TESTIMONIALS

During our pregnancy, circumstances were challenging, as Andrew was studying at University overseas. Emma provided invaluable support in his absence, being available at any time both in person and on the phone/WhatsApp. Emma’s friendly, helpful and confident demeanour enables
her to provide first class support, and when Andrew returned shortly before the birth, he got on well with her straight away, like they had been friends for years.


Emma made herself available at the hospital on the day of our son’s birth after a short notice change to the date of the c-section. We both felt extremely comforted that she was there and can't really imagine doing it without her. The coffee/tea/sandwich runs were very helpful too! We had a couple of follow-up visits in the weeks after the birth and will be keeping in touch with Emma who has become a valued friend.


We would highly recommend Emma as a doula, for pregnancies in both ordinary and extraordinary circumstances. She is courteous and reads each situation individually, offering exactly the right amount of engagement and reassurance.

Andrew and Meg Hamilton, July 2019

Emma was nothing short of a godsend during my pregnancy, my labour and postnatally! We met her fairly late on into my pregnancy but after the first meeting we were sure we wanted her to support us during our planned home birth. She is so open, friendly, easy to chat to, non/judgemental - we immediately knew we would be comfortable having her around during such an intimate time. She made such an effort to get to know us personally in the time we had before the birth. She was keen to be very thorough about knowing my preferences and what we might decide if certain eventualities arose so that she could support and advocate for us properly should she need to.

 

She was also full of suggestions of things that might help me to relax during labour, things such as affirmations and a personal word to draw on for strength during labour, hypnobirthing and I’m not sure we ended up using it in the end but she was really keen to help with aromatherapy blends if wanted. She also made sure we got private time together as a new family immediately after the birth which I wouldn’t have considered myself but actually was really important and so glad she held that space for us.

She knew how much having a homebirth meant to us and she did everything she could to support us in achieving that and I honestly don’t think we would have done it without her - having someone to remind you what you want when things feel very intense and pressured and to encourage you to trust your instincts is so important. I’m pretty sure we would have transferred to hospital near the end of it wasn’t for this and I will feel forever grateful.

In addition my husband found that Emma took away an element of worry and concern for him - an extra pair of shoulders to take the weight. When he was flagging and was struggling to support me she encouraged him to take breaks and took over.

She is also so knowledgeable about breastfeeding and really helped me out when we were having some problems postnatally (despite being a midwife myself and knowing how it all works her eye and advice was still much needed and did the trick!).

I could go on and on! Emma was quite new to being a doula which could have been a worry but it made no difference, she couldn’t be more suited to it and I would recommend her to anyone!

Hollie and Jamie Bendell, December 2019

Emma clearly has a passion for her work with women, pregnancy, birth and breast feeding. I
consider myself incredibly lucky to have known Emma when I was expecting my second child and I wish I’d had her support for my first.

 

Her knowledge and ideas are imparted freely in a manner that is utterly friendly and welcome at a time when you need it most.
Emma made herself available for messages, chats and visits to guide me through the first few weeks of my son’s life and I know for a fact he would not have had the good start he had if it hadn’t been for her help.

 

I very much appreciated Emma’s instinctive ability to know when to give me close attention then let go to allow some bedding in time with the things I had learnt in a session.

Hazel Morrison, November 2019

Having Emma as my Doula was a really wonderful experience. This was my first pregnancy and my family live far away, so I really appreciated having someone there to support me who could be there every step of the way. Emma was very genuine in her interest in my wellbeing and clearly loves what she does. She is knowledgeable about the birthing process and listened carefully to what I wanted, supporting every decision I made and taking the time to help me make informed decisions when I was unsure. She was 100% on my side and made me feel confident about having a home birth (which unfortunately didn’t happen due to Covid-19/ breech baby).

 

Throughout the many complications and changes, Emma was there to support myself and my partner, with patience and kindness, and I always felt I could rely on her to act quickly and in my best interest. I know I will keep in contact with her and I would highly recommend her as a Doula to anyone considering it!

Poppy Paparuna, April 2020

Having Emma as my Doula was a really wonderful experience. This was my first pregnancy and my family live far away, so I really appreciated having someone there to support me who could be there every step of the way. Emma was very genuine in her interest in my wellbeing and clearly loves what she does. She is knowledgeable about the birthing process and listened carefully to what I wanted, supporting every decision I made and taking the time to help me make informed decisions when I was unsure. She was 100% on my side and made me feel confident about having a home birth (which unfortunately didn’t happen due to Covid-19/ breech baby).

 

Throughout the many complications and changes, Emma was there to support myself and my partner, with patience and kindness, and I always felt I could rely on her to act quickly and in my best interest. I know I will keep in contact with her and I would highly recommend her as a Doula to anyone considering it!

Poppy Paparuna, April 2020

We are so grateful for Emma. She supported us through the pregnancy on all
levels; with equipment, resources, information we wouldn’t have been
exposed to before and valuable guidance for the birth plan. For the birth, she
was with us body and soul the whole 35 hrs labour until the birth in theatre.
She showed amazing stamina and also provided home-made treats and
cosmetics! Emma was a committed, warm and valuable birth partner,
supporting us fully through the challenges which arose.

Sarah and Honza, August 2020

Emma is an incredible woman and exceptional doula. Her manner, style and approach cannot be faulted and my husband and I are so grateful we could have her as our doula at the birth of our child. Her knowledge about pregnancy birth and babies was a fantastic support in the lead up, during and after the birth. She is understanding and calm in all situations and this helped us to feel empowered in relation to our birth wishes and preferences.

 

We truly believe that without Emma’s support and presence we would not have had the birth we experienced and will forever be grateful for that. Thank you; Sarah, Tim and Freya x

Sarah and Tim, October 2020

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