Birth (Recognised since February 2022)
Lives in: Southsea PO4
Local info and availability:
Hampshire PO1 - PO22 & GU31/2, West Sussex areas surrounding Chichester
Antenatal Classes & Hypnobirthing in person group & private courses Lactation Support including preparation for feeding Baby carrying - slings & carriers Regular community support group meet-ups
Welcome to your world of pregnancy, birth and postpartum, where I, Sophy Yildirim (she/her), am here to support you as your trusted doula. Based in Portsmouth, travelling up to an hour and a half to you, I am your dedicated companion.
With a wealth of experience and a heart full of warmth, I proudly wear multiple hats – a doula, a hypnobirthing & birth prep educator, breastfeeding & lactation supporter, sling library & baby carrying consultant and community builder. My journey to becoming a doula began well over a decade ago when my passion for supporting parents ignited as a breastfeeding support charity volunteer in 2005. From there, I evolved to become a La Leche League Leader and founded Southsea Slings, a baby sling library before attending Leila Baker’s Side By Side Doula Preparation Course.
Trained by The Birth Uprising School of Hypnobirthing, I am delighted to be able to offer science & human rights based antenatal education in Portsmouth, South East Hampshire, and West Sussex.
Each step in my own journey, from my degrees in law and anthropology, has been driven by my belief in human rights. I want to ensure you’re able to harness your own power, to make choices that truly resonate with you. Driven by the desire to provide inclusive and comprehensive support I take steps to keep learning, I have attended workshops like The Queer Birth Club’s ‘LGBT+ Competency Workshop’ and ‘Black Breastfeeding Week – International Online Event.’ I enjoy ongoing study with Dr Rachel Reed’s Reclaiming Childbirth Collective.
“I believe that access to evidence-based information is a cornerstone of informed decision-making, creating a tapestry of positivity around birth, parenthood, and the postnatal period.”
Your Cheerleader & Coach
Embracing your unique needs, I have journeyed alongside clients in Portsmouth, Winchester, Chichester, Southampton, Petersfield, Arundel and the beautiful tapestry of places in between. As a doula, I am your unwavering cheerleader, aiding you in crafting your dream birth plan and postpartum sanctuary.
As you prepare to welcome your little one, or little ones, my antenatal and hypnobirthing classes stand ready in small groups or one-to-one in the comfort of your own home. They’re not just classes; they are designed to support your confidence and prepare you for the transformative journey ahead. Drawing from my extensive experience, I encourage you to step into your own power with evidence-based knowledge, helping you make informed choices that resonate with your inner compass.
As your doula, I am by your side, championing your dreams and holding space for your wishes. I have had the privilege of supporting diverse birthing experiences, from homebirths including Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (HVBAC’s & VBACs), and from elective caesarean to freebirths (a birth without any medical professionals). With me, you find an approachable, non-judgmental confidante who embraces all paths and honours your choices.
In the postnatal chapter, I offer a range of essential support – from a listening ear and companionship to practical assistance with infant feeding, baby carrying, and the whirlwind of daily tasks. Together, we navigate this tender period, celebrating small victories and guiding you with warmth and empathy.
I am thrilled to be part of your journey. Let’s connect and explore the incredible possibilities that lie ahead. Feel free to reach out, and let’s embark on this transformative adventure together. No one’s story is the same. Your story is your masterpiece in the making. Get in touch to see if I am the doula for you.