A bit about me and why I became a doula...
Hello my name is Desiree, and I started doula-ing because I wanted to support women and their partners to step into their new identity as parents, with confidence. To start parenthood feeling great, supported and enjoy the early days and weeks of life with a new baby.
I spent my childhood living on a farm in South Africa and am very fortunate to belong to a large family where nurturing and supporting each other is ingrained in us.
I live in a small village in North Warnborough near Hook in Hampshire with my husband Graeme, our two children and our two dogs.
Before becoming a doula, I enjoyed a successful career within film and media (working behind the camera during castings) before deciding to take some time out (sort of like a sabbatical) to travel. True to form I met my husband and suffice it to say, the rest is history.
My birth experiences had a profound and lasting impact on me and I was determined that I would do everything I could to ensure that other women achieved their positive birth experiences and step into parenthood on a high. I had a doula present at my first birth and know how incredibly reassuring it is for a mother (and her partner) to have doula support - during birth and support postnatally. I am supportive, unbiased and non judgemental. I am always in your corner (and I have a great sense of humour too!)
I am currently embarking on an exciting journey as a Holistic Sleep Coach, you can read more about it here
Aside from being a Recognised Birth & Postnatal Doula with Doula UK, I am also an active service user at my local Hampshire MSLC which exists to improve maternity services for women, babies and birth partners. I am also a member of Hampshire Doula and Surrey and Middlesex Doulas where we share work and offer support to one another.
I have a current advanced DBS and am proficient in Paediatric First Aid and hold a full, clean drivers license
I respect and value client confidentiality and trust and never share or discuss any information concerning clients or their families to anyone. I abide by Doula UK Philosophy, Code of Conduct. I am also GDPR compliant.