I'm Louise and I live on the outskirts of Berkshire with two of my three boys and our dog Harry.
After having spent 20 years in the Corporate world, and my children able to be more independent, I was in the perfect position to reconsider my future career…..
One evening I was sat chatting with my girlfriends, who know me well. We were trying to figure out what I would ‘love’ to do and be good at. We talked about how practical I am, how I make people laugh, how I get on with everyone and seem to calm people, especially babies, and how I have a nurturing and comforting nature. I had always wanted to be a midwife, but it was way too late for me to go back to Uni!
It was then that one of my girlfriends who had just had a baby said “I’ve got it, you would make an amazing Doula” …….. and that’s how my incredible journey began.
I absolutely love what I do. Being able to help couples have the very best experience possible, before, during, and after their baby is born is simply magical for me.
I also love teaching Hypnobirthing. Seeing the transformation of couples through the course is so fulfilling. Couples often embark on the course nervous and unsure of their choices and finish up having has a great time, having learnt so much about birth and how to feel empowered and actually excited.
Please do look at my website https://www.thepeacefuldoula.co.uk and get in touch. Happy to chat via zoom or meet for a coffee to see if I am be the Doula for you ……..
I am also the Founder of The Doula Hub https://thedoulahub.co.uk A cuddle of like minded, equally qualified, truly supportive, nurturing, professional doulas. Take a look here to find out how we support each other to support you through life's biggest adventure https://www.thedoulahub.co.uk/how-we-work
Birth Bliss Doula training course
KG Hypnobirthing Teacher Course
3Step Rewind Course
Infant loss awareness
Like many parents, you probably want to find a comprehensive antenatal course that can provide you with relevant, evidence based, information, as well as give you tools and techniques to help you birth your baby in the best possible way. Whether that be a physiological birth at home or a medically supported birth in Hospital.
My KG Hypnobirthing antenatal classes will quickly give you confidence in your body’s capabilities. Easy to implement, the exercises are based on logical and scientific understanding of how birth, our bodies and minds work together…it just makes sense.
I aim to deliver my classes in a fun, relaxed way and am currently delivering them via Zoom.
COST : From £150
As your Birth Doula, I will get to know you and your partner and fully understand the wishes you have for the birth of your baby. We will build a strong, trusting relationship in those first meetings, ensuring you feel completely comfortable with me being your Doula at this amazing time. I am here to give you all the practical and emotional support you need. Together we will overcome any concerns you and your partner may have. I will help you navigate the millions of sources of information available, to find you evidence-based information that is right for you and your baby. We will ensure you are both fully prepared and knowledgeable about the choices you have and ensure you are confident to enable the birth that you want, however and wherever that may be. We will finalise your birth preferences and help you to become calm and confident about the birth of your baby. We will also prepare for any changes to your preferences that may occur so that whatever the situation you are ready for however your baby’s birth unfolds. I will be with you every step of the way from the minute you call to say you want me, until your baby and you are settled and you say you are happy for me to leave. I will be hands on if you need me, helping to keep you calm and in control, or sat quietly in the corner allowing you and your partner to enjoy this amazing time together. I will protect your space and help you have a relaxed and enjoyable birth.
COST : From £1100
Post Natal Doula
As your Postnatal Doula, I will be there to during those vital first weeks while you decide how you want to parent your baby. I will never be judgemental or tell you what you should do, I will merely guide you as you develop your skills as a parent. I will be an emotional and physical support for you, your partner and your family. I will help you to feel relaxed and confident about caring for your baby. I will help in such a way that you will have more time to spend with your new baby and each other, and other children if you have them. I will do whatever I can to make your life easier. It’s different in every house and for every couple. If things go slightly off plan, I will be there to help you navigate a new direction. If you are struggling with sleep, breastfeeding or any of the other challenges a new baby can bring, I will be there to help you find your strength. You may wish to rest or spend time with other children while I care for the baby. Be assured I will always follow your wishes. My aim is to be as flexible as possible so that you will feel rested, relaxed and more able to enjoy the joy a new baby brings to your lives.
COST : £35 per hour
Emily - Hypnobirthing
Hi Louise, thought I’d send you a (left handed) text while I feed our gorgeous baby girl. She was born a week ago today at home, in the birth pool as we planned. She was also born in her membranes, which was the most incredible, surreal thing. I saw this silver floating orb below me that contained my beautiful baby inside.
We had such a calm birth and I really attribute that to why we have such a calm, content baby. The hypnobirthing techniques we learnt with you were the reason for all of this. There were definitely hard parts where I lost my cool, but listening to Paul’s voice say the trigger words I needed to get back in the zone and get my breathing back to my focus was the most magical thing. It was like my mind was programmed to listened to him over anything else. Some of the best ones for me were: release, soften, calm, confident.
So I just wanted to say thank you for giving us the tools to have the most empowering experience I think I’ll ever have xx
Amy - Birth
I searched extensively for the right Doula and as soon as we met Louise we knew she would be exactly the support we were hoping to find. For me personally it was the cherry on the cake that she had experienced a Vbac herself and her views and ethos about birth were music to my ears.
Throughout, Louise has just been out if this world.
Before the birth, during and after, her help and support has been priceless.
Before the birth her visits and a 3 step fear releasing session were pivotal in getting me into the right mindset for the natural birth I really wanted.
On the day of my labour she picked me up and took me to hospital in the middle of the night on christmas eve, whilst my partner waited for his mom to come and look after our son. She missed christmas day with her own 3 son's!
Her hypnobirthing guidance during labour got me through hours of surges. Her experience and knowledge were pivotal in escaping some of the medical interventions I was so keen to avoid and she was so impressive in an uncomfortable conversation with the consultant because of how well versed she is with stats and information.
Throughout my labour she helped my partner support me and was a champion for my birth preferences the whole way through.
Even when our son was born and we got our Vbac 15 hours later and when christmas day was almost over she was still happy to stay and help us (we were completely fine though and wanted her to get back to her sons).
After the birth she visited us when we were struggling with our newborns reflux and gave us contacts and advice.
She will always be so special to us and we would love to stay in touch.
We can't thank her enough. Anyone lucky enough to cross paths with Louise will be forever grateful they did, as are we.
Truly a genuine one of a kind lady you rarely meet in life. Xxxx
Angie – Postnatal
“Louise came to us full of positivity, energy, care, concern, and I could tell she was genuine and genuinely wanted to turn the titanic around (the titanic being the downward spiral of our situation!).
She jumped right in, making me a cup of tea even in her interview.
I never felt like I had to host Louise in my home, Which is what I needed, any hosting just really took it out of me!
She navigated the days with me on a moment-by-moment basis and also was very flexible with committing to times and hours.
She brought joy and life back into our home and I’m forever grateful!
If you enjoy being around someone who is positive, who is a go-getter, someone who is thoughtful and genuine, then Louise is the doula for you!”
Adam – Birth and Postnatal
“Louise made a profound and positive contribution to the birth of a beautiful little girl.
As a first time father and mother, my partner and I were working towards and planning a positive birth, using hypnobirthing and having a natural water birth at home, however things didn’t go as planned and my partner ended up being induced in Hospital and going into labour quite rapidly after that. Louise was there with us all the way, her kind compassionate support and wisdom really helped guide us on our birthing journey. Preparing, planning, answering any questions along the way.
As a man, I was supporting my partner throughout, but there is something about knowledge about birth from mothers. Louise is a wonderful doula and now part of our family. I’m so grateful for her being there at our daughters birth and the support she provided Lauren and myself before and afterwards, sometimes turning up in the middle of the night to help! Thank you so much Louise, Adam”
Dominik – Birth and Postnatal
“At the beginning I did not know what a Doula was – however since the birth of our second child I highly recommend Louise.
Louise is a warm person who was calm and in control during an emotional time. I quickly realised she could help with anything we needed.
I was worried as a husband and felt quite helpless whilst my wife was struggling. Louise was amazing, reassuring and calm and knew exactly what to do. This meant that everyone was calm (including me)
I was so happy that she was there with the experience and knowledge of what to do.
I highly recommend Louise as a warm person who will help everyone.”
NB;English as a second language – Cesarean Section birth