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Hypnobirthing | Health Coaching | Rebozo techniques for pregnancy, labour and postpartum | Nourishing and nutritionally appropriate snacks, broths and meals for pregnancy and postpartum
Hello! I’m Soraia.
I’m passionate about humans. I love discovering, studying and understanding how we function, how we express ourselves and how we are shaped by our experiences. I am a human rights advocate, a shameless foodie, a birth enthusiast and a fearless believer in the power of trusting our intuition. In health, in birth, in life.
Everyone deserves a Doula
I believe that you deserve a Doula, not that you need one. You already have everything you need within you. I trust in your innate ability to birth your baby, to make decisions for yourself and for your baby and to listen to your intuition. I am here to support you along the way and provide tools to help you get there. I can provide advocacy and create a safe and caring environment mainly for you as the mother, but also for everyone involved in welcoming the new family member.
I am available to support you in-person in Bristol and surroundings (and online) – it would be a privilege and honour to be part of your journey – get in touch to tell me more about your birth dreams, expectations and fears and together we can make sure you feel informed and confident making decisions about all stages of your maternity care.
My journey to become Doula
I could say that I’ve always felt the calling to be a Doula, or to care for other women. But that’s not how life unfolded for me. I wouldn’t even say I always knew I wanted to be a mother. I always knew I wanted to have children, but not really to be a mother. And I learned the hard way that those are two very different things.
My son was born on the first week of the first lockdown in 2020. After a healthy, steady – but very nauseating – pregnancy. I had no time to prepare, let alone empower, myself with what I would need to be able to give birth on my own. Surrounded by fear, coldness and anxiety. Feelings that I inevitably embodied all the way to my soul, where only joy and love were needed.
That experience has changed and shaped me in ways I could have never predicted. It forced me to experience a level of vulnerability, loneliness and emptiness that I didn’t think possible. But equally allowed me to discover strength, humanity, love and magic like never before.
I was as much traumatised as I was in absolute awe of what I was capable of doing. That bond, that partnership with my son had opened a layer of existence I wasn’t ready for. I had to reframe and rethink who I was as a woman to discover who I was as a mother. And that is an ever changing inside universe.
Becoming a mother while physically and emotionally unsupported showed me that being literally alone while giving birth is not the only way women feel lonely in childbirth. You can give birth surrounded by people and still feel on your own. And that says more about the way women might see themselves and the way we trust ourselves and our bodies than actually about childbirth.
I couldn’t see women – humans – in the same way. I felt viscerally pulled towards mysteries I had never questioned before. I started allowing the nurture that comes from being with other women, not pushing them away. I understood that my son and every other man must be part of this narrative I want to create, not excluded.
And finally, I had the moment. The aha moment – my calling, my purpose, my mission all in alignment. Birth and motherhood required from me a level of openness that was – is – not just physical. I am now ready to be that channel for others.
To offer that kind of devotion that makes you never feel alone. The eye contact, the strong heart and steady presence that makes you believe that you are capable of anything and everything.