Baby Olivia born in October, 2016
Place of Birth: Vincent Pallotti Hospital
A friend had recommended using the services of a doula for our birth. We had not given this too much thought but went to meet with Charlene and decided to go for it…..and boy am I glad we did!! Im now of the opinion that it is savage to go through normal labour without the service of a doula!
Charlene is one of those people you don’t come across too often in life – she is kind, considerate and has an enormous generosity of spirit – she does not stop giving!
We immediately trusted her to be part of this very private moment and she handled some of our very dark moments with the utmost of care and sensitivity.
Charlene was incredibly attentive to our needs…I received countless massages and not once did she wince – through my lengthly (to say the least) labour!!
We really had the A team at the birth of our daughter and I cannot thank Charlene enough for being part of it.
Charlene set up the labor room with essential oils, subtle lighting and meditation music so that it felt calm and tranquil, not bright and anxious. She ran baths for my wife and seemed to be administering a calming massage every few minutes! This is what I found truly wonderful about Charlene: Nothing was too much. She stayed with us for hour after hour until my daughter, Olivia, was born. She even stayed with us for a few hours after the birth to ensure Olivia was latching correctly and showed me how to have skin on skin cuddles with Olivia. We had a wonderful birth experience and I put that down to having Charlene join us. She is one of the most selfless people I have met and she will empower you (Mum & Dad!) to experience child birth as it should be: An incredible shared experience that will stay with you forever.’