Before I even contacted Sam, I knew I wanted her as my doula, (from what I had read on her website and seen on the news) and when I approached her with quite a bespoke request, she was very open, flexible and most importantly for me, very reassuring, especially concerning a complication I was experiencing. It was clear from the offset that she is immensely passionate about empowering women, advocating individual choices, in order to establish and nurture positive birth experiences. Very quickly it was like chatting with an old friend, I just felt so comfortable with her.
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.
Pregnancy and birthing is such a personal journey in so many ways and having Sam by my side helped me cope with everything I was feeling and experiencing. Without a doubt it was one of the best decisions I have ever made asking Sam to be my doula. I just wish she’d been with me for the birth of my first son too.