What is a Post Natal Doula?
The definition of a doula; 'also known as a birth companion and post-birth supporter, is a nonmedical person who assists a woman before, during, and/or after childbirth, as well as her spouse and/or family, by providing physical assistance and emotional support' - Wikipiedia
Being a post natal doula means the world to me. I am passionate about not only supporting woman at this crucial stage of their lives, but also encouraging all women to take vital time to heal and recover, after any illness, trauma, or grief, as well as child birth. Having had experience of both pregnancy, birth and breast cancer, I have learnt a great deal about the importance of self care, rest, recovery, nutrition and the benefits of holistic support.
I have a mentored profile on Doula UK and I have recently completed courses on baby wearing, bone closing massage, the rewind technique and post natal mental health, among others. My clients need that little splash of extra support during their post partum period and by offering my services as Mummy's biggest cheer leader, she can navigate this transition between life without baby, to life with a baby, with reassurance and confidence.
I am writing a regular blog about this journey, about my thoughts, feelings, experiences and learnings. Doula's are a growing domestic army in the Western world, but in countries such as India, China, South America and the middle east, having a doula or multiple doula's through labour and post labour, is part of their culture. By training as a post natal doula, after experiencing child brith and post cancer recovery myself, I want to help make it part of ours.
I have an active profile on The Luna Hive and will soon be collaborating with Younique Post Natal to co host a post natal support group, The Mother Space, in the Guildford, Godalming and Farnham areas of Surrey.
Read on to find out more and if you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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'Sam is a natural born doula. She is kind, generous, thoughtful, wise and so easy to spend time with. As our postnatal doula Sam regularly turns up with a green smoothie, her signature energy balls (so yum), a thoughtfully chosen book and the most wonderful laugh. It’s impossible for her not to lift your spirits, even after the most sleep deprived night. She’s also a fabulous cook, highly professional, organized and proactive. I cannot recommend her highly enough. She is a true gem.'
- Elle Harrison
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