Postnatal (Recognised since April 2011)
Birth (Recognised since November 2004)
Lives in: London W12
Local info and availability:
Holistic Sleep Consultant Certified Hypnobirthing Practitioner with the Wise Hippo Wise Hippo Birthing Programme Practitioner National Childbirth Trust antenatal teacher
One of my clients described my support at her birth as “like having my mum there – but without the emotional strings attached!” If that’s the sort of doula you want and you’re in the London area, then give me a call.
I’m offering a special birth doula package taking into account recent decisions by maternity units to restrict mothers to only one birth companion. My aim is to support my clients as fully as restrictions allow and to ensure they have the best experience possible. Please see my website for details.
In another life I was – still am, sometimes – a writer and journalist but over the years my passion for supporting women and couples through the birth and parenting journey just grew and grew. I’m forever updating my knowledge, taking courses and adding qualifications. In fact I’m a bit of a birth/parenting/child development science geek, constantly mugging up on articles and research.
My philosophy is to bring a positive attitude to the whole birth and parenting experience and to support the mother in making informed choices for herself; to listen to her wishes and do my utmost to see them carried out while bringing all my skills to the party.
I look forward to hearing from new clients all the time – with my broad skill set there is usually some way in which I can help you:
- One of the most established Hypnobirthing teachers in London. A film of one of my clients achieving a calm and peaceful home water birth after sessions with me is now shown all over the world. I recommend the wonderful Wise Hippo Birthing Programme which is comprehensive, robustly designed and fits with UK birthing settings.
- One half of The Baby Experience, a baby and child sleep consultancy focussed on ethical, evidence-based strategies for improving sleep for the new family.
- National Childbirth Trust antenatal teacher.
My aim as a postnatal doula is to support the mum in her first weeks of motherhood and enable her to grow in confidence. As well as helping with cooking and light housework duties I’m happy to talk and signpost issues such as sleep, feeding, bonding, baby cues, and coping with the stresses of the early days. I have a current DBS certificate.
My birth package: two relaxed meet-ups at your home antenatally; on-call from week 38 of your pregnancy until the birth; continuous support from first twinge to first post-birth snooze; then two postnatal visits.
I’ve supported women birthing in the following hospitals: Chelsea and Westminster, Queen Charlotte’s, St Mary’s Paddington, Kingston, Portland, University College Hospital and I have worked with all kinds of birth choices – waterbirth, home birth, inductions, medicalised and non medicalised options, caesarean birth.
Summer 2019 HOLISTIC SLEEP COACHING certification Level 5
May 2018 MILLPOND SLEEP CLINIC certification course completed
May 2014 BABYCALM certification course completed
January 2013 Relax, Stretch and Breathe certification with NATIONAL CHILDBIRTH TRUST
April 2012: Qualified Signature Antenatal Teacher with NATIONAL CHILDBIRTH TRUST
May 2009: Postnatal doula training with NURTURING BIRTH
2007: Certificate of Hypno-Psychotherapy, National College of Hypno-Psychotherapy
December 2004: Mongan Method HypnoBirthing certification
I continue to attend a wide range of study days every year and over the years I’ve learned from names such as Dr Michel Odent, Ina May Gaskin, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Dr Amy Brown.
Since 2004 I have supported over 50 women in childbirth and early parenting as a doula, and hundreds more as a hypnobirthing teacher and NCT antenatal teacher.
I cover the Greater London area for both birth and postnatal doula clients; I’m based in West London.
What my clients say:
We were so glad Sarah could be with us, despite baby F arriving 3 and a half weeks early. It made a huge difference – I’m sure I would have found the pain much harder to manage if she hadn’t been there. – HM
Her calm attitude was always a plus to help me feel relaxed, and well looked after – LD
At the moment that my partner and I were on the edge of panic, Sarah arrived, defused the situation and calmed me during birth – amazing support. Many thanks for being a wonderful doula – LB
We had detailed discussions about expectation during labour, pain relief methods, exercises and even packing the hospital bags. She provided comfort and guidance on breathing; she also massaged me and reassured my husband. She helped with the first breastfeed, assisted me when I bathed and fetched food (it was the middle of the night). She provided additional help with breastfeeding position and latching and went on a few errands! I am extremely happy that I decided to engage a birth doula. She provided invaluable support before and during labour and helped to turn my anxiety about birth into a memorable experience. I am very fortunate to have had someone with her experience by my side during labour and the birth of my baby. – NP, who asked me back for the birth of her second baby.
Having Sarah’s support before, during and after the birth of A was incredibly valuable. I felt confident that my wishes were being translated to the medical staff at the hospital and had a friendly, knowledgeable person to direct numerous questions to at all times. Thank you so much, Sarah. – KG, another repeat client!
Sarah convinced me I could do it without pain relief, which is what I wanted! Excellent…ensured a safe delivery of my child – priceless! – SD
Sarah provided reassurance and comfort when I was alarmed by the sound of another labouring mother’s distress. [She] acted as go-between with midwife, reporting on labour’s progress, constant monitoring at waterside during time in birthing pool – hugging, hand-holding, massage, verbal reassurance, encouragement and managing gas and air…I would highly recommend Sarah as a doula – her calm, confident, reassuring manner was a huge help. She took endless trouble to send information in the preparation for the birth – nothing was too much trouble, even lending us a kneeling chair so the baby would be in the optimum position. We will always be grateful and pleased we chose her – HB