• The Doulas

    Claire Keen

    I am a mother of four, two daughters & two sons, ranging between the ages of 2 to 18, currently living on the Suffolk / Norfolk border. I have a background in childminding & over the last ten years, I have owned a village store & post office. Having four children of my own & working closely in my communities I have seen first hand how having a wider support network can greatly improve all aspects of family life. I am a mentored birth & postnatal doula. I trained with BirthBliss Academy in July 2018. Being a doula means I’m there to offer emotional & physical support as well as…

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    Kayla Bainger

    I am a doula to support all women to birth their ideas and dreams and support them through the transitions of life. I hold space in different ways through the circle groups that I run Red Tent Norfolk and Red Tent Pregnancy Group. I have been holding space for women since 2014 and decided to set up Sacred Sisterhood in January 2017 to support women to feel heard, loved and accepted. I wanted to create a community for all women to connect together and draw strength from their stories and shared experiences.Services that I currently offer are 1:1 Mother Blessing Ceremonies and holding space in Red Tent circle groups.  I…

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    Paula Smithers

    My name is Paula and I have lived in Norfolk all my days ! I have two grown up sons, one of which still lives at home. My family are of great importance to me. As are my friends. I enjoy cooking , reading, music and walking ( which is a great MUST being the owner of three dogs!!)I offer shared care with a dear like minded , family focused friend , who is also in full time occupation. We work as a team as  this enables us to offer our lovely ladies 24/7 response to their needs.We both have the same family values and would like to help you…

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    Rachel Graveling

    I’m the mother of two wonderful young adults. I relax by singing, dancing and walking in nature and beside the sea.I became a doula over 20 years ago because, due to wonderful help from others, I had life changing and empowering birth experiences. I wanted to be part of the movement to return birth to the mother; where it belongs and is safest. I enjoy working with women and their partners to help them achieve their hopes and dreams but also to ensure that whatever happens, during birth, they are heard and respected. I have found from many years experience that couples benefit, during labour, from the presence of an…

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    Paula Cleary

    As a mother of five, experienced doula and homebirth campainer (I am the founder of Birthplace Matters, which successfully campaigned to have the homebirth service restored in Kings Lynn), I know first-hand what a difference it makes to receive loving, continuous support from a birth partner who really believes in you! My role as your doula encompasses different kinds of support… Psychological : helping you to build a positive birthing mindset Emotional – listening to you and exploring questions, feelings, fears if you wish to share them Practical – sometimes taking on practical things that need doing to free you up to focus on more important things Physical – being…

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    Siobhán Ridley

    Every path in my life has lead to becoming a doula. I have lived abroad, I have travelled, I have been a student, a support worker, an illustrator, a teacher, a wife, a mother and more besides. But each path has involved simply loving people and it wasn’t until I began my motherhood journey that I fully began to understand my purpose. Love is what I will bring to you when I support you. I want to walk through this part of your parenting journey with you, wrapping you in a warm blanket of care and nurture. How I do this is by truly listening to you; hearing your story,…