Pregnancy, birth and the early days of parenthood are supported emotionally as well as practically by a doula.
A doula believes in 'mothering the mother'.
As the majority of births these days take place in the hospital environment, birth can become medicalised which can result in less continuity of care. A doula can be of valuable support antenatally, during birth and postnatally.
Research has shown that having a doula present at birth can reduce the percentage in caesarean sections and the uptake of epidural anaesthesia and increase the rate of home births and breastfeeding.
(Despite my medical background I need to emphasise that I am not working as a health care professional but as your doula.)
Alexandra Risebury - 07814 512166
"We had a traumatic birth in 2013 and Alex helped us to talk through our daughter's birth and to process and better understand what had happened. She provided a safe space for my husband and I to talk about how the birth had affected us. Alex also provided very useful reading.
Alex kept myself and my husband calm in theatres and my husband found her particularly helpful.
Alex is a kind, warm, very personable lady who is confident and professional. I was particularly happy and grateful when we changed from VBAC to planned c-section. We felt 100% supported by Alex throughout. We always felt supported, never felt pressured or judged. She was wonderful."
“Dear Alex, Thank you so much for your amazing support and help. From all the wise advice before the birth, to your encouragement in the hospital. I cannot thank you enough for helping me to get through the birth and for your fantastic help, emotionally and practically, ever since. It has made the world of difference not just to me but to our whole family.”