I am Sam.
I am a Postnatal doula working in the Godalming, Guildford and Farnham areas.
When a baby is born, a mother is too.
My work as a postnatal doula is to support a mother as she rests and bonds with her baby, holding a space for them to adjust so they can prioritise their own physical and emotional recovery. I am here to offer reassurance, a non judgmental ear and an encouraging voice for them, and all the family, as they adapt and grow.
A woman considering post natal doula support, is to proactively empower and support herself as she recuperates and reflects on the birth, whatever that might have looked like.
Every woman deserves a precious space to navigate the transition between life before and after their little human arrives earth side.
They deserve space to treasure all the special moments with love, confidence and trust.
''A good mum has bad days and great days, normal days and overwhelming days, and perfect days and trying days and supermum days and just being a mum days and a whole lot of love and real and crazy motherhood days'
All of the elements of the MummaBabySam logo are part of a woman’s transition to motherhood. Since working as a postnatal doula, I have recognised how important all these things are.
Many of us understand the symbolism of the butterfly, of growth and new beginnings, but there is also a power in the transformation they undergo, signifying rebirth, evolvement, hope and bravery. It is a testament to the magic and amazing things we can do and become after a time of rest and confinement in a safe space, and the beauty and majesty of what recuperation can create.
The triangle is a powerful and prominent shape in so many cultures. It has been known to represent the three elements that are so often used in cultural teachings such as;
mind body & spirit,
Mental, physical & emotional
Birth, growth & death
Past, present & future
Mother, father & child.
The base of the triangle represents a strong foundation, a launch into new challenges and as a mother of one, it has always been a poignant reminder for me, of the power of three.
The hand itself is a huge symbol of care, trust, love and support. Of companionship, friendship and community and these are all a vital part of my doula work.
A hand to hold and a hand to hold space for every mother.
I am a mother of one, a now tween age daughter, and having had experience of both pregnancy and birth alongside health complications, I have learnt a great deal about the importance and long term benefits of self care, rest, recovery, nutrition and holistic support.
I feel passionately about sharing and championing mothers and women, encouraging them to give themselves permission to stop and rest, in a safe, nurturing environment, while navigating the fourth trimester and investing in their present and future wellbeing.
Motherhood is demanding on every level and none of us are meant to do it alone. As a postnatal doula, it is my job to make a meaningful difference to a mothers postpartum period and beyond, to their rehabilitation and self confidence by offering reassurance, signposting to a wider community of postnatal professionals as and where required, and infusing this time with a sense of calm, self belief, comfort and care.
In amongst the following services, perhaps most importantly, I can offer a listening ear and another pair of hands!
- postnatal planning and postnatal preparation sessions,
- breastfeeding support,
- baby wearing support,
- postnatal massage
- an invaluable check in service extending as far into the first year as needed.
I provide a broad spectrum of support to help reassure and guide a mother and their family, during their fourth trimester and up to baby's first birthday.
You can read more details about the services I offer here.
Watch a past client talk about her postnatal doula experience with me;
I have a profile on Doula UK and I host and co facilitate a post natal support group, The Mother Space, in the Guildford, Godalming and Farnham areas of Surrey as part of a collaboration with Kinection Baby and Kids.
After training with Developing Doula back in 2018, I am now honoured to be an official companion to trainee postnatal doulas, who are just starting out on their own postnatal doula journeys. The doula network within the Surrey area is an incredibly supportive and special community which I feel very privileged to be a part of and as the Doula UK Guildford Rep, I recognise the importance of time for us to get together to chat and connect, so doula'ing the doula too!
If you have any questions or queries, please get in touch for a chat and contact me.
'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 and baby Max
- Elle and baby Max