mamas share what having my support, meant to them
In this uncertain time, more than ever, we need a Lorraine in our lives!
I had my first child prior to ‘mama2mama’ but even at that time her messages and support as I navigated through first time motherhood, were invaluable. mama2mama continues to comfort me and other new mamas and mamas to be. Thank you!
Camilla Ann Hoare
Lorraine has been my guardian angel during my first pregnancy. In addition to this being my first baby, I was also battling a chronic illness and was therefore booked in for a planned c-section. Although the midwives and specialists spoke with me about my options, they were very top line and factual. Lorraine gave me so much more than practical support; she helped my anxiety throughout pregnancy and helped me to prepare for my daughter's birth. She shared with me coping techniques and told me about practices I didn’t know existed and I was totally unaware they were available to me. She provided me with information on breast feeding, my birthing options during a caesarean and even practicalities to help with my chronic pain during pregnancy. She was a calm and reassuring presence throughout a time that I felt very vulnerable, frightened and confused. It was so lovely to know I had someone I could turn to.
Due to previous illnesses my pregnancy wasn’t straight forward but I knew that whenever I needed support or simply someone to sit and talk to, I could go straight to Lorraine.
Although I expected a very clinical birth through caesarean, Lorraine ensured I didn’t miss out on any important and special moments such as gentle birthing and skin to skin. I didn’t think I would have any positive memories of my pregnancy or birth but with Lorraine’s enthusiasm, knowledge and encouragement I can look back and smile!
Lorraine’s kindness, support and care haven’t stopped now baby has arrived. She will always check in on me, offer support and bring happiness and positivity to what can sometimes feel like a very lonely world!
Before this pregnancy I was unaware that I needed any additional support but now I know that everyone needs a Lorraine!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
I was first introduced to Lorraine and the idea of a doula by a family friend during the Covid 19 pandemic. I was unsure as to what a doula was and how Lorraine could actually be a virtual help to me and my partner during the later stages of pregnancy and the birth of my second child.
My first contact with Lorraine was over the phone. She instantly made me feel at ease and as though we had known each other for a long time. I felt very comfortable answering her questions and discussing my birth plan / arrangement with her from day one. I was very happy and eager to continue with her support after our first initial phone call.
I knew from previous experience that my support would be of better use after the birth of my son; I was booked in for my second elective caesarean on the 17th April so I knew what was going to happen during that time.
My biggest worry was that I would have no support from family or friends due to lockdown rules, so anxiety was at a very high level. I also suffered with postnatal depression after I had my eldest son, who is now three-and-a-half.
Lorraine very quickly got in touch with my local hospital and found out the Covid-19 guidelines and sent them as regularly as they were updated; to keep my mind at ease. There was nothing that she couldn't or wouldn't do to help me in my situation.
She set some dates and times for our video calls for when I thought I would specifically need them the most. I could also text / WhatsApp her at any time and she would always get back to me when she was available. This made me feel very at ease and as though I had an extra hand helping out.
Our regular video calls soon started to feel like a coffee with a friend. Lorraine is the most considerate, understanding, and down-to-earth person you could ever wish to have at the end of the phone, especially after going through such a strange time with unusual circumstances.
She made notes on our conversations which ensured that she didn't miss any of my concerns or questions and that she could respond to me with answers / guidelines or any help at all as quickly and effectively as possible. I would always receive an email with updates on the questions that I had asked her during our chats.
I found Lorraine to be extremely personable and professional and at times she was able to help melt my troubles and anxieties away. Tuesdays and Thursdays became my favourite days of the week because it meant that I could chat about my daily life as a new mum of two without any judgement or feeling like I was saying the wrong thing. I felt so comfortable and uplifted after every call.
I honestly would say that without Lorraine's virtual support, my pre- and post-birth experiences would have been very different. I really believe that I found a friend, confidant, and safe place in the time I spent with Lorraine. I definitely could not recommend her help and services as a doula enough.
Even through virtual means, it feels like she is there to help you with anything at all. I am genuinely so grateful for the time she gave me and the invaluable advice I have taken away from my experiences with her. I felt empowered to be stronger during a very emotional time and Lorraine helped me feel extremely grounded when my emotions of having a new born, and lockdown restrictions, were sky high and could have easily led me into feeling depressed like after my previous birth experience.
I could not be more thankful for Lorraine, she truly is an angel and I could not recommend her enough to be part of anyone’s pregnancy journey. She is such a special person to offer her help to mum's during this difficult time.
Thank you, Lorraine, with all my heart. X