Postnatal (Recognised since February 2022)
Birth (Recognised since January 2022)
Lives in: Bristol BS16
Local info and availability:
Bristol and surrounding areas - up to 1 hour drive.
Birth Preparation Sessions, Birth and Postnatal Support
Hi, I’m Sophia. I live in East Bristol with my partner of 12 years and two beautifully, strong-willed daughters. I am fascinated by women’s cycles and the power of our hormones, especially during such a life altering event like childbirth.
My passion for pregnancy, birth and the fourth trimester began during my own first pregnancy, when I completely absorbed myself in learning about, and trusting in, the birth process. I welcomed birth, I felt capable and empowered. I have had two very different births – my first labour took place in water at the hospital and my second was an unassisted home birth – both were equally intuitive and empowering. I strongly believe this is down to the exploration and preparation that I did.
I became a doula because I believe whole heartedly that women have an amazing gift of giving life and that we should be respected and emotionally supported through all the choices we make in this poignant time in our lives. I am filled with gratitude and contentment on reflections of both of my labours and I want to journey alongside you as you find that power inside you, to rid you of any fear you are withholding (if any) and coach you through in the gentlest way possible, so that you can feel content with your experience and confidently share your achievement of childbirth afterwards. A positive birth looks different for everyone. It doesn’t necessarily mean natural and unmedicated, but stems from how you feel things went for you; that you had choice, that you were informed and that you were in control. I will share with you evidence-based information, help you fully prepare for the birth you desire, support you in navigating the system and advocate for you when that time comes.
I trained with Nurturing Birth in April 2020. Being a new doula, I am fresh with knowledge and information that I am excited to share with you. I have recently debriefed my own experiences and spent a lot of time reflecting and growing. I am open and friendly, trustworthy and reliable. I offer a tailored approach to suit your needs, offering non-judgemental support and a listening ear. I will also work alongside your chosen birth partner so that, together, we become a strong birthing team.
As your doula, I trust your innate ability to birth your baby. I am here to support you and arm you with the tools to achieve the birth you desire. For more details on what my birth package includes and other services I provide or to book a FREE consultation call, please click here.
I hope to have the privilege of supporting you on your journey.
Training Courses & Qualifications
Doula Preparation Course – Nurturing Birth
Pelvic Health Workshop for Doulas – Silvia Charepe Dias
Doulaing From A Distance – Penny Simpkin
Postnatal Bodywork Workshop – Sophie Messenger
VBAC Workshop; The Wise Woman Way – Evony Lynch
What Clients Say
“Sophia was absolutely amazing, she instantly put me at ease. She has a great energy around her and my intuition clicked she was right for us. On our first interview in person, it felt like we had just met a long lost friend.
I cannot tell you how much her influence changed my outlook on birth and I went from being apprehensive to actually excited. She helped change our perspectives of birth, helped prepare for the physiological aspect, and the emotional aspects too.
She is spirited, kind, empathetic, understanding and so much more. I wouldn’t have chosen anyone else. She really did have OUR best interests at heart – not just mine.”
– ET, Birth Client
“From the moment Sophia walked through our front door I felt supported and able to relax. First-time parenthood during lockdown was overwhelming and isolating – throw in the newborn sleep deprivation and lack of self care, we were reaching breaking point. Sophia gave us the time and space to refill our own cups so that we could be the best parents possible to our son. Her loving & genuine demeanour instantly puts you at ease, and many times I felt like I was just talking to a friend. Our son always lit up when he saw Sophia, and we always knew the two of them had a wonderful time together.”
– TS, Postnatal Client
“Sophia is incredibly knowledgable and passionate about her work. She is easy to listen and talk to. She is kind and caring. She supported my wishes and decisions I made throughout my pregnancy but also guided me when I was unsure. She made everything so easy for me. I am very grateful.”
– JC, Birth Client
“Sophia was unrelentingly supportive of me and was able to find techniques quickly that helped me cope. She didn’t push anything on me, kept the right balance of being there and keeping a distance. She was confident and calm when helping me and I believe she played a big part in ensuring our birth unfolded as we wanted it to and as it did.”
– AB, Birth Client
Kind Words from my doula colleagues
“You have such a desire to know everything you can so you can support and feel prepared to support no matter what comes up for you with a client. This, for me, shows such a sense of determination to be able to provide information and empower women in whatever capacity is needed. You have such an insane amount of passion and energy – two children and still raring to go is literally amazing to me. Any client will be so lucky to have you as they’ll have found an incredible resource and someone who will give them all the options they need to make the right choices for them.”
“A woman with a wealth of experience, very clear and concise when talking with the group or raising a question.”
“I’d feel lucky to have you as my doula, you are so genuine in your approach.”