Open the window and breathe in a breath of fresh air.
Relax… Feel invigorated, calm, secure and heard…….Infuse your mind and body…It’s going to be ok….You are not alone ….Someone understands and has been there before you…Someone who cares deeply…
Hi and welcome to freedom Births! I have a passion to bring value to Mothers before, during and after birth. I work with women as a birth and postpartum doula. *Women who seek a natural birth but don’t know how to achieve one. *Women who want to avoid feeling lost in the system. *Women who want to avoid feeling overwhelmed and exhausted postpartum.
I show you how to bring YOU to your birth…You are not a number or a nobody…This is YOUR birth and YOUR baby.
Having birthed eight children of my own (one induced birth, one water birth, one home birth and several natural hospital births), I have a passion to impart hope and skills – to dispel the fear around birth and to bring back a passion into birth. My births weren’t painless and yes I worked hard, but the joy of holding our newborn outweighed anything I went through. Support is key and I can empower you both so together you can face and do this together.
And once you’re home, you don’t want someone to come in and just take over after you’ve had your baby – maybe you just need a friend to come alongside, who’s happy to walk in and take you and your house as you are. No set agenda other than seeing what needs doing. Whether it’s folding, listening, holding, giving you space, cooking … whatever! No judgement, no need to tidy up before. Acceptance and friendship. Compassion and a knowing that I’ve been there before. Believe me I have!
Reaching out is your first step to receiving. All you have to do is ask. I’d love to help you.
Congratulations on your growing baby!
I am so glad that you are considering a Doula for your labour and birth. The continued support of a Doula can help you navigate information both during pregnancy and labour, advocate for you and your desired birth plan, and assist you and your partner with comfort measures and labour coping techniques.
You are so right about needing to be prepared and there are a lot of things we can do to practice before hand.
Birth is such a personal event. There is no ‘one size fits all’ and it is important to tailor a birth plan just for you. How we feel about our birth and the process is just as important as the physical decisions we are making at the time. It is good to feel empowered and know your options.
Birth Doulas are women who are trained to provide practical and emotional support to women and their families during labour and birth .
Postpartum Doulas support and address the needs of mothers and their families at home after the birth.
Many people are worried about birth and postpartum. This is why I created Birthing with Passion which is an inspiring antenatal programme. So everyone can feel well supported on their journey and enjoy a positive birth and peaceful postpartum.
My goal is to help educate women on their body, their options, and to empower women to find their voice. I want them to feel safe to trust their gut and their instincts. And to know that it’s okay to want more than just a healthy mum and baby — that wanting an awesome birth experience is a great goal too!
Feel Empowered, Prepared and Supported.
The word ‘doula’ is a Greek word meaning ‘woman servant or caregiver’. Someone who offers emotional and physical support to a woman and her partner before, during and after childbirth. She enables a woman and her partner to have the most satisfying birth experience possible, from pregnancy and into motherhood. This type of support allows the whole family to relax and enjoy the experience too.
Studies consistently demonstrate very impressive benefits for the mother, father and baby, including:
Higher self-esteem, less anxiety and less depression at 6 weeks post-partum
A doula does not replace a midwife or perform any medical tasks, but complements and works with medical staff.
I hired a TENS unit for the birth of my little boy and would definitely recommend it. I used it in early labour once contractions became uncomfortable right up until i got to the hospital where I was 7cm.
It definitely helped me get through that early labour stage so that I didn't spend my energy worrying about early contractions and then I was in the right mindset for the harder stuff!
- Shanice Sahin
After experiencing a traumatic birth with my second child, I was full of anxiety about giving birth to my third baby. Carol from Freedom Births was amazing at calming my fears and helping install excitement back in me.
Carol's 'Birthing with Passion' class was highly informative, from learning about the roles hormones play in our body through role play to fantastic tips and tricks that help make the birthing process more enjoyable.
Carol has a beautiful, calming manner and is extremely knowledgeable in all she does.
I thoroughly recommend Carol's services to all pregnant women and their birthing partners.
- Dianna Smith
Carol provided great support after I had my second child, Rosie. She would come in and help with Rosie when I was busy with Garth or vice versa, help with housework and would leave us with a meal cooked for dinner. More importantly Carol makes a great cup of tea and is a fantastic person to talk with and have a laugh with. She is understanding, non judgemental and very caring. Every time after Carol had been to visit I felt so much more in control and better within myself. Carol was flexible, punctual and also made herself available to help when I needed it with little notice.
My only regret is that I never knew about Carols services when I had my first born. I would 100% recommend her to anyone about to have a baby, be it their 1st, 2nd, 3rd or more.
Thank you so much for all your help Carol, I’ll be sure to let you know if I need your help again!
- Tracey Dickson