I am Hannah, mum of three, a York doula and I am passionate about encouraging women in confidence to have a peaceful gentle birth. I recently was awarded a ‘Making a Difference Award 2015″ by Healthwatch York. A big achievement in my career.
For everyone there will be a local doula with whom you have a warm rapport and this will be someone who believes you can birth in your chosen way. I may be this person so please make contact and we can arrange an informal chat. I have attended births at birth centres, hospitals and at home. A number of women have had VBAC’s and a few have had home water births after a previous caesarean (HWBAC).
I am to work specifically with trauma prior to giving birth through the means of debriefing and Reiki (Reiki I and II qualified). This will be an addition or separate to the normal doula work.
“A doula is my eyes is another experienced mother, with a skill of reflecting all expertise and wisdom back to the mother and awakening the confidence in her inner mother within.” Hannah Robertson on doulas in ‘The Mother Magazine’
“There is power that comes to women when they give birth. They don’t ask for it, it simply invades them. Accumulates like clouds on the horizon and passes through, carrying the child with it.” Sheryl Feldman
Doulas can inspire confidence, provide reliable continuity, emotional and practical support in most situations. For the most part I have been chosen by first time parents choosing home birth with the NHS, mothers who have previously experienced a traumatic birth,
mothers who have had caesareans and are planning VBAC. I work with you at your own pace to debrief previous experiences of which may impact on the birth and parenting of your new child. This involves giving you knowledge based on research so you are making informed decisions, and being there for you unconditionally. Doulas are not just for mums but they provide a great deal of support to partners and men who have needs of support as well.
“Birth is a rite of passage of women. Their journey should be honored, their rights should be fiercely protected, and their stories should be shared.” – Marcie Macari
“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers ~ strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.” – Barbara Katz Rothman