Birth (Recognised since August 2022)
Lives in: Stroud GL5
Local info and availability:
I am based In Stroud (GL5) and cover all of Gloucestershire (including Cheltenham, Gloucester & Cirencester) and most of Bristol, Bath and Wiltshire.
I can offer Antenatal, Birth & Postnatal Doula support, Nutritional Support in the postpartum period,Pregnancy Yoga, Yoga Nidra & Hypnobirthing Techniques,Parent Blessings,Children's Yoga and I also facilitate parent support circles. LGBTQ+ Inclusive Doula
Hi, I’m Oli a dedicated Birth Doula striving for parents across the globe to have the freedom and informed choice in how they birth outside of the system’s ‘norms’. Your Body, Your Baby, Your Choice!
I became a birth worker because I wanted to be able to empower parents to be supported in their choices and create a safe, sound and secure environment for physiological birth to take place. As a Birth Worker I am supportive, compassionate, honest, practical and holistic.
I believe that every person should be born into the world undisturbed, gently and with love and nurture. As a doula I believe I can facilitate this environment for my clients. I support homebirth and freebirth as I believe this is where physiological and undisturbed birth is statistically more likely to take place.
What I offer: I tailor make packages to each of my clients needs, upon request this can include yoga, relaxation & meditation, massage or anything they feel would be beneficial to them in pregnancy or the postnatal period. I will always include the following- Antenatal:
- 3 Antenatal meetings for relationship bonding and growth, empowering and supporting you with your decisions and holding a safe and non judgemental space to talk through your ideas.
- On-Call for two weeks before and two weeks after guess date
- 1:1 support throughout labour and birth
- 24-hour phone support through pregnancy
- Access to my library of resources
- A Postnatal session to debrief your birth and make sure you are all settled
A Little About How I Arrived Here: I originally trained as an Actress and Circus Performer in Bristol UK and found that all of my devised work tended to involve birth or Pregnancy in some context, it was just continuously on my mind and fascinated me from a very young age, I was birth Obsessed. I had always been involved in helping families, either nannying or teaching children and I loved their energy and approach to life. I am also a huge Yoga enthusiast and a strong believer in Self development work. I actually ended up finding Yoga to be a more grounding and wholesome profession and changed my direction entirely, wanting to help others prepare for parenthood (still keeping my love of movement). In 2018, I flew to India solo with my travellers backpack keen to learn. I completed my training from ‘Yoga Vidya Gurkul’ in November 2018 and from there YogiOli was born. I started regular Pregnancy yoga classes and through meeting and supporting so many of my clients with different issues that cropped up through their pregnancy, it became apparent that I was doing more than just teaching yoga I was DOULAING. What I love about my work today is seeing a person blossom into a parent. There is nothing more humbling and sacred than witnessing parenting with devotion; it is the highest form of bhakti yoga.
Bonnie ”Where to begin.. we are beyond grateful to have had Oli as our doula on our journey through pregnancy and birth with our first baby. From the minute I met Oli, I felt heard and held. She understood all my wishes and led me through my rights and choices, leaving me feeling empowered and informed. She helped us connect with one another and our babe and gave us tools to support one another throughout the journey. Every session with Oli left us feeling more prepared and more excited, not to mention more relaxed about everything. When it came to the birth, I knew Oli would help me to feel supported and safe – as soon as she entered our space my body relaxed and my labour ramped up. For the most part, she was there for the moral support and took a background seat – trusting my partner and I to tune into what we needed. When midwives entered my space Oli acted as a protector ensuring they knew what was most important to me in my moment, she continued to check in and advocate for me whenever needed which really helped me to pause and make intentional decisions. When my baby was born, my partner was in the birth pool with me and Oli had her head against mine sharing words of encouragement and pulling me onwards. It was such a special moment and I am so blessed to have shared it with Oli. I could not recommend her more for all things pregnancy and birth, I couldn’t have achieved the same positive, peaceful birth without Oli’s support and if I ever do it again, I will 1000% be leaning on Oli to guide us.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us trust our babe would enter this world how he needed to, and for empowering me to work with my body and tune into my womb wisdom.
Oli is the most incredible doula, friend and person!!!!”
Michelle: O my goodness where to begin?!? As soon as we had met Oli we knew she would be the one to join us on our birthing journey. I firmly believe that having this powerful, knowledgeable, caring and supportive doula present for my birthing experience enabled me to have the experience me and my partner dreamt of. I was lucky to be able to have one to one and group pregnancy yoga with Oli too. I loved these classes and learnt a lot about myself and my body and the journey that lay ahead. I highly recommend Yogi Oli 100% to anyone considering a doula.
Zoe: Oli is wise beyond her years. I was impressed from the start that such a young woman of her age held so much passion, interest and insight into birth and the journey into motherhood. She has great energy that puts you at ease straight away. After all, inviting someone to share your birth with you is incredibly personal and I feel Oli has the sensitivity and love to be an amazing Doula. I always felt she was on our side and listened and understood our direction and what we wanted from our pregnancy and birth journey. She is a fierce advocate for pregnant people and their right. You want someone like her in your corner.