Leila Gardiner Surrey Birth and Postnatal Doula (mentored) in Reigate Surrey – Member of Doula UK

Leila Gardiner
PG Dip Obstetrics and Medical ultrasound
BSc (Hons) Radiography
Diploma in Hypnotherapy Foundation Certified Hypnobirthing childbirth educator
Member of Doula UK
Birth and Postnatal Doula (mentored)
Trained with Developing Doulas by Maddie MacMahon

About Me
I am now able to offer birth and postnatal doula (mentored, as I have recently joined Doula UK). This means that I have attended a training course approved by Doula UK and follow the Doula UK Philosophy and Code of Conduct.

I am passionate about support families being able to relax and enjoy their pregnancy and early parenting days together, while increasing their confidence and knowledge for the future. I feel that accompanying families through such a significant time is an enormous privilege. Every individual, family and situation is unique and as a result, being a Doula is a continuous learning process.

Postnatal doulas often describe their role as mothering the mother and providing guidance during the transition to motherhood/parenthood and following the birth of any additional children. Postnatal doulas aim to fulfil the role that extended family would have done in the past. This support is often unavailable now, as many family members live remotely from one another. Nurturing the mother supports her to be able to nurture her own child or children. Doulas provide practical and emotional support as well as information. They refer families to relevant resources and professionals to enable them to find solutions and make decisions that are right for them. Doulas do not provide clinical care or advice (even if qualified in a clinical role otherwise). The purpose is to empower women and families to care for themselves. The assistance provided is flexible and is determined by the needs of the mother, baby and family. Postnatal Doulas often work with a family for 6-8 weeks or more.

Research has shown that postnatal doula support:

•eases the transition to parenthood

•increases confidence

•improves successful breastfeeding rates

•decreases postnatal depression

All of these factors can have an impact upon the early days as a family and beyond. Also important is the fact that women personally chose their doula, so should feel comfortable with her.

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Benefits of Osteopathy in Pregnancy and Post-natally


Article Written by Laura Tilson Osteopath
BA (Hons) M.Ost DPO runs a clinic at Nutley Lane Osteopaths in Reigate for pregnant women and post-partum mums.

While pregnancy can be a joy for many women, it is not without its challenges. There are a number of postural and hormonal changes which put a huge demand on your body. Your joints, muscles and ligaments all adapt as your body changes and your baby grows. For some this can be a difficult and painful time.
When faced with these challenges some areas of your body may be able to cope better than others. Studies have shown that as many as 50-82% of pregnant women suffer from low back pain for example.
What is important is that you don’t suffer in silence, support is out there.

Osteopathy has been shown to be an effective treatment for low back pain during pregnancy. Some women also find that osteopathic treatment can help relieve other common symptoms of pregnancy such as indigestion, constipation, reflux and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Interestingly there is also evidence that getting support for the challenges of pregnancy can help you during labour and delivery. One study in the US showed that women who had received osteopathic care during pregnancy also had improved outcomes in labour and delivery and fewer required a forceps or caesarean delivery.

Laura Tilson BA (Hons) M.Ost DPO runs a clinic at Nutley Lane Osteopaths in Reigate for pregnant women and post-partum mums. She is specialised in paediatric and obstetric osteopathy. Please call 01737 224488 for more information.

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HypnoBirthing Benefits for A Caesarean Birth ..

Can HypnoBirthing be beneficial to someone who has special circumstances or who must have a C-section?

If you are facing a necessary Caesarean, HypnoBirthing® techniques will see you through in many ways. You don’t have to “go it alone”

Many HypnoBirthing mums, who have intervention, find that HypnoBirthing really helped – even if they were induced, or ended up with a caesarean. The aim of HypnoBirthing is not a completely pain-free and picture-perfect ‘natural’ birth (although in large number of low risk women that is possible). It is to have a calmer, easier, more comfortable birthing process – where you are in control of what you can control – and in a way that most mirrors your circumstances.

HypnoBirthing focuses on relaxation, bonding and the ways in which you can truly enjoy meeting your babies for the very first time. This can make a profound positive difference in the way you birth, and view your birth.

HypnoBirthing Is Beneficial to Mums Who Must Have A Caesarean — Written by Sharon Gourlay, Lancaster, Ohio:

As a mother who must have C-sections I used the HypnoBirthing® techniques throughout my pregnancies with my two daughters, Samantha and Isabella; and HypnoBirthing® helped me in several different ways:

Prenatal Bonding

HypnoBirthing® encouraged me to connect with my unborn child. After having several traumatic pregnancies I found it hard to bond with my baby. By singing, talking, and being consciously aware of my child I found a positive connection to my baby. I wasn’t living in the past I was engaging the present through various creative bonding techniques. HypnoBirthing® embraces the idea of prenatal bonding and this is helpful to ALL mothers.

Breathing Techniques

Why would I need to learn breathing techniques if having a C-section? The point of the breathing techniques for a mother having a C-section is to help slow the body down. Why do you want to do that? Nerves and stress can impact the mother’s ability to take anesthesia and impact her surgery. Using the breathing techniques can help facilitate the body accepting the anesthesia easily. It allows a Mom to relax and use hypnosis effectively. Breathing deeply can be a quick way to calm oneself to be consciously present in the moment without stress. This is an effective tool for parenting, breast-feeding, and life.

Rainbow Relaxation

The Rainbow Relaxation CD is the HypnoBirthing Program CD and it was created with the primary purpose of helping Mom to relax and be able to use her natural expulsive reflex. However, there are so many more ways in which the Rainbow CD is helpful. It can be used for prenatal bonding, getting better in tune with your body, and just relaxing. If you are relaxed before, during, and after surgery your recovery will be easier, quicker, and hopefully filled with less pain or no pain at all. Donald Curtis said “Relaxation means releasing all concern and tension and letting the natural order of life flow through one’s being”. The relaxation that this CD helps foster is a deep feeling of relaxation that is critical post birthing for being an effective parent and again with breast-feeding.

Birth Preferences

You might think, “I am having a Cesarean Section so I have no Birth Preferences, right?” That is not true at all. In HypnoBirthing® we go over all of the various areas that a vaginal birth preference document incorporates. There is no reason that the same principles used to create a vaginal birth plan cannot be used for a C-section birth (Pre-Admission, Admission, Prior to Surgery, Surgery, Recovery, and Baby Options). If you must have a C-section, we encourage you to research your options for anesthesia, surgery, and recovery. There is even a family friendly gentle C-section procedure that was developed in England for OB’s to use that mimics some of the sensations of a vaginal birth for the baby. We can provide you with that information to present to your doctor. Most of all we encourage open communication between you and your care providers. That includes your entire health team to include OB/GYN, Interns, Labor and Birthing Nurses, Anesthesiologist, and post care nurses.

Lovely birth.. The caesarean: a woman-centred technique

Fear Release

In HypnoBirthing® we incorporate a fear release session to help mothers to leave their fears behind and feel empowered going into their births. Just because you are having a C-section does not mean you cannot be empowered. Having a baby can cause parents to have some serious fears. If you couple those fears with that of the major surgery of a C-section you have a parents who are stressed, worried, and not relaxed to welcome their baby into the world. Doing the HypnoBirthing® fear release exercise can open communication up between couples, allow them an opportunity to resolve concerns, and participate in an exercise that helps them to release their fears. Through releasing these fears we are able to have parents who are calm and confident. This is a solid base to begin their adventure into parenting.

Knowledge and Education

Through taking the HypnoBirthing® class parents are encouraged to investigate their choices in birthing. They are taught how to ask questions of the birthing team in a respectful manner while being clear that the birthing energy is their own. They are good parents first before being “good patients”. Learning as much as possible is important when presented with a special circumstance or a surgical birth. Parents are exposed to options to help empower and educate them on alternative holistic approaches that can be beneficial. Some of these holistic approaches can include hypnotherapy, acupuncture, herbal remedies, prenatal massage, and even reiki.


Hypnotherapy can have a huge impact in helping a mother through a C-section and during recovery. Many HypnoBirthing practitioners are hypnotherapists themselves. This can help a mother in many ways. Parents who use hypnotherapy for pre- and post-surgery preparation find their anxiety is reduced. They are calm, and confident which promotes healing and a speedy recovery. Hypnosis will help to reduce pain and discomfort after surgery. It will help reduce bleeding during and after surgery, which is helpful for mothers recovering from birth. Many moms report that it reduces the need for postoperative drugs so they can breast feed without worry of drugs passing through to the baby. From a recovery perspective, I was able to walk after my C-sections between 3 and 5 hours after surgery. I had very little discomfort, and my incisions healed rapidly.

Every best wish!!

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Breastfeeding in Surrey

‎———- Breastfeeding ————————————————————————–

Every Breast-feed counts, education and support really can help make it more likely..

Hope you find the following of value …Once baby is born, after skin to skin, most healthy babies are able to crawl, and latch on and feed.

Here is a video about latching baby on correctly, one of the main keys to successful breast-feeding

The world health organisation ‘ WHO actively promotes breastfeeding as the best source of nourishment for infants and young children. This fact file explores the many benefits of the practice, and how robust help for mothers can increase breastfeeding worldwide.

Breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival. Optimal breastfeeding together with complementary feeding help prevent malnutrition and can save about a million child lives. WHO

‘Globally less than 40% of infants under six months of age are exclusively breastfed. Adequate breastfeeding support for mothers and families could save many young lives. ‘ – WHO

To Talk to a qualified breastfeeding counselor:

Breastfeeding Network 0300 100 0210

La Leche League Helpline 0845 120 2918

NCT Breastfeeding Helpline 0300 330 0771

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers Helpline 08444 122 94

Breast-feeding Redhill : support and Cafe
Contact: Sharon Bondonno, Children’s Centre Leader
Telephone: 0796 358 6314
Email: [email protected]
A baby cafe is where breastfeeding mothers can meet up in a relaxed environment and get some support. Partners/other family members welcome. This group is supported by the NCT, Earlswood Sure Start Children’s Centre, Surrey Community Health and the YMCA.

La Leche League Leatherhead. Mother-to-mother support for breastfeeding

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Homebirth in Surrey

Surrey Homebirth

We have set up a Surrey homebirth group, here is the facebook group .. feel free to join us… Surrey homebirth facebook group
If you are planning on a homebirth, here is some information that you may find of use on your journey to your homebirth.

Midwifery today
“The uplifting feeling a mum gets, having birthed in her own power, is unlike anything else in the world. Homebirth is the gold standard, God’s standard, and the highest standard of Birth possible. ” – Midwifery Today

Pool Hire
Birth pool hire, many couples have used, and recommended Water baby birthing pool hire

Practical Issues
Choosing, Installing, Filling and Maintaining the Pool – Is your floor strong enough?

Homebirth Dads
*1.In a home birth you are no longer relegated to the bench. *
*2. You’ll lose less hair and gain fewer wrinkles. *
*3. Home is where the heart is – not to mention cds, DVDs, the play station…*
*4. Say goodbye to the little things that kill *
*5. You don’t have to live the delivery room cliché of the hapless and scorned father*
*6. You are He-man of the home, you have the power! *
*7. You won’t have your surprised, fragile heart ripped out. * -.

Fantastic Homebirth Kits –

As the longest established supplier of homebirth equipment in the UK you can trust that we have all the bases covered to create a tranquil, peaceful and comforting environment for both mother, baby, and of course your families too.

Home-birth from a Dad’s perspective (Comedian Rob Bryden’s).

Home Birth stories in the media
Giving birth at home is rare but comforting. Home births: home born is best, Safe as houses: James Cracknell and his wife Beverley Turner with their new daughter, Kiki, who was born at home. ‘I would do it all again tomorrow,’ The Telegraph she says http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/women_shealth/7045021/Home-births-home-born-is-best.html
‘My baby’s home birth is best thing I’ve done’.

Home water HypnoBirth Story – First time Dad – Newbury 2011
“Dear Leila,
I think Katie has sent you a text message but just to let you know our daughter Vanille Mae was born on 2nd November 2011 at 09:40.
The Hypnobirthing really helped. Katie had a very quick labour – only 4 – 4.5 hours. I was able to (thanks to the post-hypnotic suggestions) relax her very quickly. This meant she was 6-7 cm dilated only 2 hours after her waters broke, Katie also had no contractions at all before her waters broke – we also used Clary Sage oil in massage for the week previous to the birth. Katie had no pain relief until the very last bit when she had some gas and air. There was a slight complication in that she had a post par tum haemorrhage – this meant she had to have the Oxytocin as there was a concern that the uterus was not contracting properly, she was not able to deliver the placenta naturally due to the blood loss and was transferred to hospital. We did have the water birth we planned so we were really satisfied with the birth – everything pretty much went according to plan, apart from the slight complication at the end.
One of the midwives was amazed at how relaxed and relatively pain-free Katie was and were even more surprised that she had a 9lb 9oz baby with absolutely no tearing or cutting needed whatsoever – so we definitely recommend the perineal massage! Katie feels the affirmations about the baby being the perfect size for her really helped as although Vanille is big compared to average sizes – she is the perfect size for us.
We were also very lucky as one of the midwives was experienced with Hypnosis and was therefore able to continue guiding Katie when I had to do something else like top-up the water in the pool. We were also lucky that this was the midwife Katie had been seeing at the surgery. This midwife also carried on the Hypnosis techniques when Katie was in hospital having the blood clots manually removed as I was looking after the baby and was following behind a short time later.
Vanille is a very calm contented baby, she responds well and is feeding very well so we are very pleased with things! One bonus of being the father AND Katie’s hypno-birthing companion is, Vanille also recognised my voice immediately following the birth and although she was fussing when the midwife was weighing her, she calmed down as soon as she was handed to me and heard my voice.
Just thought I would let you know we are very grateful for all the skills we learned in your classes and have started to apply them to the next stage – breastfeeding! Thank you again!
Kind Wishes,
Cliff, Katie & Vanille Iredale”

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“Everything — a horse, a vine — is created for some duty…For what task, then, were you yourself created?”

Happy Thursday everyone!!..

… 4 years and two days, after a life changing event… The Birth experience of my second son

I learnt that..

Using a potent combination of visualisation, affirmations, relaxation and hypnosis, our performance, can equal our potential … which is what made my birth so amazing, these are what are included in antenatal education classes called “HypnoBirthing”. I thought I’d share some positive thoughts and quotes :

“Thoughts become words. Words become actions. Actions become habits. Habits become character. And character becomes our destiny.”

“As we Nurture our mind with great thoughts, we will go as high as we can think.”

“Nothing happens to anybody which he/she is not fitted by nature to bear.”

“And isn’t it true for all of us, that when we are feeling lost, sad…it helps enormously to feel that the people closest to us are still our allies, are still able to see and love our essential self?”

“The past does not equal the future.”

“Everything — a horse, a vine — is created for some duty…For what task, then, were you yourself created?”

A persons’ true delight is to do the things he/she was made for. ― Marcus Aurelius

Lots of love, and powerful wishes to all xxx

Every best and happy birthing days

Leila xx

Positive Affirmations Video

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