friend.
Postnatally- whilst writing this, I am still considering the possibility of more hours of postnatal support with Daniella. But, as part of the package I purchased, a two hour postnatal review was included. This was just so worthwhile and lovely. A real opportunity to reflect with the help of Daniella’s cues. Lots of advice, helpful ideas and sharing how things have been for me which was really therapeutic. Again, Daniella was warm and friendly, caring and lovely. I mentioned before I felt a real closeness with Daniella. But she really inspired me to feel able to open up about personal details and to confide in her with no holds barred. Because of how approachable and trustworthy she is. Investing in a doula was really the best decision I have ever made and I am so lucky that that doula was Daniella.”