Doula is a word with Greek origins meaning “a woman who serves”. Today, doula refers to a trained professional who will provide the emotional, physical and informational support before, during and after childbirth. Research shows that women need fewer medical interventions when they have a doula by their side.
We undertake ongoing CPD training to enhance our skills.
We are all members of Doula UK and abide by their code of conduct.
Anne works full time as a birth and postnatal doula. She has supported over 50 families birth their babies at home and in hospital. She is also very passionate about HypnoBirthing and informing families of their choices around birth and the postnatal period. She is a strong believer in empowering mothers to find their own, unique way to birth and bond with their babies.
Birth Doula, HynoBirthing Childbirth Educator, Postnatal Doula
I returned to Northern Ireland in 2015 after living overseas with my family for almost 30 years. I’ve always been drawn to babies and children, and totally intrigued with birth since being my sister’s birth partner many moons ago! My 3 children are all grown up now and I have plenty of time to devote to my passion – supporting families through pregnancy, birth and parenthood. I feel very passionate about empowering mothers to choose how they wish to birth their babies, to be listened to, respected and completely supported when they may be feeling vulnerable or overwhelmed; before, during and after birth.
I trained as a doula with Nurturing Birth in June 2015 and am now a recognised doula with Doula UK. I absolutely thrive on being a full time doula and have attended over 50 births in 4 years. I’ve supported families at home, in Midwife Led Units and Obstetric Units all over Northern Ireland. Whilst supporting a family as a birth doula, I was thrilled to witness a beautiful, calm, gentle hypnobirth in water. This experience led me to train as a HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator in 2017.
Sara is a recognised doula and member of Doula UK. She has been working as a doula since 2014 on a part-time basis, and has supported many families and types of births: home births, births in MLUs, caesareans VBACs, inductions, breech births, twins and triplets.
Birth Doula, Spinning Babies, 3 Step Rewind
I am a birth doula based in Coleraine, on the North Coast. Mum to two children and a scientist by training, both roles contribute to my work as a doula. As a mum I experienced pregnancy, labour, birthing and nursing my babies. On the other hand, my scientific mindset can really help in collecting and discussing information about birth and all things-birth that can help my clients make informed decisions about, during and after the birth of a baby.
I first came to know about doulas in 2007 when expecting my first child and I thought doulas could be a great support for parents. As an Italian living abroad, I always missed the support of an extended family around me and as a doula I hope to provide that kind of familiar and positive support one could get from close family. A woman's wishes, feelings and intuition are my priority. Some of my clients have specific health and personal circumstances and they believed in having a doula as an additional support person they were familiar with and comfortable around. I help my clients achieve what is best for them and their babies.
Additional stand-alone services that I provide are:
Spinning Babies techniques to support optimal baby's positioning and comfort to mum.
3 Step Rewind process to help overcome any trauma or distressing feeling related to previous experiences (birth but not only!).
Virtual doula (for those wanting personalised, one-to-one support to prepare for the birth but are too far away to do so in person).
Last-minute doula (if you really need a birth partner at the last moment!).
Areas covered include the Northern, Belfast and Western HSC Trusts (Altnagelvin, Causeway, Antrim, Mater, Royal Victoria, and Ulster hospitals; and home births).
Alison recently finished her training as a birth and postnatal doula. She is undergoing a mentoring programme through Doula UK to become a recognised Doula. Alison is passionate about providing practical and emotional support during the early part of parenting.
Alison has volunteered as a trained Breastfeeding Peer Supporter since February 2018.
Postnatal Doula, Birth Doula, Breastfeeding Support
Alison moved to Northern Ireland in 2004. She has 2 young boys; having had a hospital birth with her first and having a home birth with her second son.
I have lived in Northern Ireland since 2004, and had my eldest son in 2014 in a hospital birth. Having experienced the early days of parenthood without close family to support us, I am really passionate about providing care to families during that early period. It is such a special time, that deserves more recognition and support.
I trained as a doula with BirthBliss in February 2019 and am now a mentored doula with Doula UK.
I have volunteered as a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter since February 2018 and am also a volunteer with a local cat rescue fostering cats and kittens. I also enjoy spending time with my children and doing a range of crafts.