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.
1:1 Holistic Birth Preparation Sessions, Birth Support, Postpartum Preparation Workshops, Postnatal Support, Mothers Blessing Ceremonies, Virtual Support
Hi, I’m Sophia. I live in East Bristol with my partner & 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. I see my mothering and work intertwine as a way of normalising women’s bodies, our menstrual cycle, matrescence, birth and those hazy postpartum days for women and girls. I want my girls to grow up believing in their bodies innate wisdom, an important message when preparing for birth. In my work I am most passionate about women understanding the physiology of birth and taking hold of their birth rights.
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. Unfortunately, the system isn’t necessarily set up to support physiological birth, which I believe is every mother and baby’s birth right to achieve. By working with you through pregnancy; sharing evidence-based information, knowledge and experiences of supporting women and families in the birth room, I can support you in navigating the system and making informed decisions that feel right for you.
I will journey alongside you as you find that power inside of you, to rid you of any fear you are withholding, help you fully prepare for birth and advocate for you when that time comes.
My love of birth as a rite of passage began in my early twenties when I experienced birth in all its power. My first birth highlighting the enormous transformation we make as we journey from maiden to mother; enjoying magic moments, but navigating so much change. I take this forward in my doula work by focusing on mothering the mother in those early days and weeks. Holding space for you to offload, laugh, cry or just be, and provide warm nutritious foods to support your healing journey.
My second birth took place at home, unassisted. This was the biggest lesson in how we are perfectly designed to birth with little disturbance. I carry this experience into the birth space by becoming the guardian of your space; adding a protective layer to allow your birth to unfold without unnecessary interruptions.
Through my training in 2020 I debriefed my own experiences and spent a lot of time reflecting and growing. I continue to grow and learn with every family that I support, enabling me to offer a tailored approach to suit your needs, offering non-judgemental support and a listening ear. I am open and friendly, trustworthy and reliable. 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 connection 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
Supporting Families Through Pregnancy & Infant Loss – SANDS
What Clients Say
“There is absolutely no doubt that Sophia not only helped shape our birth experience into one that felt positive and supported but that she was completely instrumental in us having the home birth that we hoped for. We truly feel that we wouldn’t have been able to do it without her. She was such a calming and reassuring presence whilst being an unwavering advocate when needed. Highly, highly recommend.”
Ella, Birth Client
“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.”
– Emily, Birth Client
“I struggle to put into words how much gratitude I have for connecting with Sophia.
At a time when there was so much uncertainty, worry and doubt in my mind around what may happen with the world, my relationship, my birth she came along and literally confirmed everything I needed to hear in order to make my decisions with complete confidence and positivity.
We did birth prep where she was thorough and informative, she was present for my whole labour and birth she held such a beautiful space for me in my home and visited us postnally too.
She made me realise that what I wanted wasn’t crazy it was completely normal and how physiological birth can be. Sophia is so soft, gentle and caring I couldn’t of chosen anyone more perfect to help me. She put a lot of beautiful personal touches into my whole experience with her.”
Zoe, 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.”
– Amy, 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