“If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.”
– John H Kennell, MD
Linda is an Antenatal and Birth Doula having taught 300+ couples hypnobirthing techniques and supported 70+ couples through those intense, sometimes challenging, but truly wonderful moments during the births of their babies.
What is a Doula
The word Doula (pronounced ‘doola’) is derived from the Greek word for a “female slave, woman servant or caregiver”. In this modern age it refers to a woman who has been trained (not medically) to support a woman before, during and after childbirth both physically and emotionally. A doula’s aim is to ensure that a woman feels safe, calm and supported during her pregnancy, birth and her first days of motherhood. A doula has often been described as “mothering the mother” but she also supports the whole family throughout this time ensuring they feel relaxed, in control and can enjoy the whole experience.
Birth doulas are knowledgeable and experienced when it comes to childbirth, usually having given birth themselves, but not always. It needs to be made clear that a doula does not have a clinical role at the time of childbirth, although they are aware of the physiology of birth, this is left to the midwife and medical staff. A doula will support the mothers wishes no matter what path they wish their birthing to take.
Training & Professional Membership: Linda has been supporting at births since 2010 in an informal capacity supporting only her hypnobirthing clients if and when she was available. This soon became a passion and she decided to take formal training.
In 2014 Linda took a full doula training with Nurturing Birth.
Thirsty for more knowledge on how to support women in birth to the best of her ability, Linda took a further full doula training with Developing Doula’s in 2015.
You can find out more about Nurturing Birth and Developing Doula’s training by clicking the icons above which will take you to their websites.