“I was really nervous about a VBAC birth. I wanted extra support and I got so much. I decided to choose April as I found her down to earth and laid back. I didn’t want anyone too bossy! April was fantastic, so helpful, and I felt like she was a friend. She was easy to talk to and I felt I could ask her anything. I would definitely recommend her. She made my birth experience so positive and I can look back on it as something amazing. I feel much more confident about labour now as I did it naturally, but I think I would like a doula again just for the way she made me feel. Any parent feeling anxious about any birth should have a doula. I’m so pleased I decided to have one.” -Rachel
“As a first time mum, birth was an unknown and daunting experience that was fast approaching. I desperately wanted it to be a pleasant experience both for myself and my husband. I had heard about the support a birth doula can give and found April through the Doula UK network. On first meeting with April, my husband and I were at ease by her friendly character and sensitive nature. During the antenatal period April helped us stay focused and positive providing us with literature, dvds, and delicious homemade snacks. During the birth, April’s emotional support was more powerful than any drug and she was pivotal in us achieving a natural, drug-free peaceful birth for our precious son. In the postnatal period April gave excellent advice on breast feeding and baby care, provided more homemade food and wrote up the birth story beautifully. April is kind, thoughtful and full of expert birthing advice. We cherish the time we spent with her and her contribution to the best day of our lives. We now feel empowered to take on the world. Thanks April!” –Amanda and Ross
“We hired April when I was about 4-5 months pregnant. We hit it off from the start and her support was invaluable. She helped prepare us for the birth, loaning us books and talking through the emotional and mental aspects as well. We went into the birth feeling calm and prepared, in large part thanks to her!
Unfortunately the natural birth we had hoped for was not to be. For medical reasons we ended up having an induction and then a C-section. April was there through it all, a major source of support for both me AND my husband and totally non-judgmental. She never told us what we ‘should do’, rather she supported every decision we made and her calming and reassuring manner helped us through a really trying time. When I was taken away post-op she stayed with my husband and we were both so relieved he did not have to wait alone. She stayed through the whole thing and only left when we were settled and safe with our baby.
I would recommend a doula to everyone, and especially recommend April. She meant so much to us during the whole process. I hired her as a postnatal doula too and it was important for me to be able to talk through what happened with someone who was there…she helped me see I can be proud of my birth experience rather than disappointed it didn’t go the way I originally planned.
happy and healthy,
Jane, Luke and Baby xx
I have a a very supportive husband but I cannot imagine my pregnancy, birth, and beyond without April’s wisdom, kindness and empowerment. What April doesn’t know about birth really isn’t worth knowing. From baking delicious energy flapjacks to relaxing foot massages to creating a very thoughtful birthing gift bag, April was a tremendous support. She is so loving, giving, and down to earth and I feel totally blessed that she was a part of the most special journey I will ever take!
When we first met April we were struck by her warmth and friendliness. She was very positive and upbeat and when we went over how we saw the labour and birth unfolding, she was extremely supportive of our plans for a home birth. On our second meeting April came baring a gift of home-made “Energy Bars“ which have since become a household favourite with us! She also brought a wealth of knowledge from her training as a Doula and her own personal experience as a mother. On the final meeting before the birth she brought me a fun birth preparation pack with some treats and ideas on how to encourage me through the labour. We wrote out some affirmations and visualisations which I put up around my flat and genuinely helped me mentally prepare for the arrival of our little one. When I ended up having to go in unexpectedly to Triage at 35 weeks, April very kindly and without hesitation, offered to come along and support us.
With false labour starting and stopping for 2 weeks before actual labour, I can honestly say that April kept me sane and focussed. I found this part of the pregnancy the most challenging and I really felt Aprils supportive presence was key in helping me through it. I always knew that she was at the other end of the phone if I needed her. She would send me supportive texts and emails and it meant so much to know she was there.
On the day of the birth she was ready and waiting to come whenever I felt the time had arrived. She came to our flat and was instantly in zone. She went about making the room more ambient and reassured me that all was very normal and when I was transferred to hospital she came and kindly brought our hospital bag and car seat so my husband didn´t have to worry about it. April was reassuring and supportive throughout the birth and really helped my husband and I with her encouragement and reassurance. She also took some beautiful photos after the birth and was so discreet that we had not realised she´d taken any! It was a wonderful surprise to receive them when we were home form hospital. They are photos we will truly treasure for the rest of our lives.
A week after the birth, April came for a final visit and had written a wonderful account of the birth. Such a special record to have of a truly momentous day. She brought more Energy Bars and a delicious home-made meal. We spoke about the birth and the life changes since. It was emotional saying goodbye to April and feeling this awesome connection to her as she had experienced the arrival of our first baby with us.
I can honestly say that whoever has her with them on their special journey to motherhood, will be guided with safe,loving hands.” -Siun