Ren Stedman

I am a mentored birth and postnatal doula based in Histon, just north of Cambridge.

Becoming a parent can be the most wonderful time in our lives, but it can also be the most challenging.  I feel passionately about wanting to support parents on this amazing journey, helping to ensure that the magical times outweigh the bad.

It is well established that feeling in control is associated with positive birth experiences.   Should you choose me as your birth doula, I will be there to make sure that you feel heard, and in control, however and wherever you choose to give birth.   You can tell me about your dreams, your fears, and your plans for your baby’s birth.  I can help to ensure that you and your partner have the space and information you need to decide what you want to do at every step along the way.

I have previously volunteered as a Samaritan which taught me to truly listen to people without judgement- nothing you say is likely to shock me!  You (and your partner) are likely to experience a bewildering array of emotions in the coming months. Having somebody to talk to can be hugely beneficial to both parents.  I would love to be there for you both.

I had two very different experiences of birth when I had my own children.  Those births taught me that both our emotional state and our environment can radically affect our experience of childbirth.   It’s not necessarily that you need some clever strategy to distract you or help you manage the pain; there are simple steps you can take that can make your contractions more effective and less painful.  If you feel safe, warm and loved, oxytocin can flow, adrenaline can be reduced and your labour is likely to be shorter, less painful, and require less intervention..

There is a huge amount of advice thrust on new parents when it comes to feeding, sleeping, discipline and just about everything we do as parents.  Should you choose me as your postnatal doula, I will support you to trust your own instincts as you find your way as a new parent.  I can offer practical help as well as much needed emotional support.  There is no time-limit for when you can hire a postnatal doula- I am happy to help families beyond the infancy stage, perhaps when there is a change in your circumstances, or at any stage of your parenting journey when things feel overwhelming.

So many women feel painfully alone during the transition to motherhood.  I don’t want that for you.  Get in touch if you’d like to find out whether I might be the right doula for you.

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