If you anyone is considering a Doula, Claire is the best choice! We were planning a Home Birth for our first baby but we felt we needed extra support to not only be there for both my husband and I at home and minimise the chance of going to hospital but to also have a positive person to support and act as our advocate. From our firsr meeting with Claire we realised we had so much more than that. Claire was so friendly but more importantly she believed in the birth I wanted. She shared her invaluable advice with both my husband and I are answered any questions we had.
Both my husband and I felt so supported that we were so relaxed about our pregnancy and upcoming labour. Claire was always there at the end of the phone and soothed any anxieties I had immediately.
I had a long early labour but Claire kept in touch with me the whole time, as soon as i felt I needed extra support Claire was at my house. From the second she walked in I felt that everything was going to be ok, my contractions were increasing but Claire was by my side talking me through them when i needed it or just rubbing my back. Claire helped support my husband to know when to fill the birth pool but was always there for me too... it was like there was two of her!! As my labour really kicked in she held my hand whilst my husband held the other, without fail she was there for every contraction, reminding me to drink and breathe!! Sadly, I had to go to hospital at the last minute in quite an emergency but Claire stayed calm and was a pillar of strength to me when I was so upset that I wasn't getting my Home Birth. Again, Claire stayed by my side throughout the whole experience but never did i feel that she intruded on this special time for my husband and I.
I truly believe that Claire is the reason we had such a positive birth experience, both my husband and I look back at the birth with such happiness.