Introducing Sue Adcock, BirthBliss Doula Of The Month, February 2018.
I live in West Berkshire and have been working as a doula now for two and a half years. I have two children and three grandchildren. I am a Doula UK recognised birth and postnatal doula.
What inspired you to become a doula?
A secret passion to become a midwife! I know now that I should have followed this passion but it never seemed to be the right time. Now I’m a doula, enjoying supporting women having babies with none of the responsibility of a midwife.
What did you do for a living before becoming a doula and if so, how has this helped you when working as a doula?
Before I was a doula I was a PA for a pharmaceutical company, a local comprehensive school and a paper mill. I think my organisational skills, my communication skills and my ability to speak positively to all kinds of people have really helped me.
What has been the highlight of your doula career so far?
Home water birth - it was so inspiring, calm and amazing.
What have you found the most difficult?
Setting boundaries with one particular client who was quite challenging!
Can you share one lesson you have learnt through your work as a doula?
Always be yourself and never underestimate how much knowledge you actually have.
What is the one essential item you can't be without in your doula kit?
For my clients it’s my TENS machine! It has been used so many times! For me, it’s my toothbrush and mouthwash!
And finally, what would be your one piece of advice to a woman who is considering training as a doula?
Go for it! It’s an amazing thing to do.
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Kicki Hansard is a member of Doula UK, however any opinions expressed on this blog are personal views and not necessarily the view of Doula UK.