Testimonials

Birth preparation

‘Anna was absolutely fantastic support. During the home visits before-hand I got to ask her everything under the sun. It was like having an expert parent helping us the whole way, without telling us what to do but guiding us through it all with great knowledge.’ Adam

‘Anna was great in helping me feel prepared and confident about my choice for a home birth. She helped me draw up my birth plan and supported me through any correspondence with the hospital. She made sure we did a test run of the birth pool together, and did any trouble shooting well in advance of my due date.’ Rachel

‘Anna is warm, intelligent and knowledgeable about birth. She remained impartial when it came to my birth wishes, always allowing me to come to my own decisions about every aspect of my birth plan, and only gently offering advice if I asked for her opinion.’ Jo

‘We had two lovely sessions with Anna in our home. We enjoyed some wonderful meals together where we asked her questions from her experience as a doula.  Plus, she dealt with our neurotic rescue dog with grace!  She helped me to put together my birth plan and talked me through what each of the options were. For example, I didn’t know what a physiological third stage was.  She helped me with information about my pelvic girdle pain. I knew it was affecting me during pregnancy, but Anna actually gave me information on how it might affect labour as well. It was so soothing and helpful to have Anna know our wishes when it came to labour.’ Claire

Birth

‘Thank you so much for being such a rock of support during our rollercoaster of emotions – we genuinely don’t know how we would have got through the pregnancy or birth without you. And then to have had the amazing home birth which we wouldn’t have even considered before meeting you – well what an incredible experience. We will recommend you to anyone we know who is pregnant! Thank you so much.’ Niyati and Tom

‘Anna was an amazing Doula! She was with me every step of the way through my 36 hour labour. And her prenatal and postnatal support were phenomenal, especially when my birth didn’t go as planned. She’s kind, funny and made me feel supported, just as if I had a family member with me.’ Claire

‘Anna was wonderful to work with, at every stage. She helped my husband and I discuss and decide our birth preferences together, without any agenda of her own. Natural childbirth, water birth, epidural – whatever worked for us. And when my plan changed during labour she was very happy with that too! A real ally at every stage of the process, and our advocate in the hospital, Anna made the whole process as stress-free as possible. We were so happy we found her.’ Laura

‘When the action began, Anna was cool as a cucumber. I called her at every stage of the early labour when I felt I didn’t know what I was doing. When my wife’s water broke, Anna picked us up and helped get us in a taxi (not an easy task with someone in labour). Once at the hospital she was fantastic, helping with whatever I needed, helping me find the maternity ward, holding hands, massaging and being generally great. Anna made the whole experience easy, without any stress.’ Adam

‘Anna is absolutely wonderful. She is calm, empathetic and knowledgeable. She has a very quiet way about her but you know that she takes absolutely no prisoners and we felt sure that she’d be confident to diplomatically advocate for us with the hospital staff should we need it.’ Jo

Anna was very, supportive, empathetic and knowledgeable. She provided great advice and resources and was a great listener. Having her support us made me feel much more confident for the birth, and in turn more confident and relaxed in the first couple weeks after the birth too.’ Katy

‘Thank you so much for being so amazing throughout Anna. Was wonderful for both of us to share such a journey with you and to have your continuing support. I’ve come away with an incredibly positive sense of the whole experience.’ Rachel

‘Anna was invaluable during labour, both for me and my husband. She helped guide me through a particularly tricky period when the gas and air ran out! She provided massage when necessary and was able to take photos during the labour. It was great for my husband to have Anna for support, especially when things didn’t go to plan in the end! Both my husband and I felt completely at ease in Anna’s company from the get-go and I always felt comfortable contacting her to ask questions etc. To top it all off she has a great sense of humour which certainly helped us throughout!’ Rachel

‘When the baby started to come, we immediately called Anna.  She came over during early labour for some reassurance and then returned later when we headed to the hospital. I was feeling really stressed with the labour until Anna came.  Then, I visibly relaxed.  It was so nice to know that someone was there to care for me and my husband.  It was stressful for my husband to see me in pain, and she was able to reassure him as well as me.  He could leave and get food or take a break if he needed, knowing that Anna was with me…Looking back, the thing that I remember most is Anna getting help for me after the baby arrived… Anna was able to go get our midwife and advocate for us, she even got me tea and toast afterward.’ Claire

Postnatal

‘In the first few weeks after birth, it was fantastic to have Anna around us. She gave support in a practical manner. But most importantly, she gave fantastic emotional support. We were lucky to have such a skilled, compassionate person to help guide us with our firstborn.’ Abigail

‘After care was superb too. Her extensive network helped us with a lactation consultant, and she continued to be in touch to help support us with any questions or worries we had in the weeks afterwards.’ David

‘It’s so nice to have Anna in your home because she feels like she should be there. She doesn’t intrude, but subtlety makes your life easier. Anna held the baby after a long night of no sleep, allowing us to get refreshed and take a much-needed moment for ourselves. She’s empathetic and listened to me rehash my birth. I was able to talk about my regrets and things I would have done differently.  She gave me and my husband some much needed ‘me’ time to sleep and just get a few chores done.’ Claire

‘Anna was exactly what our family needed before and after our twins arrived. This gave me some much needed rest, being heavily pregnant with twins during the summer months. I loved having Anna to chat to about the upcoming birth, about my thoughts, hopes and fears. She has so much experience, I always felt calmed and positive after our chats. After the birth, Anna was there at home cooking delicious food, making me feel comfortable and busy making the house feel nice. We talked about the birth, which was so good to retell my story to someone who wanted to know the details. We debriefed about it slowly over the weeks she was with us.  Anna’s cooking was absolutely delicious, we always looked forward to the dinners she prepared for us. And as our apple tree was filled with apples at this time, she made us countless apple crumbles at my request!  During the weeks after the babies were born, I so looked forward to the days when Anna was coming over, I felt I could relax with my new babies, rest if I needed and have a good chat. I had a few complications and trips back to the hospital in the weeks after the birth which was a scary time for our family, but knowing Anna was able to come and help in the house and look after the babies was a great comfort to us. I can’t recommend Anna enough as a postnatal doula, I wish she could have stayed forever!’ Jess

Birth trauma

‘Anna has a lovely, approachable and caring nature, she takes her role and responsibility to help women (and their partner) through these special yet emotional times. She helped me work through the issues I had with my first labour. Using a technique called ‘3 Step Rewind’, it helped me to navigate through the issues, putting each one into perspective, which in turn helped me control my anxieties towards the birth of my second baby. I’m now looking forward to my labour and meeting my second child! Thank you, Anna.’ Sarah

‘I met Anna to share my birth story as part of a ‘walk and talk’. She was lovely, a very good listener and experienced in birth trauma. The fact that she is offering these sessions a no cost is wonderful. Making it accessible to anyone to talk about their birth experience. I highly recommend a walk and talk with Anna.’ Kathryn