Every birth and baby born is a beautiful moment in time
Hi, my name is Erika, a birth and post natal Doula.
I believe that I can help you achieve the labour and birth that you want, whatever that may be. Your birth and labour experience will become a crucial part of your identity as a parent. I can help you and your partner achieve positive birth memories, that you can look back on with pleasure and enjoy for the rest of your lives. My personal mantra is that “our bodies are meant to do this”
I am a Mother of two wonderful children Rhys and Ava who made it possible for me to work as a Doula, as without them it is unlikely that I would have become a Doula. The other person that should be acknowledged, as well as my partner, is my second birth partner. She showed me a path that I would never have otherwise imagined possible, having her supporting me in an unfamiliar environment and experience, was key to how I later perceived my births. She also took away the need for me to worry about my partner and his needs. This allowed me to concentrate on my body’s needs and labour.
With the use of aromatherapy oils such as the classics Clary Sage, Jasmine and Lavender, I can help you achieve and maintain the different stages of labour. Of course your preferred oils will also be available if they compliment your labour. Alongside these oils we will work on keeping you active and upright as much as possible, after all gravity is your friend! Massage techniques will be offered and taught to partners that would like to learn and support you using these methods. They are simple to do and a great way for your partner to feel very much included and lets not forget its an extra pair of hands for me!
My aim is to help you achieve this inner peace during birth and to look back and acknowledge that yes you “did it” and you achieved the most empowering and amazing event in your life.
As the relationship between Doula and prospective parents is an intimate and trusting one, its important that we all feel comfortable with each other. As your Doula I will help you build confidence in your abilities and help you achieve the birth experience you would like. I will support your choices to help you achieve this. I am empathetic, a good listener and I will give you the time and reassurance you will need both physically and emotionally. My support will be delivered in a warm, sensitive and caring way, to help make your journey a positive and rewarding one.
After months of joyful bliss, baby showers, shopping, girlfriends, and uninterrupted nights, all that changes in a heartbeat. Many women experience sleep deprivation, loneliness, breastfeeding trouble, and fears concerning their partner going back to work.
I believe strongly that a woman who has postpartum support and is nourished physically, emotionally, and spiritually will be, in herself, a haven of nourishment to her baby, her other children, and to her husband. This is where I can help you as a Post Natal Doula.
I completed my Doula training with Paramana in London. Paramana is run by the well known Dr Michel Odent, a French surgeon, who pioneered the concept of home like birthing rooms and water births. He continues to publish books in the childbirth arena, to date he has published 13 books. He founded the Primal Health Research Centre in London, a brilliant source of clinical and scientific research on many childbirth subjects.
I have since and regularly attend workshops with highly recognised individuals in the childbirth arena to further improve myself and my knowledge in birth and birth photography. Please see my Doula UK page for up to date information http://doula.org.uk/content/erika-townend-doula-profile
I also run a monthly FREE Positive Birth Group, alongside my Facebook page – Positive Birthing.