About Me, Fiona de Rose.
I am a married mother of 5 children ( 32, 29, 16and twin boys 15) I am also a god-mother to 10. I feel very passionate and honoured about supporting and empowering mothers, fathers and families during pregnancy, labour, and beyond. My journey began with my own birth experiences and also being invited as a birth partner to several woman over the years, in London, LA and Bali that sparked my passion for birth and working closely with mothers and babies, that changed the course of my life.
I trained as a Doula through Nurturing Birth in London, and am now as passionate as ever enjoying my calling as a Birth and Postnatal Doula.
To date I have supported and prepared several families during pregnancy and labour and worked as a postnatal doula providing support and care for both mother and baby in their first few months. I have also worked with a same sex couple who were expecting their first child through surrogacy last year, this was a whole new experience and I still continue to work with them when they require the support with this new chapter in their life.
As a doula, I believe that every woman deserves a positive, protected and smooth journey into motherhood. The precious continuity of care of a doula to help you birth with confidence and empowerment, can make the whole difference. Through the nurturing doula relationship, I am here to help you recognise your choices, I do not tell you what to do only support, nurture and empower you. I do help you discover your own inner strength to increase your confidence in your ability to birth your baby the way you want. By mothering the mum and supporting the dad in his crucial role, I offer practical and emotional support measured to the specific needs and wishes for each family.
My postnatal doula role I provide support for both mother and baby including breast feeding support, baby care and I love to cook so am always happy to prepare meals for the family allowing mother more precious time with her baby. As a mother adjusts to the new role of being a mother I am there for emotional and practical support. Having had my own birth traumas and postnatal depression, I am acutely aware of the vital and necessary assistance and encouragement women need as they transition into motherhood
I will support you and help give you the confidence in the early days as your transition into the next phase as a new a family. I believe the love care and attention of well supported new parents is key to the recovery after a birth both physically and emotionally
I will be there to nourish restore and allow you both that time to rest putting into practice the 40 day postnatal time frame, a time of recovery and recuperation period which is still practiced in many cultures and so vital in the healing of a new mum.
I believe my desire to nurture and help and my ability to protect and care for others, as well as my knowledge and experience of pregnancy, labour and life with a newborn, both professionally and personally, are a solid attribute and define my nature
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I am a birth and postnatal Doula.
“Fiona is a warm, patient, caring, knowledgeable lady and a good listener. Her calm aura gave me confidence when dealing with regular visits to the hospital for Molly’s check ups.” Sarah
“We first met Fiona over 2 years ago as a neighbour and we immediately observed how mature, loving and respectful her own children were. When she told us that she was a caregiver to children as well, we immediately trusted and respected her opinions. When we were expecting our own child last year, Fiona’s advice and constant well-wishing gave us so much confidence, and the skills and knowledge she gave us were invaluable. Fiona obviously has a lot of experience raising children, but her advice was so well catered to our own situation, and lacking in judgment about our own situation, and was in truth so helpful to us, that we cannot recommend her highly enough.” James and Jethro
” Fiona is a warm, friendly and very open person. She is easy to relate to and very empathetic. She was very knowledgeable about all things that a new mother is anxious about. She is also a very kind, funny, honest and considerate person. I felt completely at ease talking to her about anything and she always had great information and support. She is absolutely lovely and trustworthy and has great skills in seeing what is required at particular points in time.” Liz
“Fiona is an absolute star. She is there without imposing herself and does all the right things and her support was invaluable. She never gave her opinion, however she did handout the best advice when I was struggling, especially as Nika suffered from a severe reflux. There were many times when I felt rather overwhelmed and Fiona was always there with her natural gift of keeping me calm, a great sense of humour, and overall providing me with ways to cope with it all.” Assia
“Fiona has been looking after our baby Archie since the end of the summer and in that time I have observed her to be a kind and gentle career for our son. She is happy and unquestioning about following our routine and is conscious of not disrupting the usual flow of the day. Her experience and knowledge of babies has meant that I have always felt I can ask for support and advice as and when needed and that I feel confident that Archie will alway be safe in her care. She has always been prompt on arrival and happy to stay until the day has finished and Archie is in bed and should things change we have always been given plenty of notice so alternative arrangements can be made.” Somerset
“Today we’re approaching 7 weeks since our beautiful baby boy came into our lives. We’re still in the thick of the very real challenges introduced into our lives, but as we are just starting to find ourselves as parents we’re also finding just a bit more space to take a breath and reflect on the journey we’ve only recently begun.There were many people involved in different moments of this journey, but Fiona was there for us throughout – consulting, consoling and encouraging us during those precious hours of birth.As first time parents, we really didn’t know what to expect. We had lived far from relatives with children, and in a health system we were not familiar with. We decided to find some help to navigate all of the new decisions we’d need to make. Fiona was just the type of person we were hoping to find.Fiona was there to ensure we had all of the knowledge necessary to have the birth that we wanted, and not necessarily where the health system would pressure us to go.”
Fiona visited us at our home multiple times both before and after the birth, listening to our needs as soon to be parents, offering a tremendous amount of information and experience, helping us make sense of all of the information being sent our way.
Fiona’s communication style was perfect for us, supportive, to the point and authentic. Talking with Fiona felt like talking to a friend we’ve known for years.We’ve had a lovely time working with Fiona” Aimee and Steve
“Fiona was born to be a doula. She is warm, bubbly, caring and has character without being dominant or judging. We felt comfortable with her right from the word go. She has been a mum herself forever and had so many good stories to share, but more importantly her own experiences of parenthood and work as a doula meant that we felt she understood what we were going through and needed.
We reflected quite extensively with Fiona on Fem’s labour and how Will had experienced the whole process, that ‘debriefing’ was in terms of what we needed from an emotional point of view probably the most valuable.We are convinced that Fiona’s amazingly tasting and nutritious cooked food was paramount to Fem’s speedy recovery from labour. She run us some errands whilst she did her ingredient shopping, which was incredibly useful considering we weren’t really in a position to do a run to the shops ourselves, and she left the kitchen in an immaculate state after her wonderful cooking and loaded/offloaded the dishwasher. Every now and then, particularly as we were having a meal she would sit and chat to us whilst holding the baby so we could tuck in!” Femke and Will
“Fiona was an absolute joy to have around the house after the birth of my second child. She helped my both physically and emotionally after my c section delivery and she fitted into the household perfectly. She was a wonderful support and in particular a great cook. We didn’t want her to leave!” Tamsyn