Birth to me is an amazing moment in a womens life, every woman deserves to be treated like a goddess. She is after all birthing another human being so should be nurtured, respected and supported during this time. If every woman receives this kind of care no matter what path her birth takes she will have a positive and empowering experience.
I want to support women to have the birth they choose, to feel their informed choices are supported. I want her to feel relaxed, safe and happy and most importantly empowered to feel she can make the right choices herself to birth her baby calmly.
I can support you on your birth journey and transition into motherhood.
I trained with Nurturing Birth as a Doula the end of 2014 and became a mentored doula April 2015 and a Recognised Birth Doula in May 2017. A Mentored Doula has completed a Doula UK approved Preparation Course and is involved in Doula UK’s Recognition Process and is involved in Doula UK’s Recognition Process.
I have also been teaching KG Hypnobirthing since 2012 and can include this with my doula package.
My Doula name is Doula Mamaí, mamaí is Gaelic for mammy and pronounced “mah-may”
- Recognised Birth Doula
- Doula & Hypnobirthing
- Birth Rewind (For Birth Trauma)
- Indian Head Massage
- Relaxation with Sound
- Closing the Bones
For more details please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
I am registered on the Doula UK website http://doula.org.uk/
What is a Doula?
“A Doula \DOO-luh\ is an experienced woman who offers emotional and practical support to a woman (or couple) before, during and after childbirth.
A doula believes in “mothering the mother” – enabling a woman to have the most satisfying and empowered time that she can during pregnancy, birth and the early days as a new parent. This type of support also helps the whole family to relax, adapt to and enjoy the experience.
As birth becomes ever-more medicalised there is far less continuity of care. A doula is a valuable support during the antenatal period and through the birth itself, enabling parents to make informed choices about their care, signposting relevant research-based information and being a reassuring presence.
Postnatally, she is able to provide the support that women used to expect of their families and community in times gone by. She can give confidence as the new mother learns how to respond to her baby/babies’ needs, recovers from the birth and finds her feet.”
Taken from the Nurturing Birth website: Nurturing Birth Website
Considering hiring a Doula?
Questions to ask a Prospective Birth Doula, see link: http://doula.org.uk/content/questions-ask-prospective-birth-doula
Questions to ask a Prospective Post Natal Doula, see link:http://doula.org.uk/content/questions-ask-prospective-postnatal-doula
Feedback from Clients:
I can’t recommend Shirley highly enough! Shirley is naturally a very giving and kind person which in my opinion makes her a very good doula candidate. Also Shirley has had 3 children of her own with 3 different birth experiences. Shirley is very knowledgeable about birth, babies, breast feeding, NHS, hormones and emotional needs and so is a great source of information to any pregnant woman and new mum.
Shirley is such a caring person and totally non judgemental. I felt totally comfortable with her from beginning to end sharing such an intimate experience with her. She is also very very passionate about what she does and gives it 100%. Barbara Fiennes
“Shirley was present at the birth of my second daughter as we attended her hypnobirthing class. We were happy to have her there as had built up a good relationship and thought it was a bonus to have a doula. She spent time with us beforehand to work out how best to support us, and made it very clear she was happy to help in any way and we could tell her what to do if needed! During the labour and birth, Shirley was very helpful as she was able to support me (light touch massage and holding hands during surges) when needed so my husband could do other things (organise childcare, speak with midwives, fill pool etc..). This really helped me progress as I could focus on my labour knowing everything else was being covered. She also came up with a lots of helpful tips and ideas which were really useful at the time, especially when things were taking time to progress e.g. certain positions to try, spoonful of honey for energy, trying light touch massage at certain times, support with breathing techniques…. Overall it was a bonus to have Shirley present, she is very knowledgeable but also knows how best to use that to help the situation. She was always very thoughtful in how she interacted with us (before and during) and always felt helpful and not obtrusive in any way.” Joanna Diss.
I came to Shirley for one to one Hypnobirthing in order to gain a better understanding of how to approach giving birth in a more positive way. I’d done Hypnobirthing with my first pregnancy but didn’t feel the connection that I got with Shirley. Shirley took the time to speak to me before the course started and really understand where we were and what we needed. When I first met Shirley I immediately felt that I’d met a friend, she has a knack of making you feel at ease straight away even when talking about really quite personal things. Shirley had a tough time fitting round my crazy work schedule and having a toddler, I must have driven her insane moving the dates round but she remained super positive and flexible and so enthusiastic, she really couldn’t do enough! I ended up giving birth without pain relief, naturally which I believe is down to Shirley’s teaching and help! Laura Bond
One to one hypnobirthing classes with Shirley were really fantastic and personalised; we felt comfortable to ask questions which we might not have been so open in a group setting. Amy Drago
A massive thanks Shirley for the hypnobirthing refresher at your lovely home, we really valued the time we spent with you. It was such a relaxing afternoon and a great refresher following our previous positive experience of hypnobirthing. You really helped us to think about what is important to us about the upcoming birth and where to we want to focus our practice in the coming weeks. The resources you have provided have already been so useful. We feel very curious and excited about the journey ahead! Helen Glossop
It has been two years since the birth of my son and I am still benefiting from the hypnobirthing course Shirley has done with me and my partner.
We started a few months before the due date and I believe that was the time when a very special relationship has started between me and my son.
I always wandered, how was it possible to “communicate” with a baby in the womb. It was something surreal for me, until I started exploring journeys inwards. Until this day I am able to connect with my son the way we connected and communicated, when I was still pregnant with him.
Hypnobirthing course has also clarified some of my questions and worries about labour and what are my rights in medical institutions. It helped me understand what giving birth really is, what happens to my body and how I can work with it. Consequently I gained confidence and trust in myself, that I am able to give a natural birth without pain.
Whenever I feel shaken or off balance, the affirmations come to my mind and I regain my stability and assurance.
All that Shirley kindly tought me, shared with me. In such a short time, she gave me a gift for life.
The support I have received from her was on many levels.
She is ever so compassionate and understanding, able to make connection with what you are going through, having gone through the same herself. She is the ultimate friend, helping hand, someone you can talk to, who never judges, someone you can reach for help and she is there. That’s probably what all new mums want, need. Thank you so much Shirley. Anna Smidova
Shirley is my sister but before she taught me the concept of hypnobirthing I was terrified of labour. I didn’t even like to think about it. Shirley enlightened me on pregnancy, birthing and babies, and highlighted how natural the process is. By informing me on routine interventions and helping me to understand what is truly necessary, I began to trust my own innate wisdom opposed to feeling frightened, out of control, and at the hospital’s mercy. Shirley was able to deliver her knowledge, and signposted me to trusted research, but respected my opinions and wishes at the same time. My confidence in Shirley as a doula grew. (I realised she’s not just a bossy sister – she really knows her stuff!) and as the course and pregnancy developed… I was so empowered, I decided to have a home birth with my first baby! It was one of the most memorable beautiful experiences of my life and I’m forever grateful that Shirley was there with me through this journey – not just for me, but for my fiancé too. He benefitted profoundly from her support and reassurance. Shirley is extremely passionate in her work and an amazing teacher. Her perceptions are infectious rather than forced. Of course you’re going to think this is utterly bias. I suppose if you are lucky enough to have her as your doula, you’ll see for yourself �� Happy Birthing! Grainne Selfridge
I don’t know what I would’ve done without Shirley, the preparation and support she gave us before and after our first baby was born made such a difference to us. When it came to baby no.2, had I not been in a different country, I’d definitely have had her by my side! She was able to help us with our birth choices, help us explain those choices to the hospital and despite needing a caesarean, was able to help suggest natural ways of bonding with our new baby. Can’t recommend her enough! Paula Wilson
Contact Shirley for more details: email@example.com / 07970 202 473
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