The first time I heard about doulas was a comment by my MIL,
"These days all these posh women in London need a doula to give birth.."
giving me the idea that a doula is not for an ordinary birth by an ordinary woman but a mere luxury only posh people indulge in.
Guess what? I didn't have a doula for my first birth - Which unfortunately didn't go to plan & resulted in an emergency cesarean under general anaesthetic & my baby being born all alone.
I didn't quite realise how much this experience had traumatised me until I was pregnant again.
All the books I read where advertising doulas & I started to entertain this thought... so maybe a doula? A friend, had a doula for her first birth which went brilliantly & recommended - Sally!
When I first met Sally, she straight away picked up on what kind of birth I wanted & pointed me towards the right people to help. I felt safe in her knowledge about birth in general & our local maternity care options in particular.
Sally helped us prepare our birth plans (this time I was prepared for all eventualities!) Luckily only Plan A was needed & my second birth was absolutely amazing - we just made it to the hospital, the midwives just managed to fill the pool & my baby was born in the water shortly after. Sally met us at the hospital in the early hours. She took the edge off by massaging & pouring water over my lower back through every contraction & freed my husband up for me to hold onto.
Sally helped to make my second birth a truly magical experience. I can't wait to do it all again! (Hope it's not too long...)
Thank you so much for everything you did for us as our doula.
I cannot put into words how incredibly blessed I feel to have had such a beautiful birth & undoubtedly your support made that happen! You have been wonderful as a listening ear to my wobbles & helping me reach informed decisions. I can never thank you enough for everything you have done. Any family who choses to work with you will be very lucky to have someone so dedicated & passionate -
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Sally's knowledge of all things pregnancy & birth was immensely useful to us - she has clearly grown a large network of resources & is able to signpost on if necessary.
Her empathy & gentle support have been invaluable in enabling us to feel empowered & make the right decisions for our family.
We thank her for helping us to achieve the birth we wanted.