One of the reasons I chose a doula was due to a bad birth experience with my first child, which ended up with an episiotomy and forceps. This time, with the help of Sarah, I had a natural birth. Sarah spent time talking through my previous birth experience and made me believe that I would be able to have a natural vaginal birth this time. Sarah also wanted to make sure that my wishes were met and put my needs first. She for instance made sure that I was taken to the Midwife led unit this time. I would recommend Sarah to anyone looking for a doula.
My first child was born prematurely and my partner, son and I were very much at the mercy of
the medical system for more than two months until we were discharged from hospital.
When I got pregnant with our second child I knew I wanted a natural birth with as little intervention as possible. I wanted an active home birth with the option of giving birth in water. My only concern was the lack of continuity of care from the NHS and the risk of being pushed into medical intervention.
I wanted someone there at birth – in addition to my partner – who had been with me on the journey and knew what I wanted. Someone who could hold my hand or be there to tell the midwives to mind their own business if necessary.
I got Sarah and that made all the difference. Thanks to Sarah I had the continuity of care I wanted and the confidence to go through with exactly the beautiful birth experience I had wished for. Now, I know that for some women the idea of a home birth without chemical pain relief sounds terrifying. Rest assured, you do not need to be a hippy to benefit from having a doula. A good doula, such as Sarah, can help you get the birth experience YOU wish for. She can support you and your partner, whether at home or in hospital. She can let you be completely in the moment and she will be a familiar face at birth.
I could not have been happier with the support Sarah offered my family and me when my daughter was born. I would recommend her to any family looking for a doula.”