I'm Helena, mum to three very individual children aged 17, 14 and 10. My first birth was in hospital with an epidural; my second at home in a birthing pool; and my third was also at home (but sadly without a pool due to discovering it was faulty!). I first heard the word doula in 2004, when I was pregnant with my second son and looking into my options.
This seed germinated in the back of my mind and slowly grew. I finally started looking into doula training in the summer of 2014, I found the Red Tent Doula Preparation programme and knew I had found my path in life.
Red Tent Doulas Logo by artist Amanda Stewart
I am passionate about - and committed to - providing holistic care and support to the women I work with and, where appropriate, their partners too. I support all types of birth and specialise in VBACs.
'Asking your husband to be your sole guide through labor is like asking him to lead the way on a climb of Mt Everest. He may be smart and trustworthy, you may love him, but in the Himalayas you’d both be a lot better off with a Sherpa!'
'Having Helena, our doula involved in our second birth, for a VBAC was brilliant. I was actually more nervous for things to go well as my first birth hadn't gone to plan. Helena was so supportive.
I felt she had our back when it came to my husband and I having the labour and outcome we wanted so that throughout the labour we could focus on each other and the baby.'
Alex and Lynda Shanks, Dundee
As a birth doula...
...I can hold your hand during your pregnancy, labour, birth and immediate postpartum period, giving you holistic care and support wherever and whenever you need me.
This can range from accompanying you to antenatal appointments, providing you with information to enable you to make informed choices regarding your birth options, assisting you in designing your birth map and so much more. Where appropriate I can debrief any previous births - this can help to heal any negative experiences to enable you to welcome your upcoming birth with joy and positivity.
Helena Hamilton, Albion Birthing Care
I will be on call for you from 38 weeks until your baby is born, 24 hours a day, giving you peace of mind that I am only a phone call away. Whether you are planning a homebirth or hospital birth I will be there for you; whether breastfeeding, bottle feeding or a mixture of the two, I will be there to support you.
"From the moment we welcomed Helena into our home we felt like we were welcoming an old friend. She was funny yet professional, calm yet full of good energy and just the right amount of quirky for us to know she belonged in our birthing team. We weren't wrong!
Not only did she listen, respect, encourage and support our needs to birth our baby the way we've envisioned (at home and unassisted.) She went far beyond supporting us in other ways - travelling across the city to deliver homemade warming tea, soup, and all sorts of little extras post birth. We were so grateful for her kindness and thoughtfulness during these times and she was also a big hit with our (then) 2 year old daughter Mila.
For the birth she was everything we needed. Jamie and I were doing everything we could to encourage and welcome our baby into the world in another l.o.n.g three day labour. Helena slotted in where she sensed a gap - helping with hands on techniques when Jamie was unavailable and offering reassuring and empowering words to help me through some difficult stages. I could sense, feel and hear her belief in me, which is just what every birthing mother needs!"
Hollie Adams-Hylands, Edinburgh