I am so pleased I decided to have a doula at the birth of my first son in August 2009, and that my husband and I chose Maisie. From the moment we first met her we knew we were onto a good thing, she reassured us from the outset that we would have everything we needed to look after our child – love, warmth and food!
There was no pressure from Maisie to have a particular type of birth – when I found out I was pregnant I was very open to the idea of having an epidural and a medicalised labour – as far removed from the natural, water birth I ended up with – and thank goodness as it was the perfect labour for me. Maisie not only provided support during my pregnancy, but she also introduced me to a completely new way of thinking about my labour, and gave me information, that without a doula I would never have come across; this was invaluable to me and allowed me to make an informed choice about how my labour progressed. I was also able to benefit from Maisie’s reflexology – she got my contractions started again, as they kept dying off during the day, eased the pain of my contractions and bought on a final contraction so that I could deliver the placenta naturally.
I cannot recommend having a doula highly enough, and I have absolutely no problems recommending Maisie as a wonderfully supportive, loving and calming doula – I have already recommended her to all my friends!