About me

"Having moved areas while pregnant and having no family nearby, I don't think I would have managed without her. 

 

Highly recommend both Carla and postnatal Doulas for helping to make the postnatal period enjoyable and manageable!"

 

Becca

My Story

I live in Shaftesbury, Dorset - the town where the little boy pushed his bike up the hill in the Hovis ad!  Its a very beautiful place to live and within easy reach of Bath along to Bournemouth, Salisbury to Yeovil and anywhere that needs a Doula in between.

 

I trained with BirthBliss Academy, run by Kicki Hansard, and the course is a Doula UK accredited course and although I have qualified as a Doula I am also currently mentored by highly experienced Doulas from Doula UK.  Since qualifying in May this year I have worked as both birth and postnatal Doula with a variety of clients. 

When I gave birth I now realise that when I gave birth I didn't question anything, I didn't really know what was happening nor did I understand the various medical decisions that were made.  I am not criticising the treatment, if it had not been for medical staff my first born would not have survived, and I expect many parents can say that, but when I look back I was poorly equipped in my own knowledge of birth.

I am passionate that birthing individuals should know what's happening and why decisions are made during the birthing process, and this is my driving force as a Doula.

Every woman should know her strength.

The early days following birth can be tricky, establishing feeding, catching up on sleep and staring in wonder at the miracle that has just arrived.  Parents should be able to concentrate entirely on these 3 vital tasks - that's where a postnatal Doula is in her element.  Ensuring that while you and your baby get to know each other, the house doesn't fall into disarray and food is still provided, or you can get some sleep knowing your newborn is in safe hands.

Every parent needs time to adjust to the changes.

My Philosophy
My Training

Excerpt from the Transforming Fear Training

'A single metaphor can give birth to love'

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Although they do not always know it, women are endowed with an ancient wisdom and natural instinct for birthing, passed down through generations of female ancestors who have successfully given birth to their babies.

Courtesy of Lucy Hewitt - developer of this amazing technique.

A Doula reminds you to breath, and to eat, and drink, and to move.

DOULA TRAINING

BirthBliss Academy May 2019

Postnatal Care/non-medical Maternity Nursing

NEST Accredited Course - Distinction February 2019

TRANSFORMING FEAR - May 2020

I have completed training with the amazing Lucy Hewitt to help turn your fears into your dreams.  To turn your negatives into your positives and it works!  I can include it in your antenatal classes or it can be done as an extra.  Please speak to me for details.

A Doula provides reassurance to  you and your partner.  They will hold your space with respect, loyalty and integrity.

Carla Walsh

DOULA

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Address: Shaftesbury, Dorset, United Kingdom