Why did you become a doula?
that having a partner
who's not a member of
hospital staff,or the mother's circle, has a positive effect on the length of labour, interventions used, and how the birthing person feels about their experience
Why hire a doula?
All doulas are individual in their style, and the support they offer
This page is just to give you a basic insight into my practice, so you can decide if you want to reach out, and start the process of getting to know each other
I am an antenatal educator, a trained hypnobirthing instructor, an knowledgable friend and a dependable presence.
I offer both in person or remote support
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My job, whichever package you choose is to be your advocate, provide holistic non-judgemental support, and empower you make informed choices for you and your baby
Looking for information about hypnobirthing? Click here.
Why did you become a doula?
Much of the process was unconscious, I grew into it naturally through being drawn to learn and practise the skills doulas need, before I realised they had a name Historically women often became doulas in their communities, and as we lose that sense of local community, in a society that undervalues 'women's work' and mothering in general, I felt called to enter this new community of doulas, who seek to uplift women, and restore the value of gentle nurturing
What training do you have?
I was trained by Maddie McMahon, and graduated from her Developing Doulas course in Feb 2020. I qualified as a hypnobirthing practitioner that Nov training with Nicola Nelson. I was so lucky to be trained by such phenomenal experts in their fields! I'm a member of Doula UK. and am in my mentoring stage with them. My practise is covered by insurance from BGi.uk
When should I contact you?
Whenever you're ready. Just like you should be the one who decides when you tell your family and friends, or when you call your midwife for the first time, you also get to decide when you call me. However to ensure there's time for us to get the most out of the antenatal appointments, I would recommend around the start of your second trimester. However I try my best to be flexible in response to your needs
During Kennell's studies of maternal-infant bonding in the 1980s, he also noticed shorter labours when a female research assistant supported the women during delivery. The study "Effects of social support during parturition on maternal and infant morbidity" with Klaus, Steven Robertson, and Roberto Sosa demonstrated that trained labor companions, often known as doulas, reduces labor time, perinatal complications, and the need for medication and cesarean delivery
"If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it"
- DR JOHN h. KENNEL
DAISY DOULA BRISTOL