About Samantha Gadsden

A mother, a wife, a sister, a friend, an aunty, a shoulder to cry on and someone to celebrate life with, I live in my beautiful home in Maesycwmmer, in the South Wales Valleys, just outside Caerphilly.

Doulaing and empowering women are my passions. I firmly believe that all women deserve to be listened to and treated with dignity and respect, in all walks of life. Pregnancy, birth and the post natal period, can be the most vulnerable, most raw, most powerful and most primal time of a woman's life. The way we are treated at this time, how we birth and how we are treated while we birth and after birth, remain with us for the rest of our time on this earth.

My role is to support women and families to become empowered, to help them achieve the births they want and deserve, wherever and however that is, I believe in choice and honesty, so that women can make informed decisions about their births and achieve the birth for them, at home, in hospital, vaginally or by caesarean section.

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https://doula.org.uk/Whether it is a first or a fifth baby, it brings me great joy walk alongside pregnant women while they take this transformative path, for a part or for all of the journey.

With four of my own children, my personal journey has moved through birth trauma to ecstatic birth, I have personal and Doula experience of bottle feeding, tandem (and triandem) feeding, cloth nappies, baby wearing, natural term weaning and baby led weaning as well as one of my children being home educated.

An advocate of breast feeding as a biological norm, I do not judge those who do not feed this way. I aim to provide information that is lacking, my role is to support you in your feeding choices, without judgement.

As a doula I have worked with pregnancy and birth in many forms, at home and in hospital birth, freebirth and gentle caesarean and I work across a number of Welsh Trusts, Aneurin Bevin, Cardiff and Vale, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg and Cwm Taff and am also very experienced in providing feeding support.

A trained breast feeding peer supporter, I have supported nursing strikes and relatching. I also have excellent links to other birth workers in our area and can sign post you to further support if needed.

Having supported loss in all its forms, I am able to hold and support you in trauma and grief and I have also supported rainbow pregnancies and births.

I love taking photographs and am a keen amateur, (with a beautiful camera and lens), l have a real love of nature photography and photographing my children, for a small additional fee I can incorporate photography into your package.

In order to provide additional support to birthing women and new (and not so new) parents, I co-admin the Home Birth Chat Group UK, the Cardiff and Caerphilly Positive Birth and Parenting Groups and the South Wales Home Birth and Hopefuls and South Wales VBAC Groups and volunteer on the Maternity Services Liaison Committee.

My logo represents the magic I see in each woman and the new life growing inside her.