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  • What is a doula?

    What is a Doula? A doula is a professional birthing companion who understands and knows about pregnancy and birth. They provide personalised emotional and practical support for the whole family during the pregnancy, birth and the first few weeks in a non-judgemental way. They are not there to take the place of the partner or…

  • My first year working as a doula

    My first  year as a doula Initial Training Before I started working as a doula, I signed to do training with Birth Bliss Academy. Kicki was an amazing teacher I was captivated by the whole experience. There was a mammoth amount of pre-course and post-course coursework which increased my knowledge and understanding vastly. I found…

  • Setting up Visionary Births

    The name I want to encourage women to think about and plan their births in an imaginative way using choice, information and evidence. I want women to feel prepared and approach birth with positivity not fear. I want women to go through birth feeling supported and empowered. I felt Visionary Births encompassed that message.  …

  • Why I became a doula

    Why I became a doula During the course of my pregnancy, I transferred my care from a hospital in Surrey to a hospital in London. That was when I became aware that there were different policies and procedures depending on where you live. I was very disappointed by the lack of continuity and support. It…

  • How much do doulas cost?

    How much do doulas cost? There are several elements that go into deciding what to charge as a doula. I’ll be discussing some of the things I took into consideration before deciding what to charge in 2019 marking one year since I did my doula training. I looked at my experience before and after becoming…

  • Tell me more about Freebirthing

    What is freebirthing? Freebirthing is when you intentionally give birth without a midwife or obstetrician present. This is different from when babies are born accidentally, before the birth professional arrives or before you reach the hospital. Is freebirthing Illegal in the UK? No – As long as you are in your right mind you have…

  • Dad’s Birth Story

    Dad’s Birth Story As a first-time father, the idea of attending my wife’s labour was rather intimidating, I always thought of myself as being rather fearless but in this case, I felt an unexplainable feeling of apprehension. Looking back at things, I think it was because we talked about the birthing process a lot and…

  • We went to Italy

    OCTOBER 2017 I really wanted to spend a lot of my maternity leave travelling. I had planned to breastfeed so when I ended up bottle feeding it put me off quite a lot because of all the bottles and sterilising. When my baby was 4 months old and her passport finally came I decided to…