”Laura took photos and videos during the labour process. This is so valuable to have afterwards! On top of that she made a compilation video of it accompanied by touching music. This is so special to me and valuable to process the birth.Jeroen & SamiraOuders van Skylinn
I’ve heard of a doula before, but didn’t know exactly what a doula does. I saw Laura’s post that she was looking for pregnant ladies with a due date in the beginning of 2021. I thought to myself: let’s give it a try! Especially because we were in the middle of the pandemic and everything was closed. Yoga classes or group meetings were not possible. Laura came to our house for an intake meeting and there was an immediate connection. She was down to earth and practical, unlike some online courses I found. We made clear to her what our wishes were. It was a match, so Laura became our doula. Laura always came to our house for the prenatal meetings and those meetings were relaxed, informative and fun. During the meetings I received a massage and she prepared me and my partner for the birth process. She shared information about the physiological process of giving birth and helped us to write the birth plan. Laura came to my house to give me a relaxing massage when I had irregular contractions which became uncomfortable. She had to come back that evening because contractions were getting ready and my baby was about to be born. I was so happy that Laura was with us. She helped me to relieve the pain naturally by applying counterpressure and hipsqueeze. This was such a relief! I hardly felt any pain anymore. She also accompanied us when we went to the hospital. We went to a hospital where doulas were still welcome during the pandemic. This was so valuable! A familliar face to have with us during the entire birth process. Someone who we felt comfortable with and who knew us and our birth wishes. It was so nice to have Laura with us at the hospital. This might be weird to say, but I was so HOT during the pushing phase of labour. Laura helped me to feel more comfortable by waving with a fan. She has an easygoing personality and our midwife liked working with her as well. Laura took photos and videos during the labour process. This is so valuable to have afterwards! This made it easier to process the birth experience. Even though my birth experience was quite easy and positive. It’s just really valuable to look back afterwards. On top of that Laura made a compilation video of it accompanied by touching music. This is so special to me and valuable to process the birth of my daughter.
My partner was also really happy to have a doula. It was really nice for me to notice that my girlfriend experienced less pain when Laura supported her with counterpressure during the contractions. She also taught me how to support my girlfriend. This was our first pregnancy and birth experience. We didnt’t know much about it so Laura’s knowledge and support was very welcome. This made our journey a lot more comfortable. As a male I can’t fully understand how my girlfriend felt, this was easier for Laura because of her own (birth) experience. This made me feel better about myself. During the birth process I felt confident in supporting my girlfriend because of the tips that I got from our doula in the preparatory meetings. Laura’s presence was a great support to us and I’m very grateful for the photos and videos that she took.
With love, Jeroen, Samira and Skylinn