Birth (Recognised since September 2015)
Lives in: London N7 0
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Pregnancy Yoga Teacher
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I am passionate about supporting people through their journey to parenthood. Birthing might be the most sacred and vulnerable time of your life but in the right circumstances it can be the most empowering one too. It’s an honour to be so close to families during this special period and I want to be there for them in whatever shape or form they need me to be – I have no set beliefs in the best way or place to give birth and will meet every pregnant person with an open mind. I believe that everyone deserves a birth that is their choice and on their terms, and where they are treated with respect and humanity regardless of their circumstances and background. As a doula, I am there to support and protect your wishes and choices, keep you informed, make you feel safe and shelter your space. My own two childbirths were intense and wonderful experiences and I had a lovely doula attending both of them. I was inspired by what a positive difference her presence made. So now I wish to help others to have their births the best experience possible, whatever it might be for them.
About me: I became a doula after having my own two children but I think deep down I have been a doula for most of my life. Coming from a journalistic background I have worked as a TV reporter and in PR and production agencies before but have never really enjoyed my time there and longed for something more profound, more helpful to mankind. Caring and supporting comes so naturally to me that it’s hard to call it a job. But I love it! However I am no mystical creature with super powers. I am an ordinary woman living a very regular life in North London with my husband and our kids Poppy and Jonas. I love exploring London, cooking and trying out new restaurants, yoga keeps me sane as do books, theatre, movies and gigs. I absolutely adore living in this city, even though I grew up very close to nature. Spending summers on my grandparents’ farm in the forest by the lake taught me a lot about tuning in with nature and myself. Closely following the cycles of change during different seasons has enabled me follow my own instincts, listen to myself and my body. I feel this is especially important when expecting a baby.
Other experience: I am a volunteer at Birth Companions – a charity organistion helping pregnant women in vulnerable circumstances. I strongly support the charity’s belief that “every woman has the right to give birth with dignity, in a supportive environment. We believe that no woman should have to approach labour feeling that she has no one to turn to for support during the birth of her baby”.
Here is what my clients say about me:
“Thank you so much for everything. I still can’t get over the whole experience and I’m so over the moon. Thank you for being part of the journey, it was exactly what I needed.”
Teboho, Rafal and baby Tau
“Vaida was fabulous. She was empathetic, knowledgable enough that I felt covered with the kind of birth I ended up having. She was intuitive or observant enough to recognise when she should sit back and stay unobtrusively in the background.
My husband was very happy and called Vaida a “champion”, his highest praise for a person! ”
Madeleine, Arno and baby Arend
“Vaida provided exactly the kind of support I needed. I had several ‘false
alarms’ and thought I’d be induced that day- Vaida was always reassuring
me that she’d be able to come and be there for me. I really appreciate her
flexibility. She was great during the birth, helping me with breathing and
being another affectionate person on site, making me feel safe. She even
cut the cord when my sister was too squeamish!!!” Helena, mum to baby Atticus. Born at Royal Free Hospital.
“Labour is not fun at the park and Vaida is just the person you need by your side! She will give you a hug when you need one and come you down or cheer if in distress. Knowledgeable and positive.” Tatiana
Currently training: Yoga Birth
Paramana Doula Course with Dr. Michel Odent and Liliana Lammers May, 2014
Access to Doula UK Course with Bridget Baker May, 2014
Breastfeeding Study Day with Indira Lopez-Bassols September 2014