Postnatal (Recognised since July 2008)
Birth (Recognised since May 2008)
Lives in: Dunstable LU6
Local info and availability:
Beds, Bucks and Herts Bedford, Milton Keynes, Harpenden, St Albans, Welwyn-Garden City, Stevenage, Hitchin, Luton, Leighton Buzzard, Aylesbury, Hemel Hempstead, Watford.
Born and brought up in Kenya (1966), and living in England for over twenty years before spending 5 years in South Africa recently, I have a love for both England and Africa. I was in South Africa as my husband was involved in community work in townships. I originally worked as a secretary in London and in voluntary work after I got married. After having my first son (’92) I fell in love with birth and decided I wanted to support other women having their babies. I supported friends for years sporadically until I knew what a doula was and trained in 2007. I have 5 children of my own, with quite varied experiences from highly medicated to undisturbed and natural. Four of my children are grown and I have my last daughter still at home, age 13. My births have been the most significant events in my life, memories I will never forget. If I knew what I know now about birth I would go back and have all five births over again! With each birth I have since been privileged to be there to support, birth has become so much a part of me and who I am that I love supporting other women and their partners through this most amazing experience!
ABOUT ME AS A DOULA
Supporting mothers is a passion for me because of the difference I know it can make. I want to use my experience in giving women what I would have loved to have for myself, making it the best experience for you possible and preparing you with knowledge about your amazing body. Knowledge is power. Information is invaluable. Choices are empowering. I will do my best to help you prepare with balanced information, encouragement and support, in how to make it your own powerful, personal experience.
I love giving that one on one care, being there as someone to lean on who knows what you want, supports you in your choices and is there with you each step of the way. Supporting you and your partner through moments each of you may feel some anxiety or uncertainty about is something I love to do.
Personally whatever I do in life that has the right kind of support makes it less stressful and easier to bear! The value I bring as a doula, will be to offer you and your partner that support during your pregnancy and birth experience and postnatally.
After an initial phone call I arrange a meeting with you for you to interview me. If you decide I am able to offer you the support you want and you book my services, we will set up two ante natal meetings to get to know one another and talk about your preferences for your birth. I am available to support you through your pregnancy, answering your questions, guiding you to balanced information and to helpful resources. As you approach the birth, I will schedule an on-call period two weeks either side of your due date. When you go into labour I will be there for you from when you need me and throughout the birth until you and baby are settled. We will have one post natal meeting at a time suitable to you, to talk through the birth and see how you are doing. This is the birth package and costs £750 + travel at 35p a mile)
AS A POSTNATAL DOULA…
I benefited from postnatal support after I had my fourth child at home. The support helped me not to suffer from my usual post natal depression. The relief I felt to know someone was there to talk to and help with household chores that sometimes seemed overwhelming was such a relief. I remember bursting into tears over a basket of laundry!
Adjusting to having a baby can lead to overwhelming emotions and questions, at a time when you are getting less sleep and your body and hormones are recovering. Having a bit of a helping hand with feeding support, someone to talk things through with, or just some practical help with household chores, can make the world of difference. (£15 an hour, minimum 3 hours a day, plus travel 35p a mile)
“With your support we absolutely had the birth that we were aiming for, it honestly couldn’t have gone any better and I already feel entirely different to how I did after my (daughter’s) birth. I honestly don’t think it could have gone any better if I had written a script of my ideal birth experience.”
Sally (2nd baby)
“Your calmness, kindness, encouragement and containment were unfailing despite the many hours and the numerous things you had to deal with. Obviously it is an event we will never ever forget, and you, your energy, your presence is entirely woven into the tapestry in our mind’s eye that is that experience for us.”
Andy (Ist and 2nd baby)
“I felt instantly comfortable during our meetings, as Natasha is a very warm person, she is accepting, open to our emotions, & thoughts, and has an amazing wealth of knowledge and experience. My husband and I really enjoyed meeting with her and going over our birth plan before our big day.
“I remember feeling very safe, knowing Natasha would help create a peaceful environment no matter where we were. She instantly had my heart and total trust. I give Natasha full credit for making it through those 16 hours, but she will still tell me to this day that I was amazing, and that it was all me!”
Alisa, South Africa (Ist baby)
“When I fell pregnant with my second child in 2011 there was no question who we wanted as our doula, we called Natasha and met with her. I would highly recommend Natasha as a doula. I believe every expectant parent should have an amazing woman like her to support you.”
Alisa (2nd child)
“The whole birth went wonderfully. Because of her support and direction I was able to deliver my baby without the need of any drugs or painkillers and had a totally natural birth free from any complications. I couldn’t have done it without her. She is the best birthing companion I could hope for and I would definitely recommend her to anyone.” (Celeste- First, second and third baby)
“Being with us was a bless when little ‘Edward’ arrived in our life because with your support was much easy and great experience.”
Geanina (English second language)
“I would be very glad to have Natasha’s assistance again with future additions & I recommend her as a highly-qualified & skilled doula for any expecting mother or mum-to-be. Her support, both physical & emotional during such a special time in my life will always be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Natasha!
Rosa (4th baby)
“Thank you so much for being with me during labour. I don’t think I could have made it through without your help. You gave me the strength to make it till the end.”
Angelina (first baby)
J hired me as a postnatal doula as she had had such a difficult time caring for her first baby after a caesarean. She didn’t think she needed a birth doula but ended up hiring me at the last minute. She had a beautiful VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean) home birth and was thrilled by the experience. Her husband ‘E’ hadn’t seen the need for a doula at a home birth but was so happy; “You have given my wife the experience she has always longed for and will probably never have again”.