Shared Care with Siobhan & Lucy & Julia
Being a doula is a wonderful way of life however after about 20 births I realised that my 100% commitment to be on call for each of my births concerned me – I worried I may let someone down. What if I had appendicitis!
I came up with an idea I had seen work well for the Rainbow Team; a small intimate team of homebirth midwives at St Georges hospital - Shared Care. I then set out to find local doulas whom I liked, respected and most importantly doulas who I knew had the same approach and ethos to childbirth and clients as myself. Julia & Lucy whom I had worked with previously at Chelsea and Westminster hospital were the perfect candidates along with Siobhan both an amazing breast feeding consultant and wonderful doula.
How does shared care work?
Here for you - come what may
With the idea of ‘Shared Care’ in mind, I met Siobhan Pearce, Lucy Pilkington and Julia Woodman and my problems were solved - they are all awesome, with their immense knowledge, complete openness and huge smiles.
We soon realised that by engaging in 'Shared Care' we could bring our clients even more support by pooling our knowledge and techniques, We trialled this on several clients and it was a huge success. Our clients felt incredibly supported, liking our approach, attitude and the relaxing air we brought to the whole birth experience. Shared Care means two of us attend the antenatal meetings and then just one of us attends the birth and goes on to visit you at home around day three and again a few days later postnatally.
Lucy says: "I have 30 years of experience working in healthcare initially as a nurse both in the NHS and the private sector and then as a doula at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. I enjoy working with couples both as a doula, a reflexologist and as a hypnobirthing teacher, preparing them for and supporting them on this amazing journey through pregnancy, birth and into parenthood. My passion for pregnancy and birth was born out of my own birth experiences in 2001 and 2004 when I had an amazing doula (who my husband wouldn’t have been without) and this prompted me to train myself. '
Siobhan says: I have always been fascinated by the innate power of a woman’s body and the birthing process and feel that being a doula and supporting women and their families through this journey is something that I was meant to do. I have been a qualified birth and postnatal doula since 2008 and have supported hundreds of families through the wonderful transition into parenthood.
During my work as a doula, I realised that there was an enormous need for breastfeeding support for all the new mums and families out there and I couldn’t believe how much conflicting advice and information these new mums were being given and how confusing it all was. I then decided to pursue my training and knowledge on breastfeeding and received the highest qualification possible to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2011.
Julia says: " I trained as a doula in 2010 and after supporting well over 100 families consider myself to be an experienced birth and postnatal doula. Working as an NHS doula for over 2 years alongside Kayla & Lucy, the dedicated and wonderful midwives and obstetricians, further enhanced my skill set. Providing that continuity of care to couples antenatally, being present at the birth and supporting them postnatally as they grow into confident and empowered parents gives me the greatest joy.
Alongside the Shared Care Birth Package with Kayla, Lucy and Siobhan, I also offer Postnatal and Overnight doula care. The overnight care is similar to that a night nanny or maternity nurse offers with the difference being that I do not live in plus the holistic family approach of a doula with a wealth of experience.'.
"I booked shared care with Kayla & Lucy. They were both fantastic and were an amazing resource to me through my pregnancy. On the day I went into labour I had no idea which doula would attend but it was Lucy who helped me but I am sure I would have been as well cared for with Kayla. Both are exceptionally talented and know Chelsea and Westminster hospital inside out, which is a big help while you are there. In the end my VBAC was a breeze and recovery was so easy compared to my c-section. I am so grateful we used them as it all happened so fast there is no way I would have made it to the hospital without their help. Highly recommend."
VBAC - Chelsea
My husband and I booked shared care with Kayla & Nike and instantly felt more confident with having a VBAC . Then given the unexpectedly speedy arrival of our daughter, Kayla's calmness and reassurance throughout resulted in a quick, uncomplicated and intervention free birth. Many thanks Kayla - she may have been born in the toilet without you!
VBAC - Fulham