Birth (Recognised since January 2023)
Lives in: Cheddar BS27
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Birth preparation. NICU support. Advocacy. Twins. Multiples. High risk pregnancy.
I am a mum of four including identical twins. I have had 3 (or 4 depending on how you look at it) very different births. I have had a very interventional and difficult birth with my first, a planned hospital birth with my twins where I felt very much in control and my last baby was born at home, without a medical professional in attendance.
I believe in your bodies ability to give birth but also understand that sometimes we might have to make decisions to have help in ways we might not have planned. I believe in your choice of where and how you want to give birth. All birth can be beautiful, vulnerable and empowering.
I have a deep respect for the work of Dr Gabor Mate who says “Safety is not the absence of fear but the presence of connection.” I fully believe that Connection between humans is vital and have seen how it helps in the birth space. I work with integrity and I know that with trust comes a responsibility to be there when needed. For this reason I don’t have a fixed way of working as each of my doula-client relationship is a rich tapestry all of its own. I do have lots of tools in my belt we can use to help you achieve the birth you want taking into account many variables.
I have been an advocate for many years in many capacities and I am comfortable advocating even in complex and difficult situations.
I had my first child, my son, when I was 22 and this was my first experience with a Doula. I met her quite late in my pregnancy by chance. This Doula imparted true wisdom with me around breast feeding that I peacefully allowed my son to instinctively initiate our successful breastfeeding journey that lasted 9 months
Thirteen years later I fell pregnant again and was blessed with identical twin girls who shared a placenta. What a roller-coaster twin pregnancy can be! My twins were born at 32 weeks and spent three weeks in NICU. It was especially hard to initiate breast feeding given the circumstances but I knew I could do it and I eventually after 10 days hard work my milk came in and this breast feeding journey lasted 4 years and through another pregnancy.
My last born was another girl, at home with only my partner and a friend present. I breast fed her for 2 and a half years.
These four births have been invaluable in understanding the very real need for medical intervention against no evidence to support the need for medical intervention. I have experienced physiological birth and I have seen it in working with others and it is truly amazing. I have also supported people through beautiful planned caesareans and emergency caesareans.
I have also unfortunately experienced 5 pregnancies that did not result in live births.
I strongly support autonomy in pregnancy and choice. Your pregnancy is your Journey and I am there to help you navigate in a way that feels safe and right for you.