Hi, I’m Carolyn and I provide doula support for women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth and in the postnatal period. I love cups of tea and a good blether – both of which I think are helpful in my job as a doula.
I love getting to know new people and what makes them tick. This definitely helps me do my job as I will find it easier to anticipate what you need and when, especially during labour and birth. I love being able to answer your questions. I always say that there are no silly questions – chances are that I will have asked a similar question myself! And, if I don’t know the answer, I will happily go off and find the information that you need.
My journey to becoming a doula started when I made the decision to return to education and start my training as a midwife. During my studies, I began to realise that my passion lies with supporting women through childbirth in a more holistic way. Being able to provide continuity during these life-changing times is something that I feel very passionate about.
I graduated with distinction with a Degree in Midwifery but chose not to pursue a career as a midwife. Instead I have taken a different path which allows me to provide the support and care that I believe every woman deserves. With my knowledge of midwifery, I can ensure you have access to all of the information and knowledge that you need. This will help you to make the decisions that are right for you, as you travel through your pregnancy journey.
My previous life
Before returning to education, I worked in various admin roles, as well as working as a fully qualified swimming teacher. I am hoping to work towards my aquanatal qualification to combine my skills as a swimming teacher with my love of supporting pregnancy and childbirth.
Why I chose to become a doula
During my time as a student midwife, I began noticing that most women were not aware of the choices available to them during their pregnancy journey. Guided by what they have seen in TV shows and films, most women expect to come in to hospital and follow instructions given to them by midwives and doctors to safely deliver their beautiful baby. We have a lot of amazing obstetricians and midwives providing maternity care in the UK, but they are not always best placed to make the decisions that are best for you and your baby. You are the person that knows your body and your baby better than anyone else, and so you have the right to decide on the care you receive. Click here to read my blog post about human rights in childbirth.
Empowerment in Birth
I love being able to offer women support and advice which enables them to feel empowered during pregnancy and birth. Check out my doula services page to find out how I can help you.