Marcela and Dimitris – Edinburgh
For the birth of our second baby, we decided to work with two doulas and Carolyn was one of them. Being a doula myself, I very much value the constant support that a doula can provide to a mother and her partner.
One of the reasons why we decided to work with her because even though we didn’t hire her in the capacity of midwife, nor did we expected her to provide us midwifery services, it was very reassuring to know that she actually graduated from midwifery before she decided to become a doula. This meant that she is familiar with the way the maternity services work within the NHS and that was very helpful for us.
Carolyn played such an important role in helping us prepare our birth plan and she went through our birth preferences with us over and over again and patiently helped us draft a few documents until we tailored the birth plan that was suitable for us. Her incredibly calm and peaceful manner was reassuring right from the start, she was always available to very promptly respond to any messages that we sent, or answer our phone calls and meet us in person if we needed to.
Any time I felt worried or anxious about any particular issue related to the pregnancy, she always found the right words to make me feel calm.
On the day of the birth, her non-intrusive but constant presence was crucial to our birth being the lovely home birth experience that it was. Carolyn worked beautifully with our other doula, with my husband and with our two midwives, being incredibly respectful and kind. After the birth, our midwives complemented both our doulas for their attention and kind manner. We are very grateful to Carolyn for everything she did and for the passion and dedication that she puts into her work as a doula and we are very happy to recommend her.
Gesine and Dan – Edinburgh
Carolyn was our birth doula with our second son. Our first son’s birth was traumatic, and Carolyn really listened to what I needed to support me during this labour and birth. It was so reassuring to have her advice before labour.
During labour, it made all the difference to have her present, not just to help me emotionally and practically but also for her inside knowledge of The System. Much of the few hours in hospital pre-birth were a blur, but I noticed Carolyn checked that staff had seen my anaesthetic management plan and were following it.
Having her extra pair of hands, her knowledge and compassion and her calm presence during pregnancy and labour really helped make my second son’s birth a positive experience, even though I had to have an emergency section in the end.
If I have another child around here I will certainly ask Carolyn to be our doula again.
Kalie and Mark – Edinburgh
I could not have gotten through my pregnancy so smoothly and stress free had it not been for the wonderfully supportive and knowledgable Carolyn! An amazing woman to have by my side, to call upon and ask all my random midnight questions and to be put at ease instantly!
Every woman should not only have a doula but every woman deserves a Carolyn!
Ashley and Steffan – West Lothian
I had the honour of having Carolyn as my Doula in November 2017. Although we knew it would be a planned C-section, we really did need the help and support of someone who really knew her stuff within the medical realms of pregnancy and birth, as we live abroad and we returned to the UK to have the baby quite late in the pregnancy. We were able to ‘hit the ground running’ in many ways because of her.
She has an amazing calming presence, she radiates positivity, and couldn’t have been kinder and more available to us. She always responded to questions quickly with thoroughly researched answers, and gave practical helpful advice. She was there for my appointments, she was waiting for us when we reached the hospital, stayed the whole day, looked after all of us not just our wee one, and taught us a lot. She also gave great post-natal support and was right about issues when the midwives missed them.
I would ask her to be my doula again in a heartbeat, and would thoroughly recommend her services to others. Most importantly she is now a good friend.
Sandra and Ian – Falkirk
We first met Carolyn when I was pregnant with my first child and was attending an antenatal appointment. She was a student midwife doing work placement in the clinic. She approached us after the appointment as she wished to use us in a case study she was doing for her qualification. Throughout this time we were struck by her professionalism and friendliness. Carolyn was always available to answer questions or elaborate on advice we were given during pregnancy. She was always on hand, and gave up her own time to ensure she was free to attend the birth of our son at short notice. She was both an asset and a comfort during the birth, helping put me at ease, and helped us a great deal in the days, weeks and months after, always available for a call or a visit. Carolyn has a wealth of specialist knowledge, and is able to convey this plainly, clearly and with great clarity. I would not hesitate to recommend Carolyn to anybody looking for a doula. As well as all the qualities mentioned above she truly does care about the happiness and wellbeing of the mother in her care.
I still to this day keep in touch with Carolyn, as I didn’t feel I could lose touch with someone who had such a big impact on my first pregnancy, a time when every woman is scared and vulnerable. Carolyn made me feel assured and relaxed. Because of her care, knowledge, reassurance and kindness, when the time came to give birth to my son, once Carolyn was in the room, all that was going through my mind was, “You’re doing great, you can do this!”.
Jenny and Chris – Grangemouth
Throughout my pregnancy I found Carolyn to be an amazing support. It was very reassuring to have someone I could ask questions and get support from. Sometimes I felt that a question wasn’t important enough to phone triage or my midwife, so having Carolyn there to listen to my queries and offer support and advice was so reassuring. I felt confident in asking anything without any pressure or the fear of asking a “silly” question.
As a first time mum, I had a lot of questions and having someone to talk through my concerns with helped me overcome any anxiety I had about the process. I would recommend Carolyn and Doula la to any mum, but especially a first time mum, as she offered truly outstanding support.
As a first time dad, I had numerous questions in regards to supporting my wife, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. Carolyn has been so reassuring and supportive, no question was too small or insignificant and she was always on hand to ensure I had the best advice. I honestly could not recommend Doula la enough.
Justine & Stephen
Choosing to have Carolyn as our Birth Doula was without a doubt the right decision! The instant we decided and had our first discussion I felt so much calmer about everything. I initially had a lot of anxiety about the prospect of birth, but knowing there was someone to answer all of my many questions and reassure me when I had worries was invaluable.
Talking to Carolyn helped both myself and my husband feel more confident and prepared for the birth. And when it turned out that an elective caesarean was the best option for our breech baby Carolyn was immensely supportive. Her knowledge and experience made a huge difference to how we felt. She helped by answering all of my questions about caesarean births and what to expect and helped me see that I could still create a birth plan I was happy with.
Having Carolyn there as a reassuring presence while we waited for the surgery was great. We felt fully prepared and excited to finally be meeting our baby, and we had a wonderful calm birth.