Birth (Recognised since September 2016)
Lives in: Bracknell RG12
Local info and availability:
In and around the Berkshire area. I also offer cover up to South West London.
Hi, my name is Nicky and I live with my husband and three children. I decided to become a birth and postnatal doula because I know how important it is to feel confident and calm, together with being reassured in knowing the informed choices available to you during pregnancy and childbirth. I would love to support you and your birth partner with continuity together with positive, emotional support at this amazing but sometimes unpredictable time in your lives. This would help you achieve a wonderful, positive birth experience, and leave you embracing the power of your body and excited in your new roles as a family.
I offer support and assistance to you before, during and after childbirth, as well as to your partner and family. I do this by providing:
Assistance with creating your birth preferences/plan.
24/7 telephone and email contact from the time of booking.
I will be on call for you from week 38 of your pregnancy.
Continuous care and support during your labour and birth, including relaxation and breathing techniques as well as assistance with movement and positions.
Support with your baby’s first feed.
Postnatal session to debrief the birth.
Continuous support during labour provided by doulas has been associated with improved outcomes for the mum and baby. This includes shorter births, fewer Caesarean sections and complications. The positive psychological benefit for mums includes, a more satisfying birth experience and increased rates of breastfeeding.
Additionally, I can offer postnatal care, providing continuous emotional and physical support as well as practical support in the form of meal preparation and light household duties.
BirthBliss Aspiring Doula Foundation Course, hosted by Kicki Hansard.
Maggie Howell’s Natal Hypnotherapy study day.
Penny Simkin ‘When Survivors Give Birth’ study workshop.
I attend several local birth groups, such as Positive birth and Home birth meetings on a monthly basis.
At the birth, I think Nicky was as important for supporting me as for supporting my partner. As we wound up having a hospital birth, it was incredibly helpful to have someone I trusted and who supported our birth preferences. She also was with my partner for the first hour or so of labour while I got an hour of sleep.
But the most important role Nicky played for me was modelling how to support my partner. It took a little while for me to get used to the sounds, movements and the pattern of labour, and Nicky really modelled ways to encourage my partner, while giving me reassurance that this was all normal. At the same time, Nicky never made it about herself, and was very happy to let me support my partner as much as I could, while making up for my weaknesses. I was very impressed with her ability to sense when and how we needed her, and support us without interfering. In the end, birth was a really positive experience for us and we came away feeling like a team who had just achieved something huge. Nicky facilitated that by giving me the courage and tools to be what my partner needed me to be. I’d recommend her to anyone.
Nicky was a lovely doula, she was very helpful and supportive, and respected our wishes and was able to give very good advice. She helped X deal with her anxieties without being judgemental.
Having Nicky there to support us both before, during and after the birth was very helpful. It meant we had a consistency of care and advice throughout, which is often lacking when going through the whole pregnancy and labour progress, as nine times out of ten you don’t know the midwife who looks after you in hospital and often you will end up having more than one shift change, so it can be daunting having all those different people coming and going so to have one face you know from start to finish is very reassuring. Even though they aren’t there in a medical capacity, (that’s the midwives and doctors job) it is nice to have a friendly presence with you all the time.
Met with us twice, once at our home to get to know each other and an opportunity to ask lots of questions. This was helpful for both of us, as this is our first baby so Nicky offered re-assurance and further ideas to prepare for labour.
Nicky joined us for a partners yoga evening in our preparations.
We ended up having a water birth in hospital as my waters broke before my contractions started.
Nicky joined us at the hospital and bought along some items we had forgotten as requested on our phone call to Nicky when I went into labour.
Nicky supported me directly whenever, my husband needed to leave the room. Nicky held my hand and encouraged my hypnobirthing breathing and supported me greatly during the contractions.
Nicky also got some snacks and drinks when needed throughout my labour and supported my husband during the process too.
Nicky stayed with us through the 3rd stage labour, and then stayed with my husband and our baby while I was in theatre having stitches afterwards which was great to know he wasn’t on his own with our newborn if he needed any help.
Nicky has a very kind and caring nature and I felt very comfortable and supported with Nicky’s presence. She had great empathy and encouragement during labour. She was a great support and I would recommend Nicky to others.