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“Working with Carly for the birth of our first child was one of the best decisions and investments on our journey to parenthood.”

We met with a few different doulas before meeting Carly and it was clear from the start that Carly’s warm nature, professional and personal experiences, and crystal-clear communications were exactly what we were looking for.

The pre-birth sessions with Carly were very practical and informative, which helped settle our minds. She came armed with useful knowledge, tips and even a template that we used for our birth plan.

When we went into labour it was great to have Carly at the end of the phone to discuss and provide guidance on breathing and pain management strategies. Carly was right there by our side when we had to leave for the hospital, providing a reassuring voice and an extra pair of hands to help with things like navigating the taxi and helping with our hospital bags. Once we were admitted, Carly’s presence as our birth partner was truly invaluable. Words really can’t express how much Carly helped us manage the labour highs and lows! She was brilliant as our birth advocate and helped us cope with the labour pains in the birthing pool – even providing a sturdy hand to hold. When things didn’t go quite as planned in the birthing centre, Carly kept us calm and provided continuity of support in the labour ward.

When we were finally able to go home with our newborn daughter, Carly was right there, helping to debrief on the birth and to provide fantastic advice on sleeping and breastfeeding. 

Carly brought a sensitive, calming and practical presence to our birthing journey and her experience – both professionally as a doula and personally as a mother of three – was clear from the start of our work together. We felt calm and more knowledgeable, which was helpful for both of us but for Dom, in particular. We would highly recommend Carly to anyone looking for birth doula.”

Julles, Dom & little Lulu


“Sam: “Carly was an amazing source of support through my pregnancy and birth. I got to know her through her pregnancy yoga classes, which were a highlight of my week as they gave me space to really focus on myself and my baby. Being a bit worried that Neil wouldn’t make it through the whole birth as my birth partner, I got talking to Carly about the role of a doula and it completely fit our situation. She was a constant, calming presence during the pregnancy and through a couple of false starts (overreacting first-time mum!) and was a huge part of the birth itself.

She came with us to the hospital and throughout not only helped me to maintain my focus on my breath and all of the things I had learnt in preparation but also helped Neil to be an incredible birth partner as he knew he had the ultimate backup if anything were to go wrong! 

Neil: With an unfortunate history of fainting, I was worried whether or not I’d be able to stay conscious during the birth of our daughter and be there to support my Sam. Having Carly as doula in the run-up to the day and throughout the labour was a great comfort. She was a calming influence and a huge help, enabling me to be completely present and welcome Millie into the world. I would recommend Carly to anyone in a similar situation.”

Sam & Neil

“SOME FRIENDS HAD TOLD US THAT THE BEST PRENATAL PREPARATION THEY DID WAS CARLY’S ‘YOGA FOR BIRTH’ CLASS. WE SIGNED UP AND FOUND IT EXCELLENT.”

Chris: “The class was pitched just right for us, with a balance between the theory/physiology of what happens in the different stages of birth and what positions and breathing exercises would help.We had briefly talked about having a doula and after the session we both thought that Carly would be perfect for us. We liked her relaxed and pragmatic style and she was clearly very knowledgeable. We feel so lucky to have made this choice.

Meeting Carly before and after the birth was really helpful and her presence on the day of birth was invaluable. She was a rock for us. During the early labour we were nervous as we didn’t know if things were going as they should. Carly was so reassuring and calming. I was able to focus on supporting Lizzy, helping her concentrate on her breathing and massaging her through contractions. Carly supported us both, ensuring we kept hydrated, and talking us through any decisions that needed to be made.

Carly had the perfect sense of when to help and when to leave us to it.

She knew our birth plan and was able to answer the midwife’s questions, letting us stay focussed. I expected the birth to be stressful and traumatic, it was neither. Carly helped keep us calm and so a lot more present in the moment, which made it a really positive experience for us both. My wife’s labour was straightforward and I think Carly’s support played a big part in this. I am very grateful that she was able to be our doula”

Lizzie: “When I was pregnant, I thought about having a doula but wasn’t sure how to find the right person to share such an intimate life experience with. Thankfully, when I met Carly I knew straight away that her calm, grounded manner and knowledgeable professionalism would make her the perfect person to accompany us through our baby’s birth. After a complicated pregnancy, I was anxious about the birth itself. Carly helped us write a birth plan, suggesting things to think about and talking us through different options. As a result, I felt a lot more confident, even when I went into labour 3 weeks early!

When I arrived at hospital I spent some time on an antenatal ward as I was not yet in established labour. I am so glad Carly was there, as there weren’t many midwives around and we would otherwise have been left to our own devices. Carly reassured us as the contractions got stronger, liaised with the midwife to make sure I was given gas and air when I needed it and ensured I was moved to the labour ward at the right time. She even got food and drinks for my husband when we needed them.

Once on the labour ward, Carly worked as a team with our midwife and my husband, complementing the midwife’s role and keeping us calm throughout. I am immensely grateful that my daughter’s entrance to the world was uncomplicated and the beginning of our life as a family was natural and gentle, particularly as the pregnancy had been so difficult. It was very helpful to have a debrief with her a week or two after the birth to process the experience, something lots of Mums don’t have the opportunity to do but is really important.

I think back on the birth as a really positive experience and I credit Carly with that. I think she is a natural doula and I have recommended her to lots of my friends.

Chris & Lizzie

“Carly supported my partner and me through my extremely long and difficult labour…

…She remained warm, calm, thoughtful and attentive throughout”

Jess & Ollie

Testimonials

“I’m so grateful to Carly for her hypnobirthing course. I’ll admit that before my partner and I did it, we were slightly sceptical, but I was a nervous wreck at the thought of labour, so I thought there was nothing to lose! The course itself was great and really addressed all of my concerns. Afterwards, I was genuinely so relaxed for the rest of my pregnancy, like a new person.

Carly has such a calming presence and we really liked that she wasn’t dogmatic, instead helping me to build confidence whatever the outcome of my birth, which I definitely did. I CAN’T THANK HER ENOUGH!”

Nush & Sam


“Carly is amazing! She is very knowledgeable and is happy to share her knowledge whilst recognising that there are as many birth experiences as there are mothers.

Her yoga classes are friendly and informative. They are a great preparation for birth physically but also give you an opportunity to connect with your unborn baby, provide a valuable hour of “you time” and meet other mums-to-be”

Rachel


“I was a huge fan of Carly’s pregnancy yoga class! It complimented the reading I was doing around hypnobirthing, learning breathing techniques and active labour positions, which I was able to practice in my own time. In addition, her support and advice when I was having problems with PGP was super valuable – she adapted the class for me every week to accommodate my painful pelvis!

I was able to apply all the skills I learned when in labour and had a very positive birth experience! THANK YOU, CARLY!”
Charlotte


“Carly helped build my confidence on an emotional level, to put my first experience of breastfeeding behind me, and to see that breastfeeding could be easy and an enjoyable experience for both me and my baby”
Zoe


“It felt like Carly and my husband were my teammates during birth. Carly facilitated my husband to be fully there for me and relieved some of the anxieties that might have made it harder for him”

Fran & Ben


“Carly taught me so much throughout pregnancy yoga. The golden thread breath was very helpful as well as some of the gentle exercises that I managed to do at home. I managed to stay calm and focused for the most part of my labour, which I think is thanks to you”
Paulina


“I was able to be nice and active for much of the first stage of labour, and the moves and ideas from your yoga classes really helped – thank you!”
Jen


 

“CARLY’S PREGNANCY YOGA CLASSES HAVE BEEN MY SAVING GRACE THROUGH ALL TRIMESTERS OF MY PREGNANCY AS A FIRST-TIME MOM. I TOOK ONE IN-PERSON CLASS WITH HER BEFORE THE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN AND ALL THE REST OF THE CLASSES HAVE BEEN ONLINE, WHICH HAS WORKED PERFECTLY.

I’ve been able to keep active throughout my pregnancy at a time when I didn’t feel safe to exercise outside every day. Her online teaching has been visually and audibly clear and consistent, and most importantly, I’ve learned very practical positions for labour and childbirth, as well as states-of-mind, visualisations and breathing techniques which I feel have directly prepared me for the big day. With the added mummy discussions at the end of each class, I’ve gotten ALOT more out of her yoga classes than I thought I would. I can’t imagine surviving pregnancy during a pandemic without her classes!

I was so impressed with her knowledge, that my partner and I enrolled in her online antenatal and Hypnobirthing course as well. Over 4 weeks, we learned all about the practical process of labour and childbirth, couples positions for labour and hypnobirthing techniques (with the aid of digital reading materials).

The online classes worked remarkably well and gave my partner and me confidence in the knowledge and respect of our own wishes as first-time parents that we didn’t have before.

She really empowered us with information and her knowledge as a doula, mum and yoga teacher of many years. My partner is particularly relaxed now in how he’ll support me on the big day, which puts me further at ease.

CARLY IS A GENEROUS TEACHER AND WE’RE SO GRATEFUL. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER CLASSES AND COURSES, ONLINE OR OTHERWISE!

Kamala


“Carly was both my pre and post natal yoga instructor, and I feel blessed to have had her on my journey as a first time mum.

Her knowledge and experience shines through in each session and her ability to instil a sense of calm is second to none.

The breathing and visualisation techniques I learnt with her helped me immensely during my labour and even now in day to day life. I’ll forever be grateful to Carly for teaching me these skills, she truly is invaluable”

Hannah


“Carly’s pregnancy yoga classes were something i looked forward to every week and were great for preparing for birth both physically and mentally.
As well as lots of movements that helped to relax the body and that would be useful during labour, she also gave lots of helpful advice during the classes.

A really positive person to know during pregnancy!”

Christina


“The perfect homebirth I hoped for ended in a c-section and I couldn’t have got through it without Carly’s support“

Davina & Jonathan


 

“THANKS FOR EVERYTHING OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS. THE YOGA CLASSES HAVE BEEN AMAZING AND HAVE REALLY HELPED ME FEEL READY FOR BIRTH.

Joanne