“We were very fortunate to have Helena step in as our doula during the last few weeks of my pregnancy. We enjoyed the pre-birth meetings with her and appreciated her thorough questions that helped us consider all aspects of the birth, as well as honest chat over cake. And she is so incredibly responsive.
We were hoping for a VBAC – we hadn’t expected it to be quite so long and dramatic at the end, but Helena gave us energy, practical help, and confidence in our decisions. It made it the best it could be and we achieved what we wanted. With Helena with us it seemed a wonderful experience."
Lindsey Sturdy, Edinburgh
Absolutely brilliant doula - I couldn't have managed the water VBAC without your amazing help and focus. My husband agreed you were absolutely indispensable. I can't recommend you more highly and am very grateful!
If you have the chance to have Helena as your doula, seize your opportunity - she is fantastic! She was amazing in the birth room. Just so focused and practical and proactive and creative. My husband says the same."
Sara Wasson, Edinburgh
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After the traumatic birth of my daughter and a complete loss of faith in midwifery care I was terrified of giving birth again. I realised I needed extra support this time.
Helena came with a glowing recommendation from another doula. I am so glad we were put in touch. From the initial meeting I felt we connected, I trusted her and knew she was the right doula for me. Helena is such a warm, reassuring, knowledgeable person and her positive, bubbly nature helped put me at ease....
My goal was to have someone at the birth not tied up with hospital bureaucracy. Someone who knew my history, wishes regards this birth and could advocate for me when I couldn't. I soon found out that doulas support with so much more than this and for Helena nothing was a bother. She encouraged me with my birth plan, to seek consistent midwifery care, discussed my fears and anxiety and provided information in the form of Aims books. All these things were essential in helping me process what happened previously so I could focus on the birth of my son.
Helena constantly reminded me no two births were the same allowing me to move on from the fear that my daughter's birth would be a blueprint for my son's. She reinforced the message that even if I didn't get the birth I hoped for the important thing is it would be calm and positive as I was now informed about various outcomes and my rights.
Every visit I was brought a little something for a mother to be like pregnancy tea and a journal to explore my feelings around birth. Everything was well thought out leaving me feeling cared for and nurtured.
The birth itself was fast and intense however it ended up being an incredibly positive, healing experience. I was able to focus on listening to my body knowing I had Helena as well as my partner Scott to help me. Helena helped me identify strength in myself and confidence. Birth became a very empowering experience.
I think having a doula can be the difference from an impersonal birthing experience where interventions are more likely to something special, where the birthing mother is put at the centre. That is certainly the difference between my first and second child's birth.
If you are considering a doula I would 100% recommend Helena. You will come out the other side feeling educated, cared for and empowered. Plus all the meetings are thoroughly enjoyable as Helena is an easy person to be around. She will definitely be missed.
Sara Wood, Giffnock
Sister Waters by Dorrie Joy
Helena was our doula during first (and so far only) pregnancy.
She gave us all we needed and then some. Encouragement, advise, focus, open mind, heart on hand, great ideas, practical tips, delicious treats for body and mind (in form of cakes, bath soaks, creams and helpful books on discussed subjects)...and so much more!
I felt empowered. My husband felt stronger and more prepared. We felt like a dream team. We had a beautiful labour. And support after birth was so important I won't even attempt to put it in words.
Have a doula people. It might change your entire experience all together. I know it changed mine. And yes, I know one brilliant doula that would be thrilled to be a part of your journey!
Aga Van Rooyen, Roslin