Estelle Sparkes

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  • Hello, my name is Estelle and I am a trained,
    Doula UK recognised Birth and Postnatal Doula.
    I am also mother to our beautiful 7-year-old daughter Scarlet, and I live with my loving husband Nick in Wychbold, Worcestershire.

    As a mum myself, I draw on my own experience as well as my extensive training to support mothers, mums-to-be and families at what is a wonderful, but very vulnerable and challenging, time in their lives.

    Scarlet was born in hospital with the assistance of a ventouse delivery. After such an uninformed labour and birth, I feel that becoming a birth and postnatal doula to other expectant mothers would be both a privilege and a rewarding opportunity for me to use my knowledge and additional training.

    Subsequently, I have trained to become a birth and postnatal doula, meaning I support mothers-to-be and aid them in identifying their own choices – and in creating a true sense of empowerment!

    From my own personal experience, I now know that the final part of my pregnancy was not just about the birth and use this to guide my supporting role in your pregnancy.

    The antenatal preparations, informed choices and even your surroundings can and will have a lasting impact on your birthing experience, so my skills lie in ensuring that you are informed and supported throughout pregnancy, birth and beyond.

  • I have attended and completed the Birth and Postnatal Doula Training with Nurturing Birth.
    I am also a registered member of Doula UK, adhering to their philosophy and code of conduct with a commitment to life-long learning and continuing personal/professional development.
    Doula UK offers a mentorship process where a doula works with a mentor to gain recognition through reflection and experience.
    I feel that a doula never stops learning. To help support my practical experience, I continue to keep myself well informed of any new information/articles and read appropriate books. I also ensure my skills develop through attending training course and workshops, such as:
    Birth and Postnatal Doula Training with Nurturing Birth
    (Doula UK approved), 2013
    "Art of Doula Listening" (Doula UK approved), 2013
    Paediatric First Aid, 2013
    Practical Skills to Prevent & Resolve Malposition
    - Rebozo techniques
    (Doula UK approved), 2014
    UNICEF Breastfeeding Friendly Initiative, 2014
    “Supporting Every Birth” (Doula UK approved), 2015
    "Closing the Bones" workshop (Doula UK approved), 2016
    "Spinning Babies" workshop (Doula UK approved), 2016
    "Born to Carry" Peer Support Course, 2016
    DBS-checked
    Clean driving licence
    Fully Insured
    Confidentiality Agreements

    I have had four years’ experience living and working with young people and adults with learning difficulties and physical disabilities.
    I have also spent ten years working within the NHS in the community, as well as in hospitals.
    These years in medical settings have taught me their benefits and shortcomings, and mean I am now comfortable supporting my clients in any venue they choose for their baby’s birth.
    I have recently had a disclosure and barring service (DBS) check (previously CRB check).
    When I support mothers as a doula, I’ve found it a very rewarding role to support the mother-to-be (and their partner), and to encourage them to embrace their birthing journey. I use each birth and doula experience to inform and educate my next.
    And I prize my daughter’s birth and my parenting journey very highly as excellent experience, too!

  • Testimonials:

    Gemma & Stuart
    July 2017

    I knew before I was pregnant that I wanted some extra support during my pregnancy and labour than my partner alone could provide so we looked up Doula's on the internet. I was wonderfully surprised to find Estelle just around the corner from me. From the very first message all the way through to two weeks after out little bundle arrived she was a dream to have at my side. It was so easy to relax in her company. She kept me calm and supported me through my labour like a best friend might have. She provided us with tons of information and showed both my partner and me coping strategies for handling contractions. I would and have recommended her to anyone expecting in the future, she was a absolute treasure.