Steph Phillips

Written By: Carol Burroughs

The situation surrounding my pregnancy was a bit different to most. I was caring for my mum who was terminally ill, my dad had passed away several years ago and my husband worked offshore. Being that this was my first baby I had no idea what to expect and felt seeking additional support was the right decision for me.

Two days before I was due to be induced we were told that mum only had a matter of days left. When I checked into the hospital I wasn’t sure if I would see her again. My induction took two days. My birth took six hours with just gas and no stitches. A few hours after my birth I was wheeled over to hospice so mum could meet her grandson.

We were fortunate enough to have the best part of two weeks with her which we would not have got had I not recovered from my birth so quickly. Carol played a large part in this and I will always be grateful for her care. Personally I believe the doula service should be made publicly available. The right support can make all the difference.

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