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Exploring your options and reaching out for support will give you more choice and power over the outcome of your birth.
All doulas are different and choosing the right doula for you is so important – it’s all about connection. I offer a free consultation where I welcome you to sit down with me, so we can chat and get to know each other and most importantly discuss what support may look like for you. You can then have some time to decide whether the doula-client connection felt right for you.
WHY HIRE A DOULA?
In the UK only 15% of women have the same midwife caring for them during labour as they do during antenatal sessions, yet continuity of care through pregnancy and birth can drastically improve your experience. A doula will provide you with emotional, physical and informational support throughout your journey to parenthood and advocate for you in the birth room, helping you to feel at ease and lowering your chances of intervention. Having the support of a doula is linked to many mental and physical benefits including:
Increasing your chances of a shorter labour
Lowering the risk of a cesarean birth by 39%
Lowering risk of instrumental birth
Reducing your need for pain relief and medication
Reducing chances of your birth being induced
Reducing the chances of postnatal depression
Increasing chances of successfully establishing breastfeeding
Doula’s offer a wealth of knowledge and will share with you evidence-based information to support you in making choices around your pregnancy, birth and fourth trimester.
My name is Sophia; mother, partner, daughter, sister and friend behind The Intuitive Doula. I live in East Bristol with my partner of 11 years and two beautifully, strong-willed daughters. I am fascinated by women’s cycles and the power of our hormones, especially during such a life altering event like childbirth.
My passion for pregnancy, birth and the fourth trimester began during my first pregnancy, when I completely absorbed myself in learning about and trusting in the birth process. I welcomed birth, I felt capable and empowered. I have had two very different births – my first labour took place in water at the hospital and my second was an unassisted home birth – both were equally intuitive and empowering. I strongly believe this is down to the preparation that I did during my pregnancy. I relished in the changes my body was going through, reading books and listening to podcasts that had a gentle approach to birth. I connected with others through forums and online groups, and nourished myself with ongoing prenatal yoga.
Hiring a postnatal doula for placenta remedies during the fourth trimester, after both of my daughters were born, sparked my interest in this role. I felt I could use my passion, knowledge and understanding to support other women to achieve the birth that they desire. I believe whole heartedly that women have an amazing gift of giving life and that they should be respected and emotionally supported through all the choices they make in this poignant time in their lives. I am filled with gratitude and contentment on reflections of both of my labours and I want to empower you, to rid you of any fear you are withholding (if any) and coach you through in the gentlest way possible, so you feel content with your experience and can confidently share your achievement of childbirth afterwards.
A positive birth looks different for everyone. It doesn’t necessarily mean natural and unmedicated, but stems from how you feel things went for you; that you had choice, that you were informed and that you were in control. I will share with you evidence-based information, help you fully prepare for the birth you desire and advocate for you when that time comes.
I completed my training with Nurturing Birth in 2020 and I feel so grateful to be a part of such a wonderful community. My goal is to arm you with the tools you need to make informed decisions about your pregnancy and birth, whether you are a first time parent or an experienced one.
Please take a look around to learn more about me and the services that I provide, and please do reach out with any queries you may have.
“You have such a desire to know everything you can so you can support and feel prepared to support no matter what comes up for you with a client. This, for me, shows such a sense of determination to be able to provide information and empower women in whatever capacity is needed. You have such an insane amount of passion and energy – two children and still raring to go is literally amazing to me. Any client will be so lucky to have you as they’ll have found an incredible resource and someone who will give them all the options they need to make the right choices for them.”
“A woman with a wealth of experience, very clear and concise when talking with the group or raising a question.”
“I’d feel lucky to have you as my doula, you are so genuine in your approach.”
(Kind words from my doula colleagues)