Hello, I’m Gillian and I cover Stroud, Gloucester, Cheltenham and the surrounding areas. If you’re looking for a supportive, calm and confident doula to be part of your birth journey, I’d love to hear from you! We can have a chat about what I can offer and the ways in which hiring a doula can enhance your birth experience. I am passionate about helping you to find your inner strength and achieve a positive birth outcome.
Alongside my work as an NCT antenatal teacher, I trained with Nurturing Birth to be a doula in 2018 and since then have loved supporting some wonderful clients in various different pregnancy and birth situations including home and hospital births in water and on land, induction – or declining induction – and caesarean. I can accompany you if you are by yourself, or support both you and your partner. I will bring a calm, relaxed and joyous presence to your labour environment, helping to make your birth the magical, empowering event it should be. I, and the women I work with, thrive on the connection that is formed between us – even via Zoom if necessary!
I also teach Yoga for Pregnancy and Mother & Baby Yoga, and I run Couple’s Yoga Birth Workshops. All doula clients are encouraged to come to yoga, and I offer a 50% discount on classes as I am a huge believer in the benefits of yoga for pregnancy, birth and beyond. I am a part of the Birth & Beyond Collective, offering classes at www.bookwhen.com/birthandbeyondcotswolds
I am a founding member of Stroud Sling & Nappy Library and I am the local NCT branch Valley Cushion agent. Between 2017 – 19 I worked with photographer Emilie Sandy to produce The Yoga Mum Project and I’m a Mother Blessing celebrant.
I have an extensive library of books on birth and parenting which you are welcome to borrow and I can supply a pool if you’re having a home water birth.
I look forward to hearing from you!
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Nurturing Birth doula course certificate (January 2019)
NCT Mother & Baby Yoga Practitioner (August 2016)
NCT Yoga for Pregnancy Practitioner (December 2009)
University of Bedfordshire Diploma of Higher Education in Antenatal Education (NCT) (March 2009)
"I would highly recommend Gillian as a doula. She is very dedicated, knows her stuff, has a very serene presence and makes you feel in control in any situation." ST
"I feel so lucky to have had you with us... Best decision ever to have you as our doula." JL
“Gillian brought positivity to my birth. Her calm and smiling presence kept the mood serene” EP
“As soon as I knew Gillian was on board I felt more relaxed. My birth felt de-medicalised and that was with Gillian’s support” JL
“Gillian is knowledgeable, approachable, caring and thoughtful: the perfect doula!” DS
“Gillian was always present, always staying in tune with our needs and she did so in such a caring and gentle way” DY
“Gillian was very empathetic and understanding… and was always sensitive to my wishes” LA
"Meeting Gillian was one of the best parts of my pregnancy. She couldn't have been more supportive." SJ.