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I was a bit reticent about having a doula. I am quite a private person socially and wasn’t sure how a couple of antenatal visits before the birth would be enough to become comfortable with someone I had never met before. However, Kate is such a lovely, friendly person and extremely good at just listening and from that, understanding where you are coming from and what your needs are. Gently asking questions for more information and to help you think about what it is you really need.
Kate was invaluable at stepping in to liaise between me and my midwives during the final week before I gave birth. Unexpected, but it meant I could just relax and enjoy my final days of pregnancy and prepare for the upcoming birth. During the birth Kate held space for us helping to create a calm, loving, nurturing atmosphere. She stepped in to provide affirmations and gently guide me through an emotional struggle which was putting a halt to my labour, and because of this, breaking through my fears, I was able to achieve what I have been after for so many years, a birth all by myself without intervention and at home. Kate was calm and thoughtful afterwards helping me to achieve a natural third stage – even though it was a long time coming and was reached via a beautiful releasing meditation.
The couple of visits post-natally were also invaluable. To have someone come round and focus on me and allow me to talk about the birth and allow me to begin processing it meant so much – still does. All this means I am coming from this birth from a state of calmness, thoughtfulness and feeling that I still have my dignity in tact. Very different from my previous two births.
Kate became very much a member of the family, a best friend and a guide during the few weeks she worked with us, and will always hold a special place in our hearts as she helped us achieve what we wanted, a beautiful home birth all together as a family.