I have set up and help admin a number of Facebook and in person groups, some meet up, some are online – feel free to join any group that is relevant to you, your birth, your parenting path and your life.
Feel free to join any of these groups – if you would like to ask an anonymous question with the groups pm me or another admin and we can post on your behalf.
The Village – for support with your life and parenting journey
The Village Holistic Pregnancy Support, for your pre-conception and pregnancy journey.
Linked Due In Groups
- Due In January and February
- Due In March and April
- Due In May and June
- Due in July and August
- Due in Sept and October
- The South Wales Village Birth Circle
- South Wales Sacred Drum And Chant
- The South Wales Village Positive Parenting Circle
- South Wales Positive Twins and Multiples Group
- South Wales and The South West Home Birth Support Group
I could feel her joy during the whole process and this made labour feel as celebratory as the moment my baby was born.
I don’t think it is possible for me to put into words just how amazing it was to have Sam with me for my for my planned, hypnobirthing caesarean section. She was so calming and reassuring when I was incredibly anxious and stressed, especially going into such a highly medicalised situation.
Her support, both emotionally and practically, was simply amazing before, during, and after the caesarean birth and I instantly missed her when she had left us for the final time. I just can’t imagine going through the caesarean without her. Just her being with me and her presence alone was so calming, and even when I was in great discomfort post caesarean, just her being with me was a huge comfort. She was so tender and attentive to my new son and myself. It meant so much to me.
The pack of 40 birth affirmations from Sam are more than amazing! My partner even recites the affirmations to me, we love them they are so positive and uplifting.
Sam’s support and advice covered both ‘natural’ birth and planned c section as options, emphasising that both can be positive, and even healing.
Sam facilitated my Mother Blessing and it was an amazing day. I had a lot of ideas and Sam took the time to listen and talk though them all with me and help me create a really magical day.
She was massively helpful and at the birth it was fantastic to have a calm presence to hold my hand, provide assistance and general be a fantastic pillar of support amongst the bedlam.
As a mentee it instantly felt right, she is laid back, grounded and knowledgable and I’m so excited to walk the beginnings of my Doula journey beside her.
I simply cannot speak highly enough of Sam, I can not recommend her enough, and I certainly cannot ever express my gratitude and love for this woman and all she does – not just for me but all pregnant women and their families.
I recommend you to everyone – mother, grandmother, aunt who is going through what should be a beautiful event but so often becomes difficult. Even straight forward births are frightening the first time.
That evening, in bed, feeling calmer, I felt the milk come in. As I was able to sleep more soundly, knowing that Sam was watching the baby.
Luckily it (the birth pool) was easy to put up and take down afterwards and came with everything I needed. Would use again!
Samantha provided me with all the information I needed to make informed decisions during my pregnancy and empowered me to be confident with making my voice heard.
Sam gave me the support and courage to write a birth plan that would help me get the birth I wanted.
Samantha was like a guardian angel – constantly there but rarely seen. Her presence was very reassuring, a calm, wise presence at the periphery of the action.
Samantha Gadsden, I now have the birth plan in place I wanted but did not have the confidence or knowledge to fight for on my own. Thank you so much xxxx
At the end of the session I felt like I’d made the right decisions during my pregnancy and it gave me confidence for my birth plans.
Sam’s confidence and relaxed, down to earth approach reaffirmed my belief that I can do this and I have done everything I can to ensure I have my positive birth.
Samantha has an approachable and easy way; which is relaxing, comfortable and grounding. Her in-depth and up-to-date knowledge is very reassuring.
I am in Sam’s wonderful Facebook groups and I am so thankful I came across them.
I have gained so much from being in them and I feel like it is my little haven to come into, even just to have a read through of birth stories etc.
Sam has been a massive support to me and so many others in this absolutely insane time to be having babies. She has pulled together so much incredible information for women to make their own informed decisions around birth and is constantly empowering people to be able to advocate for themselves.
Sam is non judgemental, open, honest, passionate, very well educated in all things pregnancy, childbirth & beyond and I would highly recommend her to anyone having any worries, doubts, anxiety or stress about giving birth.
She is warm hearted without being sentimental, practical and real.
It felt as though I had my mother there and that was really important.
I couldn’t have gotten through the birth of my second child without Sam. She came out during terrible weather in the snow, when I needed her most, pitching up on my sofa overnight not really knowing if he were to arrive that night but just in case
I really felt that Sam was a safe pair of hands for all of us and she helped make the pregnancy, birth and the initial time with the newborn more comfortable and relaxed
Never had a belly cast done before, and was so glad I did. I would wholeheartedly recommend Samantha, a warm, friendly, non judgemental lady, who listens and is there for you. Well worth all the services she provides and more.
I can honestly say that since meeting Sam and the lovely women at the Positive Birth Meeting, I have been much more in control of my anxiety and have enjoyed the pregnancy more.
I can’t thank you enough Sam. …… she was able to have some control in a very clinical environment.
I can’t thank Sam enough for answering questions and giving support and just providing a listening ear.
Sam was actually my doula and you can’t really get a recommendation than that! …… She is amazing.
I bought some birth affirmation cards via pdf and they are brilliant.
No silly phrases that annoy me like some other affirmations. Really great wording.
Her work as a doula goes beyond what you expect with her constant care and consideration for your personal circumstances.
Sam has a knack for being able to recognise the needs of the mother and unobtrusively meet those needs.
During labour and the 3rd stage I unfortunately had midwives who weren’t au fait with homebirth or physiological third stage and Sam was there, championing my rights and supporting my partner through some of the tougher parts. I love that she so fully respected my choices and demanded everyone else present to as well.
There was nothing Sam would not do to help, she was an amazing support to us, a great photographer and like an old friend as we all sat in front of the fire after Honor’s birth, sharing tea and softly chatting until the sun came up.
We hired a birthing pool through Samantha. My pregnancy was longer than expected and I contacted the company to explain I couldn’t return the pool in the time frame we had agreed. This was not a problem at all and I had the pool for an extra week free of charge. The quality was excellent and it was so easy – I would definitely recommend.
I am so grateful to her for inviting me to her various groups and meet-ups, and in particular, for allowing me the use of her birth pool.
Such a knowledgeable and lovely lady, has provided me with invaluable knowledge, confidence and belief. Wonderful!
Sam is an honest, caring lady. She is very passionate about her love of life and birth.
All I can say is thank you!
I don’t think we would have survived the early days and weeks with twins without her. She was a really good fit for our family and was really easy to have around at a time when we were vulnerable.
Thank you Sam for your support on both my children, you were wonderful 🙂
I knew before I did my Doula training I would ask Sam if she would be my mentor when I completed my course.
Love Samantha. Love her work. Highly recommended for all pregnant mammas!
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Samantha Gadsden walks with women on their life’s journeys. She is an experienced Doula, based close to Cardiff in South Wales, mother to 4 children and wife to Eddie, more information can be found on her facebook page, Samantha Gadsden Doula and her website, Caerphilly Doula.
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