Postnatal (Recognised since July 2019)
Birth (Recognised since April 2017)
Lives in: Hook RG29
Local info and availability:
I have experience with single and multiple babies, low birth weight, NG tube fed babies and babies born premature. I offer night doula support. I generally travel up to an hour by car from my home so can cover London areas. Please do get in touch if you are not sure if I cover your area. **Please note I am not taking on any birth clients at the moment** I have an Enhanced DBS and am proficient in Paediatric first aid. I have a full, clean driving license and am a non smoker.
Languages spoken other than English:
Having a doula at such a special time in your life allows you space to get to know your new baby in a calm and relaxed atmosphere. As a postnatal doula, my role is to protect your space, allowing confidence to grow in your abilities without taking over. I will come to your home and help you settle into your new life with a baby or babies!. I provide practical, emotional and informational support, simply by listening and helping reassure you that you are doing an amazing job, supporting your feeding choices and cooking you nutritious meals, holding your baby whilst you rest, doing some light housework, or anything else you need to be able to rest and concentrate on getting to know your new baby and finding your feet as a new parent.
Hello my name is Desiree, and I started doula-ing because I wanted to support women and their partners to step into their new identity as parents, with confidence. To start parenthood feeling good, supported and enjoy the early days and weeks of life with a new baby.
I spent my childhood living on a farm in South Africa and am very fortunate to belong to a large extended family where nurturing and supporting each other is ingrained us.
I live in a small village in North Warnborough near Hook in Hampshire with my husband Graeme and our three children, two guinea pigs and two dogs.
My birth experiences had a profound and lasting impact on me and I was determined that I would do everything I could to ensure that other women achieved their positive birth experiences and step into parenthood on a high. I had a doula present at my first birth and know how incredibly reassuring it is for a mother (and her partner) to have doula support – during birth and support postnatally. I am supportive, unbiased and non judgemental. I am always in your corner (and I have a great sense of humour too!)
Aside from being a recognised birth and postnatal doula with Doula UK, I am also a certified Level 6 Holistic Sleep Coach with the Holistic Sleep Coaching Program.
I am also an active service user at my local Hampshire MSLC which exists to improve maternity services for women, babies and birth partners.
I have an Enhanced DBS and am proficient in Paediatric first aid. I have a full, clean driving license and am a non smoker.
I respect and value client confidentiality and trust and never share or discuss any information concerning clients or their families to anyone. I abide by Doula UK Philosophy, Code of Conduct. I am also GDPR compliant.
My training has included:
~ Birth & Postnatal Doula Training with Nurturing Birth in 2012
~ Diane Garland Waterbirth Study Day
~ Supporting VBAC births with Mother & Baby (Valerie Goedkoop)
~ Twins and More study day with Younique Postnatal
~ Understanding Newborn behaviour with Younique Postnatal
~ Safe Baby Wearing with Connecta
~ Supporting Jewish families with Mother & Baby (Valerie Goedkoop)
~ Daisy Paediatric First Aid course 2018
Other areas of my work include:
~I am also a member of Surrey & Middlesex Doulas where we share work and offer support to one another.
~ I am also an active service user at my local Hampshire MSLC which exists to improve maternity services for women, babies and birth partners.
~I am also a member of Hampshire Doulas where we share work and offer support to one another.
~ I am also a certified Level 6 Holistic Sleep Coach with the Holistic Sleep Coaching Program with Lyndsey Hookway
Here are a few testimonials from some of my previous clients (I can provide references and contact details on request)
“Thanks so much for your help, it was a godsend and we managed a lot more sleep than we would have otherwise!” B, mum to H
“Desiree is a delight to work with; as a mother of five boys having had 5 th C-section’s and a hysterectomy I had a lot to recover from! I needed a caring calm Doula, Desiree has this in spades. She is understanding as a mother herself, she has an extremely kind nature. Desiree has worked long hours for us night and days for our family 32 nights and 9 days over 2 months. As a mother of so many having her as support has been invaluable…” C, mum of 5
“Desiree was confident handling my newborns (who were smaller than average, having arrived early). She was able to change, feed, wind and settle the babies using a range of techniques to ensure that the babies were as content as possible. I particularly appreciated her ability to work efficiently, which maximised the amount of sleep I was able to get, and her willingness to listen out for the twins (who room with me) overnight, intervening quickly to settle them in between feeds, so that I could sleep a bit longer. However, it was not just Desiree’s practical skills that I appreciated – it was the support, friendship, smile and sense of humour that made her indispensable. Without her help, I am not certain that I would have been able to achieve my aim of exclusively breastfeeding the twins. The sense of relief I felt all day, knowing that Desiree was coming to help in the evening, was so welcome and really helped take the pressure off me. Desiree was incredibly supportive, I never felt pressured to do anything differently (as I had done with others), but I knew that she would offer very wise advice if asked. Our whole family missed her very much when her time with us came to an end – if I could have kept her forever, I would have. I would have no hesitation in recommending Desiree to any future or new parents. She is an absolute gem, whose help makes everything seem easier and has left me forever grateful!” A, mum to twins F & S
‘Desiree is a very reliable knowledgeable caring and enthusiastic lady who is very passionate about her work. She is always smiling bonds with babies in no time 🙂
Thank you for all your help and support during first few months Desiree. You really listened to us during your visit and offered lots of useful ideas which helped us prepare for the taking care of our little one and also thank you for restoring fun bath time for our baby’ S, Mum to baby, A
‘I was so pleased to have Desiree there with me at the birth of my son. I was impressed with how professional she was and her knowledge of the birthing process. As wonderful as the midwives were, they just don’t have the time these days to offer the kind of emotional and practical support that a doula provides. It is very difficult to put a price on these things. I was just very relieved to have Desiree there as she made things so much more comfortable than they would have been! I also really valued the opportunity to talk through the birth afterwards.’ W mum to baby T
“I cannot recommend Desiree highly enough. She supported and encouraged me through a very challenging second birth in 2013 by equipping me with knowledge and options, I felt very confident and relaxed during my second pregnancy. I have never encountered a doula before or after Desiree. AllI can say is, after my experience with her, the benchmark for doulas is exceptionally high! Thank you Desiree for all you have done for us!” L, mum to baby P
“Her presence was very reassuring especially when my husband spent a night away from home. She was on hand to offer help and support but always respected what I wanted to do. Desiree was a natural with my son and it was a shame her stay was so short. Really good friendly competent help is really hard to come by, and I have no hesitation in recommending her as a doula” P, mum to Baby T
“My husband went into a state of decline, which surprised me for our second baby, but it was understandable as our first labour ended up with me being rushed into theatre. Desiree was awesome and kept reassuring him. I dont know how she does it but she has the unique ability to remain calm in the midst of chaos, thus keeping those around her calm too” M, mum to baby D
“She reassured me that she was not there to take my place” O, dad to baby M
“Desiree is a very warm, calming and smiley person. She is really down to earth and homely which drew me to her instantly. She provided hands on support with me during labour and really listened to my needs. I think she makes the perfect doula and I would have her again if I had another baby” A, mum to baby M