Natalie has been a big part of our lives for the last 6 months. We completed a full 8 hour hypnobirthing course with her during my third trimester, which was informative, reassuring and extremely useful during the final few weeks of pregnancy and in labour. Having had my first baby preterm I was surprised to find myself still pregnant at 40+ weeks but the tools that we learned from Natalie during the course helped us to remain calm and in control, especially at a time when pressure starts to mount to consider interventions such as induction. Having planned a homebirth with the Lavender team from Frimley Park Hospital any form of induction wasn’t something we would consider lightly and with all the information covered in the course we felt confident in our decision to wait for baby Theo to make his arrival when he was good and ready!
Natalie was then our birth doula for the home birth of our son, which was everything we had hoped for. It was quick, smooth and in the comfort of our own home, just as we had planned. Her practical and emotional support kept us both calm and allowed us to focus on what mattered the most. She dealt with some minor disasters with the birth pool and supported me with such care in the first hours after the birth.
Since then, Natalie then visited us weekly for postpartum support, which was fantastic. Her calm and supportive personality is perfect for the role and she clearly has huge knowledge and experience to back it up. We couldn’t recommend her work more.