Birth (Recognised since March 2018)
Lives in: Luton LU2
Local info and availability:
Luton, Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard, Flitwick, Biggleswade, Harpenden, St Albans, Hitchin, Stevenage, Letchworth, Baldock and Hemel Hempstead, Harrow, Stanmore, Watford. I can travel upto 45 minutes from Luton so feel free to try me even if you live in other places!
Hello and thank you for taking time to come to my page. The fact that you are here shows you are exploring options for helping make your birth experience a positive and informed one, or for having someone alongside you for support in the post natal period. The excitement of pregnancy and birth can often be accompanied by some apprehension, especially if this is your first child, so it’s not surprising you want to gain the right support, before and after.
Maybe you are looking for doula support because you feel you are venturing into the unknown, or because you would like a better birth experience than an earlier one. Or maybe you are wondering how you will cope after the birth, especially after your partner has returned to work or if you have other children. Perhaps you don’t have a partner and would value extra support for this reason. Whatever your circumstances I can be there for you, sensitive to your wishes, offering support in a non-invasive way. My aim is to be alongside you to help you have the most positive birth experience for you wherever and however you have your baby.
My interest in being a doula arose from my own birth and post-natal experiences and those of women I have known. I believe that women have much more say in what happens to them during pregnancy and birth than they might realise; often women don’t know that every choice along the way is theirs to make, they don’t have to be ‘done unto’ or ‘allowed’ by the medical profession. This is empowering when decisions are made based on good information. I have personal experience of how enabling and reassuring it can be to gain fuller knowledge about what happens to our bodies during pregnancy and birth, and the choices we have. This can make a huge difference to how confident, safe and relaxed we feel, key factors in how labour progresses.
As a birth doula for you I will be the constant presence during your labour which so many women and their partners really value, especially because midwives can change shift if your labour is long. I will listen to you, support your decisions and help you understand what is happening. I will support you in aiming for the kind of birth you want and which we will have discussed in our ante natal meetings. I can be your personal resource guide to help you navigate the system and acquire the information you need antenatally.
As a post natal doula I will support you by taking my lead from you, providing emotional and practical help covering many and varied tasks in order to allow you to get used to your ‘new normal’ with your baby. This could be talking about how you feel, or feeding your baby or resting while I wash the dishes or put the laundry on, or taking a nap while I babysit, supporting you with breastfeeding – just a few examples. I am flexible and will be responsive to your needs at the time which are likely to be changeable.
Just to give you a little background information about me; I’m originally from Liverpool, lived in London for many years and have been in Luton since 2001. In March 2016 I took early retirement from my job as a Probation Officer, a job I did for 32 years. Over those years I developed skills in listening, planning and supporting people emotionally and practically in varying and often challenging situations, and believe this has stood me in good stead for working as a doula. The new found freedom of my retirement provided the opportunity for me to pursue being a doula and I am really enjoying it! I have two lovely daughters in their 20’s. I have learnt so much from being their mother, for many years being a single parent to them. I understand what the joys and challenges of parenting can be. I am a also a step-mum and now also a new step-granny, very exciting!
Either the birth package or post-natal or both can be booked depending on what you feel you might need. I’m happy to answer any questions you may have if you get in touch. If you are then interested in considering me as your doula we would book an initial no obligation meeting for you to meet me in person and get to know me a bit more to help you decide whether I could be the doula for you.
Client comments –
“Linda is an incredible person, who gave far more than myself and my partner were expecting. She will always be part of our birth story. Linda made a tangible difference and supported my mental and therefore my physical recovery after my son’s birth”.
“I would have cried if I had been on my own without you”.
” without you baby A wouldn’t have been here, so happy, you were much more than a pain reliever!”
If you do decide to get in touch it’s really helpful if you put your phone number on the form. This is simply so I can text to let you when I have responded by email as they sometimes end up in spam. I don’t want you to miss my reply.