I cannot recommend Lucretia highly enough. I firmly believe my labour would have been totally different without her gentle, skilled guidance and that she helped me achieve a calm, empowering and safe first birth experience.
I really appreciated how generous Lucretia was with her time before the birth, answering all my questions during home visits and making herself available at all hours on the phone or online. In the final weeks of pregnancy, she checked in on me regularly, which really helped ease my nerves.
During labour, she helped support my husband and I by advising on different labouring positions, offering reassurance and answering our many questions about what was going on. Even just having her there to say “Yes, that is normal” was of enormous comfort to me. She offered massage, supported me physically during contractions and help us decide when to make the move to hospital. Having her there really took the pressure off my husband and freed him up to support me emotionally.
I firmly believe that because of the reassurance and guidance offered by Lucretia, I was able to do most of the labouring in the comfort of my own home and arrived at hospital relaxed and fully dilated. If it wasn’t for Lucretia, I probably would have gone to hospital too early and faced the prospect of being told to go home or having to do most of the labouring in an unfamiliar environment.
At hospital, Lucretia helped with different labouring positions, fetched towels, and offered encouragement and positive feedback when I needed it most. After the baby was born, she even fed me blueberries while I lay in bed recovering! She put in a long night’s work, staying by my side from 10pm til 5am.
After my baby was born, she paid two visits to me at home for an excellent debrief of the birth experience and offering newborn support.
Having Lucretia as our doula made our first birth experience a wonderful, relaxed and joyous one and I recommend her to anyone planning to have a baby.
Sunanda Creagh, Kaho Cheung and Millie Cheung