Postnatal (Recognised since July 2017)
Birth (Recognised since July 2019)
Lives in: Petersfield GU32
Local info and availability:
Hampshire, Surrey, West Sussex.
Antenatal education. Fourth trimester planning.
Hello I’m Rupa, I started my journey as a doula in 2016 when I completed my training at the BirthBliss Academy. It has proved to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. I now work as an experienced full time birth and postnatal doula based in Hampshire and I also cover Surrey and West Sussex. I have completed the Doula UK recognition programme and am a doula coach supporting newly trained doulas.
I have been privileged enough to support a diverse number of people on their birth and parenting journeys. To walk alongside them as they have experienced one of the most amazing transformations in life, has felt like an honor. To have the support of someone gentle, kind and non-judgemental who understands and listens to you, guiding you through this special but sometimes daunting time can make such a difference.
My role as a birth doula is to be your companion during your pregnancy, offering you evidence based information so that you are aware of all the choices and can make informed decisions that are right for you and your baby. I can offer you and your partner continual practical and emotional support and reassurance during labour and birth at home or in hospital, helping you to achieve a better outcome and a positive birth experience.
As a postnatal doula, my focus is on the mother and her overall wellbeing to nurture, allowing her time to rest and recover from birth, bond with her baby and gain confidence. If it’s necessary, I can help to signpost to other specialist support for both mother and or the baby, I’m the listening ear and the extra pair of hands with practical tasks such as laundry, shopping, preparing healthy snacks and meals for the family.
I recognize the impact a new addition can have on couples and older siblings and how the overall family dynamics can change. For the older child, this can result in a change or regressive behaviour, which can become overwhelming and challenging for the mother. My role is to remain completely non-judgmental, listen and talk through issues and feelings that may arise, such as the natural dilemma between new baby and sibling priorities where I can usually provide experience based reassurance and suggestions.
I can provide references, I’m fully insured, with an enhanced DBS and have completed a paediatric first aid course.
Please feel free to contact me if you’d like to have an informal chat about my services.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Some testimonials from previous clients:
–Words cannot express our everlasting gratitude for all your support during the home birth of our daughter and the fourth trimester. It was such a magical and healing experience for us as a family. We feel very lucky to have met you and have such a special person in our lives.
–When I went into labour on my due date, Rupa’s support as she entered the room was something I’ll never forget. How she immediately held me very firmly was a great reassurance, that feeling that she would be strong enough to speak for me and push for my preferences, even if I couldn’t. Postnatally, the support Rupa gave myself and my family was just incredible – I will never stop singing her praises! This was a really tough time and Rupa was so helpful from the second she arrived each day, her flexibility and adaptability to help with whatever we needed, whether it be taking Sylvie in the pushchair for a nap, prepping veggies, playing with our eldest child (3 years at the time), hanging laundry etc, all these things that gave me just a little bit more time to heal, bond with my baby, rest and recover both physically and mentally.
–From the first meeting with Rupa I knew she would be the calm, respectful, supportive and experienced birth doula I needed. I had a traumatic birth first time around and I knew I needed mental and emotional support during our second birth. Rupa was with us early in the morning for our planned gentle caesarean and from that moment forward I was relaxed and calm! Rupa worked well alongside the medical team before and after the operation. My son, husband and I were all so relaxed thanks to Rupa – A really highlight is her amazing massage! It’s very clear that Rupa cares deeply for her clients and their wishes, and has the life and doula experience to support whatever those wishes are.
–Rupa’s own experiences made her especially understanding about caring for a premature baby, in addition she is very calm, patient, kind and caring and therefore offers perfect support for a new mum which was ideal in my circumstances. She was happy to assist with my wishes but also able to offer her own knowledge and expertise to guide me which was invaluable.
–We feel that she deserves a sainthood; her patience with both adults and children alike is unfailing. We found Rupa to be competent, compassionate and incredibly flexible with our needs. She bonded well with our toddler which gave me the space to give attention to my newborn without feeling guilty about not spending as much time with my toddler as I had done prior to the baby’s arrival, and she was able to give me advice and reassurance regarding our newborn and toddler based on her experiences of parenting.
–Rupa has been indispensible! From the moment we met at our initial introduction, she has been kind, supportive and reliable. She has helped care for the twins, offering advice, guidance and much-needed reassurance in a way which has been totally respectful and non-intrusive. I am a very confident mother but in the deepest moments of sleep-deprivation and stress, she has been there to suggest possible solutions, remind me of things I may have forgotten in the newborn fog and also constantly tells me what a fantastic job I’m doing as a mama, which is so important.
–Rupa was very kind and listened to what we wanted before, during and after home-birth. She communicated well with the midwives and my partner which calmed me more. She made me feel I could get through the birth and that I was strong. Her words and support were powerful.”