Postnatal (Recognised since January 2018)
Birth (Recognised since June 2016)
Lives in: London N2 8
Local info and availability:
North London, North West London, Central London
Languages spoken other than English:
HypnoBirthing Instructor, Childbirth Educator, Breastfeeding Peer Supporter. I have been supporting families as Doula since 2004 in Singapore, and then London, having joined Doula UK in 2016.
Hi, I’m Manuela. I am a mum of two amazing kids, a Doula, I teach Childbirth Classes and Hypnobirthing. I returned to London in 2014, after living in Singapore for 16 years, where both my gorgeous children were born. As an experienced Doula, I have been working for the last 12 years in Singapore and London supporting many couples through their pregnancies, births, and beyond. A friend recently asked me why I enjoy my job so much. My response was easy: I get a huge rush when the baby is born! The baby is placed on mum’s chest and the parents meet their baby for the first time. There’s this magical moment when baby is peacefully lying on mum and intently looks at mum and then at dad as if to say “Hello, I finally made it, and I’m right where I need to be”. What an honour!
It’s a privilege to share in their accomplishments – not only in pregnancy, but the birth of their baby too! Seeing parents talk, touch, sing and fall in love with their baby is a priceless experience.
It doesn’t matter what kind of birth they planned for or experienced, just seeing them hold and bond with their baby makes the whole journey worthwhile.
The journey into parenthood is a deeply personal and precious time. The support I provide to families is unique according to their individual needs. I do not have an agenda to see women birth ‘naturally at any cost’ – rather I aim to support parents through their birth journey, whatever path it takes. My goal is for new parents to feel respected, informed and nurtured in their early days of parenthood.
As parents, it is important that you learn and understand what birthing choices are available to you. This will enable you to make informed decisions, based on your needs and wishes. With this knowledge, coupled with the invaluable support of a doula, you are steps closer to achieving the birth you hope for.
Dad’s Are Important Too
I’m there to support both of you during your journey to having a baby. It’s as much about the dad as the mum and I make it a priority to involve the dad as much as possible from the very first time we meet. Giving the dad the tools and information he needs to best support you, means we works as a great team. I love seeing dads blossom in confidence during a birth, as i gently remind them of things they can do to support mum and the bond they build is magical. Mums get the best support possible, and know that not only are their needs being addressed, but so too are those of their partners, (no dads standing around scared senseless, clueless of what to do, wanting to “fix it”, feeling lost and out of place!)
How I Can Help You
I offer support during pregnancy with tailor made antenatal classes or HypnoBirthing classes if you are interested. As your Doula, I work with both you and your partner, getting to know you both and making a plan on what support you want during your labour. I offer breastfeeding classes and breastfeeding support once your baby is born. You can also hire me to support you in the weeks following the birth of your baby (babies). As you learn the ropes in your new role as a mum, getting used to the sense of chaos and sleep deprivation, having to look after a little person 24/7, more than anything YOU need to be looked after too!
If you’d like to have a chat to find out how I can support you please give me a call.