Place of Birth: Kommetjie Home-birth
Birth Date: Taylor Skye Sutherland, born on October 5, 2013 weighing 4.89kg.
We did the HypnoBirthing course with Charlene and we thoroughly enjoyed it, learning so much about the birthing process and what fear does to the body.
Charlene was an excellent instructor and my husband and I felt lost once the course was over, as we had developed such a connection with Charlene during the course, and felt so comfortable with her.
We had made the decision to have a home birth, and my husband and I felt like it would be comforting to have a doula with us at home and to guide us through the process as this was our first baby … And it was such great news when we found out that Charlene was available for the birth! It just seemed like it was meant to be.
Charlene was such an attentive doula…The evening that I went into labour I called her and she came as soon as she could… My husband was doing the best he could , but as soon as Charlene walked in the door I was so relieved. She came with her bag of tricks , set the scene with candles, dimmed the lights – everything that we had discussed previously…. To say she was amazing would be an understatement… She did everything she could to make me feel relaxed throughout my labour.
She also encouraged me, using HypnoBirthing, which worked amazingly… To this day I still believe that if it wasn’t for the support and encouragement I had from Charlene during my labour , I would not have achieved the natural home-birth that my husband and I wanted!