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Pregnancies with Multiples & Singletons

Sarah Hawkins, Doula based in Cheddar, UK

All About Sarah!

My Story

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A little about me and why am I a Doula which I hope goes some way to give you some indication about what kind of person I am. 


I now live in deepest darkest Somerset, but was born and raised in south east London. My childhood was fairly chaotic and eventually I was raised by my Grandmother, an Eastend, silver service waitress of Irish descent. 


I am incredibly proud of my ancestry and working class roots. I learned so much from my grandmother in terms of how to be a mother, and a non-judgemental confidant and loyal friend.


I studied drama at college, then cultural studies and fashion imagery at university, so while I sound much like Nancy from Oliver I can recite Shakespeare, and discuss fashion, art and politics, though the latter I do try to avoid. I also speak a little Spanglish but my mother tongue is the colourful, expressive and poetic language of Cockney London.


My love language is food and connection both of which feature a lot in all my relationships particularly in my role as a doula. I appreciate the work of Dr Gabor Mate and he Says "Safety is not the absence of fear but the presence of connection." I fully believe that Connection between humans is vital, especially in the worId as it is and while trying to navigate systems within it.


I have been an advocate for many years in many capacities and I am comfortable doing so even in complex and difficult situations.


I had my first child, my son, when I was 22 and this was my first experience with a Doula. I wish she had been at my birth because after I felt like I had been hit by a bus. I was so traumatised that I thought I'd never have more children even though being a mother is my favorite thing in the world. My Doula had however imparted true wisdom with him around breast feeding that I peacefully allowed my son to instinctively initiate our successful breastfeeding journey.


Thirteen years later I fell pregnant again and was blessed with identical twin girls. What a roller-coaster twin pregnancy is! With the support of a Doula and independent midwife we got through it in one piece. Albeit they were born at 32 weeks and with three weeks spent in NICU. 


My last born was another girl, at home with only my partner and a friend present.


These four births have been invaluable in understanding the very real need for medical intervention against no evidence to support the need for medical intervention. 


I have unfortunately experienced 5 pregnancies that did not result in live births: three through the tragedy of miscarriage and two terminations.


I strongly support autonomy in pregnancy and choice.


Your pregnancy is your Journey and I am there to help you navigate in a way that feels safe and right for you.


Book a call with me if you feel this sounds like the back-story of the Doula you feel you deserve.  If not just to hear me recite some Shakespeare…