Client Testimonials



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...)

Inka

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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.

Kate

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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.

Claire

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"Navigating pregnancy requires support, even second time around, but especially after a traumatic first pregnancy & birth & then a pregnancy loss. Throw in a global pandemic & I found myself searching for that much needed antenatal support.

Step in Sally, who guided us through birth planning, active birthing, breastfeeding - & most importantly, empowered us to achieve a VBAC when the medical professionals convinced us this wasn't an option. Whilst we had no time to implement the active birthing techniques we'd learnt (a 4hr labour was a shock to us all) we did have the most amazing birth experience & result!

Without my Doula I would have felt I had no options, but with my doula I felt empowered, strong, confident & able to safely request the birth we always hoped for." 

Cat 

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"...Sally is a truly brilliant doula, full of wisdom, knowledge & kindness. As soon as I found out I was pregnant again, I knew I wanted to book Sally as my doula.

I met Sally when I was pregnant with my first baby in 2018 after getting advice on slings! After my first birth I knew I wanted a strong advocate & support for a planned homebirth & having seen Sally for breastfeeding support & sling consultations, I felt she would be perfect!

Sally was there for both me & my husband throughout my pregnancy. She visited me at home a number of times before the birth to help plan. Sally also arranged a Mother Blessing for me too, which was so special. She tailored it to how I'd like it to go & my friends & I had a wonderful day.

Towards the end of the last trimester, I was frequently texting Sally on WhatsApp & she was quick to reply with words of encouragement or something that would make me laugh. She lent me a birthing pool & various other bits of equipment which minimised what I needed to buy & prep for. Her Mama TENS machine was my very best friend on the day!!

Sally also did a Bump Cast for me at 36wks. It's not something I had thought of but I'm so happy I have it to look back on & remember my bump!

For the big day itself, Sally arrived quickly after I phoned her, armed with more things to help me throughout labour. She used a rebozo during contractions, which was comforting. She was a calming presence & ensured I had everything I needed. Not only that, but she intuitively knew how I was progressing & what I needed without me asking.

After a slightly heated phone call with maternity triage, she got me straight back in the zone with a relaxing shoulder massage with some of my favourite oils.

During transition she helped me to focus on my breathing & keeping my jaw & shoulders relaxed. Once we had Midwives, she ensured that my birth space was protected & no one was in the room that didn't need to be - having 6 medical professionals in the house in the end!

I needed stiches after birth & Sally stayed with me & held my hand. Afterwards she helped me to get clean & comfortable in my own bed & asked the midwife to do all the baby checks upstairs by the bed. She also helped ensure breastfeeding got off to a good start

In the postpartum period Sally checked on me remotely frequently & visited me twice at home, which was so lovely to to have the extra support & chat.

Sally went above & beyond throughout my pregnancy, birth & the weeks after. She is worth her weight in gold!

I had the birth I had hoped for & Sally was a big part of the reason it went so well. I can't thank her enough!..."

Jamie

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"...I can't recommend our Birth Doula, Sally enough- she is so knowledgeable & experienced.

I could not have achieved such a beautiful & positive homebirth without her & she will be the first to know when we are having another baby to ensure she can be our doula again. The only thing I would do differently is to book her for Postnatal Support as well as Birth!

Everyone should have a Sally - she helped my partner & I to make informed decisions & to feel empowered for our baby's birth. She also helped me with breastfeeding & slings.

Thank you so much for guiding us both into our new life as parents..." 

Shannon & Louis 


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