Lotus Doula – A Doula for Essex, Suffolk and Cambridge
‘You are a birth servant. Do good without show or fuss. If you must take the lead, lead so that the mother is helped, yet still free and in charge. When the baby is born, they will rightly say: ‘We did it ourselves!’ - from the Tao Te Ching
I might be making a big assumption here but seeing as you have visited a Doula website I am gonna take a stab and say Congratulations!!
Pregnancy and birth is a normal physiological event in your life just like eating is. Using the hospital/midwifery service is like choosing how to eat. What is this woman talking about I hear you ask.
You can choose if you go to a restaurant or to eat at home; you go in and you choose from the menu what you want to have; and you choose how much to eat etc; and you choose when to leave – the restaurant have no business to force you to go there; to force you to eat or to force upon you what you choose to eat; or force you to stay. The same goes for the hospital.
The services offered at the hospital are similar to a menu – they can offer what they recommend but it is ultimately up to you whether you have that or something else or nothing at all!! The menu contains everything from whether you have an appointment with a midwife or a consultant, whether you have a blood test or a scan, whether you have any drugs, whether you use a pool or a bed or both or neither, whether you are induced or not etc etc. you can pick and choose off that menu or decide to have nothing at all – It is Your Body, Your Pregnancy, Your Birth, Your Baby, Your Choice! – And I will support you whatever the choices are that you make!
The next big assumption is that you are thinking you want to make your birth and parenting experience as awesome as it can be! Well congratulations again as looking for a Doula is the very best start.
There are a lot of different ways a Doula can support you in the pursuit of the empowering birth and many different Doulas who can help you but the great thing is that it isn’t lucky dip – it is all up to you to look, explore, meet and talk and then you get to choose not only the person to support you but the support and services you want and you can pick and mix as much as you need!
So what can I give you – well first you will have my undivided attention, emotional, physical and informational support, and a total belief in your ability to birth how you want or need to.
My aim is to support you in finding information for individual decision making and to empower you in achieving a fulfilling birth experience whatever you choose.
What ever your choices from homebirth to hospital birth, from physiological vaginal birth to elective caesarean section a doula will be supportive of you. To ensure that you remain in control of your choices and have the support to plan the birth you want I will bring all of my experience of birthing for you to use!
Your transition to parenthood is an experience to look back on with joy and pride; I will provide antenatal, birth and/or postnatal support to ensure that it is all that and more.
I am writing a blog for Essex Baby – as Bare Foot Mama! pop over and have a read
To read a some testimonials for my services click here
I offer to you other services that may enhance your birth and parenting experience
Placenta Services including encapsulation, tinctures, essences and homeopathy
Wise Hippo Birthing Programme – Hypnobirthing taught as private one to one sessions
Antenatal Education taught as one to one sessions
When it comes to pregnancy, birth and parenthood we can all do with a bit of a helping hand from time to time, whether that is emotionally or practically. I offer a range of services that you can pick and mix with to help you and your family at this time.
Feel free to have look around this website – I hope you enjoy it – don’t hesitate to get in touch if you want any more information or if you have any questions – I am happy to negotiate things to suit you.