I’m Lauren, mum to two young sons, and a radical birth keeper living in South Manchester. Likely to be found playing the piano or eating vegan ice cream at Ice Shack with Elle! I am a lover of rainbows, crochet, doodling, having adventures with my boys, and of course all things to do with pregnancy, birth and motherhood.
Why am I a doula?
I was always meant to be a doula, it’s just who I am! However like most doulas, I discovered this work through my own experiences of becoming a mother. My journey to motherhood was unfortunately not an easy one. After traumatic losses in my first three pregnancies, my pregnancy with my first son was one full of fear and anxiety. Although I had the beautiful home birth I had planned and hoped for, I knew I wanted more support in the future. Second time around I had an equally beautiful home birth with the addition of a birth doula. Although the experience was not exactly as I had imagined, I could see how valuable doulas could be. I knew that I wanted to be able to offer that support to other women and their families.
Things that matter
Both my children were born at home, and whilst I had two beautiful natural home births, what I am really passionate about is not natural birth but positive birth! I care that women are respected enough to make informed choices, and are truly supported in their decisions so they can feel empowered by a positive experience. I care that you have a support network of people who feel confident and involved so that they can support you in the best way possible. I care that after your experience, you feel self-assured, confident and supported.
I specialise in supporting women who choose to birth outside of the system through wild pregnancy and freebirth.
How might I support you?
My role as your doula is entirely guided by you and your needs, and wherever the road turns I will be ready to encourage and support you throughout your reproductive journey. I won’t judge and will hold space for whatever you need me to hold space for. What matters most is that you had all the information and support you needed to make the right decisions for you and your baby so your experience can be a positive one.
I’d love to chat more so if you think you could benefit from our support please get in touch!
My other hats!
As well as being a full spectrum doula and a mother to my boys, I support women in traumatic birth recovery and am also a trained babywearing peer supporter. Throughout the month I accompany Elle & Amy at Women Reclaiming Birth Circle, The Wild Mothering Circle, and South Manchester Home Birth Group meets. I also run my own business Poco Bambino, making ethical bits and bobs for your little ones!
Feel free to follow me, @lorithedoula on instagram