Bristol / Cardiff / remotely
Cassandra Rosa West: Birth and Postnatal Doula Guide (Available for other U.K and International locations via Skype).
Birth and Postnatal Doula, International Birth Supporter, Massage and Naturopathic therapist, occasional course facilitation assistant.
Cassandra offers birth and postnatal Doula guidance.
Edinburgh, Glasgow and neighbouring areas
Daisy feels strongly that women know their truth, and that all they need is support and information to be able to make the decisions that are right for them and their families. She uses Talking Mats in her work with couples to help them to find and express their views around their birth and to debrief afterwards.
She was so beautifully mentored and helped to discover her own truth, values and confidence as she became a doula. She wants to help other doulas find themselves and their true value in this work.
North Scotland / remotely
Fiona Reilly: Birth and Postnatal Doula Guide
Fiona is passionate about empowering women and families to choose what feels right for them around birth and parenthood. She has worked as a birth and postnatal doula since 2011. She is committed to supporting people in the choices that are right for them and helping them work through fears or experiences that need resolving.
Fiona has a psychology degree, and a certificate in counseling skills. She is reflective of her practise and has gained much confidence and knowledge through her life and professional experiences. She values the power of listening to and following our own truth and intuition. We all have our own answers, we just need to look within and one of her aims is to support you in finding your own truth. She practices as a one to one active listening therapist, in person or online, and also supports groups. In addition, Fiona enjoys offering maternity reflexology.
She is truly excited about offering support to new doulas, as she recognizes the immense value of sharing and exchanging support with others. The encouragement and guiding hands of her mentor and fellow doulas made her steps into doulahood a much smoother and more joyful experience. She continues to offer and receive the support of her fellow doula sisters for which she is immensely grateful and is enthused to offer such support to establishing doulas.
Her journey with assisting births began in 1984 when , as a trainee Nursery Nurse, she started her placement in Basingstoke Hospital maternity ward. The experience and practices she witnessed there left a very strong impression, and were later to be the foundation of a powerful desire to help change the way of mainstream birthing and offer women an alternative, more empowering way to birth their babies.
She starting assisting friends at their home births during the nineties and eventually birthed her first daughter at home with a community midwife who totally respected all her wishes. The feeling she had after that birth was so amazing, empowering and fulfilling , she wanted every woman to be able to feel it! So began many different trainings, in all sorts of modalities, to build up her knowledge, from aromatherapy to hypnotherapy, shamanic midwifery to Birth trauma recovery.
One of those courses was with Kate Woods, Conscious Birthing Doula Training, and this was the one that really sparked the desire to get going in earnest. She had her first client while the training was taking place, which gave a perfect springboard into the world of assisting births as a professional doula. This client later became her backup doula!
Over the last five years she has assisted with more than 50 births.
Cyd lives on a small island in the Mediterranean , Ibiza. It's a tight community of generally open minded international people, many of whom have escaped the mainstream paradigm and are looking for alternative ways to live their lives , with deeper meaning and integrity. The role of the doula is welcomed here, at home and in the hospitals. Kate's Doula courses have been a huge success and have helped enormously in building up a solid birthing community of practitioners on the island. Cyd is assisting with the Guidance Programme for doulas that have trained with Conscious Birthing and works closely with many of the various pregnancy practitioners on the island. She also facilitates birth preparation classes.
Empowering women has become a way of life now, whether it's hosting a red tent Moonlodge, guiding new doulas, or educating mums to be, it is her mission, her purpose and her passion.