Birth (Recognised since February 2020)
Lives in: Stroud GL5
Local info and availability:
I live in Stroud and can cover the local area including Gloucester, Cheltenham, Cirencester, Stonehouse, Nailsworth, Dursley, Tetbury and surrounding villages.
Yoga for Pregnancy - Mother & Baby Yoga - NCT Antenatal Teacher - Mother Blessing celebrant - Valley Cushion agent - TENS - Birth Pool - Birth & Parenting books
Hello, I’m Gillian. If you’re looking for a supportive, calm and confident doula to be part of your birth journey, I’d love to hear from you! We can have a chat about what I can offer and the ways in which hiring a doula can enhance your birth experience. I am passionate about helping you to find your own inner strength in pregnancy and achieve a positive birth outcome.
“I would highly recommend Gillian as a doula. She is very dedicated, knows her stuff, has a very serene presence and makes you feel in control in any situation” – ST
I will bring a calm, relaxed and joyous presence to your labour environment, helping to make your birth the magical, empowering event it should be. I’ve been in the ‘birth world’ for over 20 years: previously a children’s Nanny, I’m now a National Childbirth Trust (NCT) antenatal teacher – so I know the theory; a Pregnancy Yoga instructor – so I know the practice; I’ve worked at Stroud Midwifery Unit as a Maternity Care Assistant – so I know the reality and I’m a mum of three – so I know the feeling! My aim is to make you feel safe, supported, listened to and held, in order for you to achieve your best birth experience.
I love supporting women and birthing people throughout different pregnancy and birth situations including home and hospital births in water and on land, induction – or declining induction – and caesarean. I can accompany you if you are by yourself, or support both you and your partner. I, and the women I work with, thrive on the connection that is formed between us – even via Zoom if necessary!
“Gillian brought the positivity to my birth. Her calm and smiling presence kept the mood serene. She consistently gave me encouragement and seemed to know intuitively what I needed. Her support enabled me to have the birth I had hoped for, a natural home birth” – EP
I also teach Yoga for Pregnancy and Mother & Baby Yoga and I run Couple’s Yoga Birth Workshops as I am a huge believer in the benefits of yoga for pregnancy, birth and beyond. I offer various doula packages from simply being your pregnancy and birth doula, to including pre- and post-natal yoga and postnatal doula support too.
“As soon as I knew Gillian was on board I felt more relaxed” – JL
For more information on my yoga classes see www.bookwhen.com/birthandbeyondcotswolds
I am a founding member of Stroud Sling & Nappy Library , a Stroud Maternity Matters volunteer, I sit on the local Maternity Voices Partnership committee and I am the local NCT branch Valley Cushion agent. Between 2017 – 19 I worked with photographer Emilie Sandy to produce The Yoga Mum Project and I am a Mother Blessing celebrant.
“Gillian worked well simultaneously with my partner to support me emotionally & practically. She is knowledgeable, approachable, caring & thoughtful; the perfect doula!”- DS
I have an extensive library of books on birth and parenting which you are welcome to borrow, I can loan you a TENS machine and supply a pool if you’re having a home water birth. For more about me see my website
“Gillian is a very kind and empathetic fellow mother whom you feel you can trust to have your best interests at heart. She is a very good listener and very respectful of your views and wishes” – LA
A little bit about my background…
After going to drama school in London, I quickly gave up any ambition to tread the boards and went to work for Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace for many years, before having my first baby and becoming fascinated by the processes of pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood. Having another baby and supporting a friend in labour as an informal doula confirmed for me that I had to come home to the Cotswolds and immerse myself fully in the birth world, becoming a NCT antenatal teacher in 2008. During my training I put the theory into practice by birthing baby number three at home in water on the night of a full moon..! Subsequently I went on to work at Stroud Maternity Unit as a Maternity Care Assistant. There I saw how hard NHS midwives work and developed a huge respect for them – whilst also realising that working outside of the system was the right place for me, where I could be fully focused on each unique individual growing new life and giving birth.
I look forward to hearing from you.
“Thank you for being with us in one of our lives’ most important moments. We couldn’t have wished for a better support” – IC
Training and CPD courses:
Nurturing Birth course for Birth and Postnatal Doulas 2018-19
Doula UK recognition 2019
NCT Antenatal Teacher since 2008
Yoga for Pregnancy practitioner since 2011
Mother & Baby Yoga practitioner since 2015
Safeguarding Adults and Children with Astute Training 2017
Microbiome and Birth & Breast-feeding Workshop 2018
Twins & Multiples online module 2019
LGBT+ Workshop with The Queer Birth Club 2020
Mother Blessing workshop with Emma Ashworth 2020
‘Becoming Mothers’ University of York webinars on Perinatal Mental & Physical Health 2020
Cultural Competency Workshop with Abuela’s Red Tent 2021
‘Perinatal Mental Health in Fathers’ – University of Surrey webinar 2021
Human Rights in Maternity Care – Birthrights workshop 2021
Biomechanics of Birth – Molly O’Brien, Optimal Birth 2021