Using her own time, through social media, her working role, her knowledge, she tries to ensure women get to make informed choices.
Where she can, she supports women as much as possible to have what they want and encourages them to think for themselves.
She runs classes and tries to fill them.
She appreciates the local Doulas, being comfortable with the service and benefits they bring to birthing women. That doesn’t mean that she always shares the same view, but differences of opinion are respected on both sides.
She is my friend and my go to with any questions I would like am honest medical opinion on – I trust the answers she gives me.
One client I had was really worried about post natal depression, she has given me permission to share this story. It was my first taste of how things have to be right for birth to work for some women. I had initially turned this client down, as I was in Ireland for the first part of my usual on call period, but she said she would wait.
She formed a real bond with myself and her midwife.
And wait she did, I had just got home and into bed, literally in the wee small hours of the morning, when the phone rang, maybe an hour after we got in. I got back out of bed and went to my client, who was in the early stages, waters just broken.
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I ran her a bath, kept her company, put some flowers and herbs from her garden in the bath and shot some photos for her.
As things progressed, 2 midwives arrived, lovely as they were, they were strangers, my client asked me to text the midwife she had developed a relationship with (we are friends and I knew it would be welcome).
“Tell her I am doing my best to come” she replied. So I did – and that woman’s face lit up. It was like someone has switched a light of pure happiness on inside her. She was so pleased to know this midwife was swapping shifts, changing her childcare and coming to her birth, she did not have to – but she did – for the love and support of this birthing woman.
Thrilled doesn’t start to cover it.
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With the arrival of this midwife things carried on progressing beautifully. One exam – 8 cms, not long, “I know it feels like I can’t do it but I can, I can do it” she declared and she birthed her baby – closely followed by the placenta.
This is what midwives should be allowed to do – provide one to one women centred care – as much as she can this woman does and she is – the midwife who goes above and beyond the call of duty.
Doulas and midwives can work in synchronicity to support the birthing woman and her partner – this is birth as it should be.
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Samantha Gadsden walks with women on their life’s journeys. She is an experienced Doula, based close to Cardiff in South Wales, mother to 4 children and wife to Eddie, more information can be found on her facebook page, Samantha Gadsden Doula and her website, Caerphilly Doula. SOS Doula, Telephone and online support is always available.
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