If you are considering using my services, or hiring a doula, please read the testimonial below.
After a traumatic experience with my first labour which I didn’t feel went well I
was keen to have a more positive and less stressful experience the second time
round. As well as the physical recovery being a long one with my first birth
despite a normal delivery, I also found the emotional recovery hard. After much
discussion between ourselves as to whether we could just manage on our own and
whether a doula would be worth the money for us we decided to hire a doula for the
second birth. We were unsure to start with whether this was the right choice for
us, as having a baby is a very intimate experience and would having an additional
person in the room be of benefit or feel more like a hindrance? Would my partner
just be a spare part in the process and feel pushed out? After researching about
doulas and most importantly having spent some time getting to know Rachel we
decided to go ahead.
Rachel was fantastic and we think having a doula was a major reason the second
labour was a much more positive experience. I found I was able to cope much better
with the pain and Rachel had ideas of positions and things to try throughout the
labour and was a very calming and positive influence throughout the experience. My
husband found her very supportive and found we worked as a team throughout, no one
was pushed out and we both felt very at ease with Rachel.
I also had some ante natal hypnotherapy sessions with Rachel, which really helped me
deal with my anxieties about labour and helped me to relax during the pregnancy. I
was able to use the hypnotherapy techniques to relax in the evenings and focus on my
baby. I was also able to use some of the visualisation techniques from the
hypnotherapy sessions during my contractions which helped them to pass.
Looking back now, although we were unsure whether we wanted to spend the money on
having a doula, the benefit of having had a much more positive experience is
something which is priceless.The memory of childbirth is something which stays with
you as a major event in your life. I am pleased to say that the birth of my second
daughter was a positive experience. Having the emotional support and guidance pre,
during and post labour was invaluable to me and made a huge difference to how I
coped. Rachel was very understanding, supportive and non-judgemental and we can’t
recommend her highly enough.
Anna Maughan November 2013