I am a birth and postnatal doula offering support in the Kent area.
I have much experience with twins .
I love being a Doula ! To be able to support a woman in labour is so rewarding. I am now in my 7th year and have witnessed all types of birth whether it be at home, birth centre or hospital. I also support the whole family once you are home,breast feeding support, cooking a meal, walking the dog, holding baby while mum gets some sleep. Whatever is needed to help you find your way in the first few months of motherhood. I am a member of Doula UK also and attend study days and conferences .Feel free to ring me for a chat.
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I am a recognised birth and postnatal Doula under Doula UK
I have attended a course with Nurturing Birth and have recognition with Doula UK.
Study Days Attended:
Breast feeding course
Spinning babies workshop
Red Cross First Aid for babies and children.
Sheila Kitzinger Study day
Dianne Garland Waterbirth Study day
Doula UK Conference 2014 - Life after childbirth - Supporting the transition to parenthood.
Doula UK Conference 2016 - Ina May Gaskin
Maggie Howell Natal Hypnotherapy Study Day
I am CRB checked .
I have experience working with twins.
Gill's calm and positive nature was evident from the first moment we met. We were fairly certain that we wanted to hire a doula, both to help me and my husband during our daughter's birth, and in the run up to it. Once we met Gill, we didn't even bother to interview anyone else, as we knew we had found someone special.
Gill was on hand throughout my pregnancy to answer my questions and calm my worries with her down-to-earth, evidence-based advice. When I went into labour, she was in touch with my husband over text, leaving me to focus on being in the bubble of labour, just the two of us, while keeping him calm and informed on exactly what to do. Once things ramped up, Gill was with us, travelling with me to the hospital and quietly but strongly fighting our corner to ensure that our birth preferences were always considered and that I always had a voice.
I think our birth experience would have been much more stressful without Gill's presence, and her support and friendship post-partum have been so helpful to us both.
I couldn't recommend hiring a doula enough, and wouldn't hesitate to work with Gill.
We cannot recommend having a Doula, and that it be Gill Smallcombe, too strongly.
Without Gill, we do not think we would have had the natural birth experience we wanted.
She struck the perfect balance, giving us the space we hoped for while advocating strongly on our behalves with the medical team out of the room.
A difficult task and a great relief, perhaps especially for first time fathers, which she is able to do thanks to her many years of experience.
Gill knew precisely when a little touch on the tiller or, equally, when taking a step back would be best to reassure or remind us as first time parents.
It was the least we could do to ask her to cut our baby's cord.
We will be forever grateful.
Thank you, Gill!