Yolande was such an incredible support through the birth of our son, before during and after. I felt a great connection with her and she helped me to remain relaxed and positive before the labour telling me that everything was going to be totally fine and was not a big deal, also teaching both my husband and I techniques to help get through the labour and the homebirth I desired.

Soon after I went into labour and the contractions became stronger Yolande arrived and helped me through each and every one by pushing her hands into my lower back. I tried to get my husband to do the same but he just wouldn’t do! ! I needed Yolande! The baby was facing backwards so she worked with me to turn him over the next few hours. Her sense of calm and constant support was so comforting and amazing. A while later the midwife arrived and Yolande worked together with her and my husband to deliver the baby in the birthing pool. Right to the end she had to lean right over into the pool to press into my back. Luckily she is a yoga teacher so very strong and flexible and really knew how to help my contraction pain. I feel Yolande helped to create a calm space and guided me gently through the experience ultimately helping me have a beautiful and ecstatic homebirth.

The aftercare was really special with the pelvis closing ceremony and a lot of emotional support. We really felt Yolande was part of the family and very blessed to have her being a big part of bringing our beautiful son into the world.

- Camille, Photographer

Dearest Yolande

I was so focused on managing to carry and birth a healthy baby, i never considered how transformational birth itself could be. But this would not have been mine or G's experience had it not been for you. I feel so luck to have met you and blessed to have had you supporting, guiding, nurturing and laughing (!) with both G and I in the lead up to E's birth but particularly the birth it self.

I will never forget my birth experience and you are such an important part of that memory. I had the birth I hoped for, actually it exceeded my expectations and I realise how few women can say that. Most importantly, I believe it means E arrived in the gentlest way possible earth side.

Thank you so much for everything.

- Sarah-Jane

Doula - what can I say?! It was an amazing experience to have you as my Doula Yolande!

I felt you had my back way before the birth which gave me a sense of security about the birthing experience. I found the reading you recommended (Ina May) both helpful and eye opening and it informed my approach & prep for the birth a great deal. Knowing we had you meant J and I felt much more relaxed about the birth, particularly with it taking pressure off J to know what to do at each stage.

During the birth I felt so supported by you and safer - less exposed to hospital procedure to an extent. And I felt like I had a team there supporting me - partner on one side and you on the other :)

Post birth I found difficult emotionally as you know with the dynamic with partner changing, with my fears around bonding with Laila and the difficulty this created between J & I, plus post birth recovery and infection. Through all this I felt you had my back, and as out of control as I felt emotionally, I felt your constant support and non judgment. In a lonely situation I felt I wasn’t alone and had someone who was taking me seriously with compassion and understanding, so thank you so much. Even now as Laila is approaching 4 months old I still feel I can ask you questions and just knowing you are out there gives me sense of on- going support :)

- Louise, Producer

Dear Yolande,

Your support was really important for my birth process, just a way of feeling you were there to guard me if anything happened. That allowed me to loose control and connect myself with Sara and the birth, and to enter into that magical and animal state. When I think of my birth I really feel I was lucky that I had that network of support. I also liked that you were there but in a discreet way, offering support in a kind and friendly way, just being there encouraging P's support to me and being very respectful of that magical and intimate moment.

The antenatal meetings were certainly important too, as a way of knowing each other and building a sense of trust and collaboration between you, P and me. I liked your approach of respecting every woman’s choice of birth and not being fundamentalist about natural birth (as many doulas!), that allowed me to feel even more relaxed and connected to my intuition. The handouts, explantions of birth processes, homeopathy plus your relaxed and reassuring approach was crucial for us being relaxed and connected with Sara and her birth.

I also appreciated the homeopathy during and after birth, but especially that you were able to do the placenta smoothie. Before you telling me you could do it, I was planning on paying someone to do it so it was great you knew about this and provided that service too!

After this birth experience I understood the importance of having a doula and a birth guardian, and for my next birth I will definitely have one (if it is in London we will call you of course!!). Please value your job and role as a doula, I think yours is a wonderful and crucial contribution to motherhood, of just ensuring that woman have a nurtured, magical and nice way of starting being mothers. I hope someday all women will have the same support I had. Thank you for being there in the way you did, Sara, P and me feel really grateful for you!!

- Clarissa, Teacher

Hi Yolande

I'm sure you now that I loved having you as a doula and have really
enjoyed getting to know you better since too.

I found your pregnancy yoga classes a highlight of my week when I was
pregnant. I was an emotional mess at the time and they really helped
ground me and forget about everything else that was going on.

At my birth, you were supportive and wonderful to be around. You were
the friend to chat to as I internet shopped and felt the surges.
Through to someone I knew I could reach a steady hand for when it
became very intense.

You created the clear boundaries I wanted with the midwives, on the
phone and when they arrived.

You supported me well in the post-partum phase, with remedies and a
listening ear.

Thank you so much!

- Katy, doula

 

Hi Yolande

My birth was probably one of the most beautiful experiences I've ever been through, and it is to certain extent because of the great vibe created by Yolande.

From the moment I saw Yolande I felt like she would be the right person to support me and my partner in this adventure of giving birth. 

She is one of the rare kind of people, who can somehow be lighthearted and optimistic, and extremely knowledgable at the same time, without trying to show off her amazing professional qualities. She is also very kindhearted and helpful in a very gentle way, always ready to give you an advice without being intrusive. We only managed to meet for one session before the labour, as I gave birth slightly earlier than expected. So most of her involvement was covering the actual birth and also a little bit of postnatal period.  

During the labour Yolande was really helpful with homeopathic medicine, massage, and just a hug - she acted so much more than a doula, rather like a very good friend, and I felt much more confident in her presence. This warm friendly attitude stretched by far over two postnatal weeks - I had a few tricky moments during that time, and I was impressed that Yolande just came to support me without actually being required to do so. 

Me and my partner are very glad we met Yolande, she wasn't just doing her job - we really felt she cares. Too many good things to say about her - as a doula she is highly highly recommended. 

Olga 

Dear Yolande

I really felt like you were a huge help to us (so did Joe) and I would highly recommend you to anyone.  The pre-chats were super useful especially for Joe in terms of making him feel prepped for the birth and like he would have someone else there who had his back and had seen it all before - not phased.  I really liked that knowledgeable, seen it all before nature you have. Very calming and reassuring. I know Joe was so so glad you turned up as he was absolutely struggling with the pain I was in and what to do, and when you arrived it was like a stress relief and allowed him to go and get some air, and have someone on our side to help calm him and me down.. he would say you were invaluable. I was so happy and it was lovely having your there, a calming presence - I remember you putting cold cloth on my face and giving me water etc, which was really perfect at the time.  

It was super helpful having you making suggestions to the people on duty making sensible suggestions about how to support me through an intense labour.

After the birth it was really good to see you the next day  and felt very reassuring to talk through everything, plus the smoothie delivery was a positive ritual for us both that we will always remember. 

Laura, Joe and Theo

Hi Lovely,

I only have great things to say. From start to finish you were a ray of light and calm and I will forever be grateful to you for saving our birth from being a scary nightmare. Having you there pushing back allowed me to enjoy at least the first half of our time in hospital. Loved the homeopathic touches afterwards, the body scrubs and the wrapping and little visits for emotional support after. You being there during the birth helped to keep Miles calm and gave us the confidence and challenge nurses and Drs and make sure we knew what was happening and we got what we needed out of every conversation. 

Chantal, Miles and Freddie

Dear Yolande,

Where do I begin! From the moment you came to our home to speak with us about the possibility of being our Doula we knew we didn't want anyone else. For us it was a lot of money but felt the support we sensed you were going to give us was priceless.

In that first hour meeting, you gave Harry & I so much information about our birth options & set Harry completely at ease. He wasn't sure he wanted a Doula until he met you!

After 2 really information prenatal sessions we felt ready to birth our baby in the gentlest way possible. We'd learnt active birth positions, talked about the different birth outcomes & even decided to have my placenta encapsulated.

What really struck us about Yolande was she was really knowledgable but without any bias, she was to the the point but very kind & just the nicest person with a brilliant knack of using humor when it was needed.

We couldn't have wanted her to do more for the actual birth. She arrived an hour after my contractions became regular & supported me through those early stages, holding my hand, coaching me gently, constantly pressing my hips & back to ease the sensations.

She suggested changes of positions, and even a to move to the bath which was bliss! She made sure I drank & ate & wee'd but most importantly she helped Harry to be my birth partner in the best way he could. He really cherishes that & raves about her to all our pregnant friends!

The post natal visits were the icing on the cake. So amazing to have this continuing support, even to the extent of having some homeopathic remedies for Bodhi's cold & slight colic.

I would recommend Yolande wholeheartedly & hope that if we have another baby we live close enough to have her be part of that too! Thank you Yolande for giving Harry, Bodhi & I the support we needed to have the gentlest birth we could  Xx

Jessie, Harry and Bodhi

 

I decided to employ a doula for the birth of my son (my first child), because I felt I needed friendly, encouraging, calm and professional support during labour. Yolande provided exactly that. I found the two visits before labour useful so we could get to know one another and talk through my birth plan, the different stages of labour, and discuss what perhaps to expect and not to expect. This helped me feel confident with my decisions before and during labour. She checked in with me on a regular basis while I was experiencing the first and prolonged stage of labour (36 hours), always ready to come round any time, whenever I felt I needed her to, but also leaving me in my own comfort zone when I felt I wanted to be by myself. Her presence was invaluable during the second stage of labour, especially when I had to deal with unhelpful hospital staff at first, and while I was recovering from an epidural. She stayed with me and my son throughout the day, until late in the evening, supplying me with food and drinks and helping me figure out breastfeeding. Again, at no point did her presence feel intrusive, but rather reassuring and comforting. In the same way were her postnatal visits helpful where Yolande also showed me some gentle exercise to help my body recover from giving birth. I’m glad I took the decision to have Yolande accompany me through this very important time of my life. I have never been so happy and relaxed as I am now as a mother; and I feel the fact that I had such a positive birth experience certainly is a contributing factor.

- Mira S

I used Yolande as my doula for the birth of my baby girl. It was my first baby and I had all the usual reservations of a first time mum but also felt that I wanted to have someone on hand to guide me through, not only the birth but each stage leading up to the birth in a positive, calm and natural way. Yolande has a wealth of knowledge in both pre and post natal care and uses her experience in both homeopathy and doula birthing techniques to provide a wonderful service for anybody looking for a positive birthing experience. She did not leave my side throughout my entire birth (22 hours in total) and I wouldn't hesitate to get her back again should I have another baby.  We forged a lovely bond and to me that is hardest thing to find!! 

- Danielle K , Marketing

Yolande was instrumental in my decision to have a home birth that was the most amazing experience in my life. Her super positive attitude and energy gave me a strength and faith when I needed motivation. She also beautifully capture magical moment on camera. I am very grateful for her support. 

- Daria , Auctioneer

 I would highly recommend Yolande she was great, very warm and friendly and I found her presence very reassuring. She was a great support in labour helping my partner and me. Having a doula was overall a very positive experience. 

Nicola H - Solicitor

 We are first time parents and wanted someone who understood what was going on and could provide support and safety during labour. During labour she made sure I was hydrated and fed, making suggestions for positions, she has a very reassuring voice. I couldn’t have done it without her! I would have a doula again especially Yolande, I honestly couldn’t imagine going through labour without a doula, it made for a relatively relaxed experience.

E.  Black, Data analyst

 I had email conversations with many doulas but Yolande was the only one I met in person and we were on the same page straight away. We met for coffee a few times and chatted generally about expectations for birth and our beliefs about childbirth etc. She was a great person to chat to and alleviated any anxieties I had. Throughout labour, Yolande was amazing! Even though for most of the labouring, I sent her out of the room, bless her. She gave me the reassurance I needed and called the midwives for me, never leaving my side. I was able to breathe through most of the labour as I knew she was nearby looking out for me. She also made sure I always had water to drink and liaised with the midwives. After my baby was born she was great and helped me get breastfeeding started. She also made me a lovely placenta smoothie, as I asked, straight after birth and held the baby for me so I could get showered and settled. Postnatally Yolande came by to keep me company, we also met for coffee nearby and she even, very kindly, held the tiny one whilst I got my eyelashes tinted!  I would absolutely recommend having a doula! It made all the difference, knowing that someone was there with no other agenda but to support me.  Yolande is an absolute delight. She is a very warm, non-judgmental person who seems very relaxed about most things in life. She is very knowledgeable when it comes to natural childbirth- we got on very well! She knew just the right things to say to alleviate my anxiety and generally build me up when I was doubting myself- wish I could keep her as my inside voice forever .

M. Shaw, creative director

 I hired a Doula because the birth of my first child was very long and I did not feel very supported by the midwifes at the hospital. I ended up with being induced and an epidural which was not part of my birth plan. I decided to have a Doula during my second birth because I felt that an extra pair of hands even just to massage my back or bring me tea would help tremendously as I was determined to have a natural child birth without pain relief.  Yolande came to my house as my contractions where 5 minutes apart and straight away knew what to do. She immediately applied pressure on my lower back and helped during position changes. She knew exactly when to make that transition from home to hospital and kept me calm as I was waiting to be examined and admitted to the delivery room. Yolande reminded me about my options as we discussed in antenatal sessionsShe also made sure that i had a cold flannel on my forehead and that i was energised with dextrose. after I had given birth my Doula stayed with me 4 hours until i was moved to my bed, she made sure i had enough to eat and drink and kept me company. I felt supported during the entire labouring process and i felt that additional responsibilities such as answering questions to midwifes where taken care of. Yolande helped with holding the baby and organised tea and food for me. She stayed with me as long as I wanted her to be with me so I did not feel alone straight after giving birth. Postnatally Yolande came for a visit to check how I and the baby where getting on. We talked about my birth experience again and recapped all the events during labour. Yes. I would definately hire a doula as it is such an invaluable help. Just to have the extra support would give me peace of mind and being able to let go of my fears and concentrate on birthing. I would recommend it by sharing my positive experience that I had with my Doula. Yolande is a very caring person with great listening skills. She is very helpful and has a lot of knowledge of homeopathy and natural childbirth. Yolande respected my privacy whenever I needed it and acted immediately when needed. She was very helpful during the entire birthing process and made me feel good and give me strength to go on even when I was experiencing pain. My partner also felt that our Doula was of great help and a calming presence which made him feel more confident too .

Micheala Krog, mama