I was 14 years old when I witnessed my first birth. My Mum laboured beautifully, enjoying the company of friends and family, from time to time taking herself off to pace the garden in peace & eventually giving birth on all fours in our living room to my baby brother.
I’m now a mother myself to three boys, each of who’s births were very different from the others. With my first son Taro I had a very positive experience in a lovely birth centre but it was after the birth of my 2nd son Lucas that I decided to become a doula.
With Lucas’ birth I had been fortunate enough to receive one-to-one midwifery care throughout my pregnancy, labour and birth and it opened my eyes to how much this continuity can really make a difference. I felt safe and secure knowing I was in the presence of women I knew, trusted and was comfortable to be around. Knowing so few women experienced this in the NHS I was inspired to offer the service myself.
With the birth of my 3rd son Milo I chose to have a doula (Jessie). After planning for a homebirth I ended up transferring into hospital during labour. Being in a less than ideal position his was the most intense of all my labours but no less special. I had a great team supporting me and with their love and patience I was able to birth him gently without any assistance- all 10lbs 5ozs of him.
If I decide to have any more children in the future I know their births will be just as unique.