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Amy & Jedda
If you have the opportunity to have Shellie by your side during pregnancy and birth – do it! We were so lucky to find her. When we talk about her now, 9 months on (and we do!), we refer back to her as Saint Shellie. I went from scared of a hospital birth, to excited for a homebirth. I felt prepared, relaxed & in complete trust of my body & its ability to deliver my baby. The way she talks about the physiology of birth & the capability of women instils immense confidence.
Juanita and Baby TJ
A beautiful cesarean birth with Bob Marley playing as he came earthside. "Shellie was a great help duing my pregnancy and was a reliable and beautifully supportive doula. I could call on her anytime day or night even for general advice. I can't let go of Shellie just like that, she's now a part of our family. Thanks again Shellie for your help."
Isla was born in a birth pool in her Grandmother's home, completely naturally, surrounded by her family and pets. To read the review from her Mummy about my care, look at the bottom of my home page
Baby Sebastian was born at home in a birth pool after a short, physiological labour with no interventions. Daddy caught him in the pool. It was an absolutely wonderful experience.
Baby Edward was born via planned cesarian at 32 weeks due to health complications for his Mummy. I supported the family through pregnancy, birth and following Edward's birth when he was in special care and after he came home healthy and happy despite his early appearance.
I like to have at least two pre-natal visits where we can get to know one another and I can learn your hopes, dreams and wishes for your pregnancy, birth and parenthood. I allow plenty of time for you to ask me questions, to explore your concerns or interests and for me to guide you towards information and help so that you can feel empowered to have a pregnancy and birth that you feel in control of and for any guidance you feel you need to embark upon your birth journey.
Post natal support
I offer post-natal support which can include feeding and practical support following having a child. I also feel it is important to have time and space to go over your birth if you feel that you would like to in a relaxed and safe environment.
I am happy to help with postpartum care. Be this feeding support, help with the practicalities of looking after a newborn, baby wearing or household chores, so that you can get some well deserved rest.
Supporting your babymoon
Spending time bonding with your baby is so important. A Doula can help to reassure you, comfort and support you in the early days, weeks and months of becoming a mother.
Alicia arrived through a cesarian birth. I supported the family during pregnancy, labour and postnatally. You can see her having a lovely relaxing Cranio-sacral treatment with me here.
Sam had a natural birth. His Mum was an absolute star in very challenging circumstances, ill with flu and a chest infection. She showed the amazing strength and determination women possess. It was an honour to help the family out in such a tough time, supporting them before, during and after Sam's birth with running the house, keeping life as normal as possible for his big brother and making sure the whole family got to meet lovely Sam at the hospital when they were all feeling a bit better.
''If a woman doesn't look like a goddess during birth then someone isn't treating her right.''
Ina May Gaskin (midwife)
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