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More! of What Clients Say

Stories and experiences from over 1000 births.

 

Introducing some more of the members of our Ideal Birth family ...

 

Jane, Gavin Baby Holly October 2016 Baby Lachlan 2018

Cheryl has supported us through 2 drug free labours.

 

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Luke...father of baby Alex July 2018

Cheryl changed our whole experience of childbirth.

 

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Susie, Luke and baby Alex July 2018

Cheryl has such a gentle but confident manner, I trusted her implicitly as did my husband to support us through something that was completely unknown to us.

 

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Holly, Scott and baby Hugo July 2018

I am so proud of my vbac and I know it was my own inner strength that got me there, but having a doula who can help create the right environment within the medical model meant I could just focus on giving birth, and my husband could also just be in the moment with me.

 

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Sophie, Dale and baby Alma June 2018

Cheryl was with us during the whole birth...30 hours

 

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Sarah, Alex and baby Henry March 2018

Cheryl is a wonderful addition to any birth team.

 

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Catherine, Sean and baby Layla February 2018

"At almost 42 weeks the doctors wanted to induce me but I declined."

 

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Gayle, Derek and baby Eilidh January 2017

I also felt having Cheryl there kept it real, I got a different view other than what I heard during antenatal appointments.

 

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Jess, David and baby Georgie May 2018

The statistics on the benefits of doulas really do speak for themselves. You cannot discount the value and comfort of having another woman with you that has so much wisdom and experience around birth.

 

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Kym, Kieran and baby Hugo April 2018

Our two ideal births were thanks to having Cheryl on board.

 

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Renee, Lincoln and baby Ethan March 2018

Having Cheryl as an advocate was our best decision.

 

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Melody, Michael and baby Magnolia Feb 2018

I felt safe and informed and my husband felt supported all throughout my labour.

 

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Kirsty, Cam and baby Edie December 2017

I feel blessed that I found Cheryl and she was able to support me throughout the process, both physically and emotionally.

 

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Christina, William and baby Cyra February 2018

Cheryl worked flawlessly with the hospital midwives. At no point did I feel scared or not listened to by Cheryl.

 

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Cindy, Charles and baby Amber December 2017

I can genuinely look back at the birth of our beautiful daughter with no regrets.

 

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Caroline, Jamie and baby Oliver November 2017

Cheryl's support and advice started as soon as we enquired about her services even though we were two months pregnant and living overseas at the time.

 

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Susheel, Hemesh and baby Arjan October 2017

Cheryl was our buffer and knowing she was there while birthing gave us both peace of mind and made me feel safe.

 

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Toni, Richard and baby Theodora September 2017 A dads perspective.

"I didn't even know how to spell doula. I googled it and felt like my job was being replaced."

 

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Ann, Alex and baby Theodore November 2017

Cheryl's support of my husband and myself allowed us to be happy with our decisions and work with what we had in front of us - which was nothing like our plans - but still in the end was an Ideal Birth.

 

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Cherie, Leland and baby Diwa November 2017

Cheryl had helped emotionally support myself and my husband, helped us stay 'in the zone' while the medical professionals did what they needed to do - and we had our drug free VBAC birth

 

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Dessi, Ben and baby Alexander July 2017 Ben's perspective.

"Cheryl was the only baby-related-professional we've seen., ever, who half way through a meeting with my wife turned to me and asked (actually asked, not small talk) - so, how are you doing with all this? I hadn't even asked myself the question. What it showed me that her visibility was far greater than my wife. It is the first time my emotional and psychological needs were ever considered even by me."

 

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Adriana and baby Xavier at 8 months

Cheryl was my birth coach, that person in my corner who believed in me (long before I believed in myself) who on the day intuitively knew what I needed.

 

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Danielle, John and baby Jules

Wedding planners and birth planners....we have so much in common.

 

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Danielle, John and baby Jules June 2017

"Cheryl was worth her weight in gold and in hindsight I would have paid double for her service" - John

 

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Rhiannon, Dave and baby Beth July 2017

We had so hoped and with the help of Cheryl, fully prepared for a natural birth but our birth plan changed late on...

 

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Rebecca, Ben and baby Vivian May 2017

Cheryl's known in the field as one of, if not the best doulas in Brisbane, with obstetricians and midwives happy to work alongside her.

 

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Catherine, Craig and baby Chester June 2017

We had planned for a calm water birth, but events took an unplanned change of direction! Instead of being stressed about this, with Cheryl's assistance I was able to remain calm and positive...

 

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Marcella, Shane and baby Samuel April 2017

"I am an emotional person and the extra support from Cheryl really helped me."
The transformation in Marcella from the first moment I met her until the day she held her newborn baby Samuel was truly remarkable. I'm not surprised they are cruising through their 4th trimester and enjoying getting to know each other and having fun.

 

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Elna, Dale and baby Liam December 2016

Cheryl's caring nature and wealth of experience provided us with the information we needed to make educated decisions.

 

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Adriana, Marcus and baby Xavier February 2017

Whenever I think back on my labour I smile

 

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Rosie, Gobes and baby Eleanor December 2016

Cheryl's light touch massage was so wonderful and calming - her hands are worth her fee alone.

 

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Carmen, Rob and baby Elijah December 2016

Cheryl was instrumental in ensuring that we had the natural birth we were hoping for despite the many unpredictable twists and turns that unfolded.

 

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Brooke, Richie and baby Georgia October 2016

From her advice in the early days with finding a VBAC supportive obstetrician, to helping me prepare mentally for labour, to the awesome support at the birth itself, Cheryl was invaluable every step of the way.

 

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Samantha, Steve and baby Asher July 2016

Without Cheryl’s support, confidence, expertise and her amazing ability to lovingly hold a sacred space for birth within a hospital environment, I would not have achieved my beautiful intervention free, drug free birth.

 

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Thania, Trent and Ari August 2016

"We could not have had this type of birth without the support of Cheryl, who walked alongside us through the pregnancy, middle of the night visits to the pregnancy assessment unit and an overall 66 hour labour."

 

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Tonya and baby Harlan

...I knew I had to find a way to rid this fear so my bigger fear of never experiencing motherhood didn't become a reality.

 

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Chloe, Jono and baby Gracie January 2016

Well, once again Cheryl's doula services and supportive friendship was invaluable during our second pregnancy and the birth of our baby girl, Gracie.

 

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Carly, Alex and baby Isla February 2016

 

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Penny, Mark and baby Ardie January 2016

Your kind and gentle presence was the perfect comfort and reassurance for both myself and Mark, we are so grateful. You are passionate and genuine and we are so grateful to have met you and shared this experience with you.

 

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Nicole and Riaz baby Aliya

While we had prepared well for our birth by doing a hypnobirthing course, reading a lot and getting a private midwife, my husband and I both feel we couldn't have done it as confidently and easily if it hadn't been for Cheryl.

 

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Lynn, Aaron, Nate 2013 Joshua 2015

One amazing thing happened that night; I had a hospital birth without any internal assessments. No attempt to mark active labour, I'm not even sure anyone noted the time I hit transition. I trusted my body and my baby and together they got it so right!

 

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Elizabeth, James, Noah (2008), Holly (2013), James (2015)

Cheryl is one of those amazing people who is living and breathing her passion. 7 years ago I had never heard of a doula. I wanted an intervention and drug free natural birth within a hospital setting, an idea which I was soon to discover was almost laughable.

 

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Sara, Jason and baby Vander

… even though we couldn't really afford a doula, we also couldn't afford not to as there was so much fear surrounding giving birth naturally again. Having a doula is not something I felt like I deserved but as time went on I had to let go of this. I now believe that every woman deserves a birth partner.

 

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Eva, David, Chloe and William

My baby was in a posterior position throughout my labour which meant that the pushing phase was particularly challenging. Cheryl's calm, knowing presence assisted us in remaining calm and relaxed and able to focus on drug-free pain management strategies.

 

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Rebecca, Turei and baby Kymani

When I found out I was pregnant with our first child, a girlfriend recommended I contact Cheryl for doula support. I’d never heard of a doula before, and knew of no-one else who’d used one with their pregnancies. After a little research I was intrigued to know more, because positive birth stories amongst our friends and family were rare and the idea that we wanted a drug free calm birth was most often laughed at.

 

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Mel, Richard, Edward and Alister

The skills we gained via Cheryl will serve us well in life and in the years of raising our boys. She taught us how to negotiate within the healthcare system and how to get a positive outcome and have our views heard.

 

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Em, Hugh and Marlowe

After being accepted into the birth centre at RBWH I was a little unsure thinking we were going overboard hiring a doula as we already had a team of 3 midwives; looking back I am so happy we did. The midwives were great but having that having a Doula really tied everything together.

 

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Juliana, Darren and baby Bianca

July 2014
At one point some really tough decisions had to be a made as Juliana was in labour for many hours without progressing; she was exhausted and many options were being offered to us. At those times it was particularly invaluable to have Cheryl there to guide us and make sure we were informed and happy with our decisions.

 

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Emma, Ben, Hudson, Ewan and Georgia

What Cheryl offers is so much more than just having someone there holding your hand. The advice and support that Cheryl gave before, during and after the birth helped put me in the best frame of mind and I truly believe I was then able to have the birth I had hoped for...

 

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Kimberly

I had a horrid time with obstetricians prior to Edith's birth, with doctors adamant I book in an induction from 39weeks with no medical reason besides scheduling. I was bullied, called a 'problem', informed many times I was killing my baby, and told because I had a birth plan I was setting myself up for a terrible birth.

 

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Bronwyn, Glenn, Sam and Oliver

I am so proud of the work I did to birth our children and I fully credit Cheryl's support for ensuring that these births were all that I wanted them to be…

 

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Catherine, Sean and baby Owen

…What all this potential ‘help’ failed to do was acknowledge my natural ability as a woman to give birth in my own right…

 

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“ Cheryl was a great support and always full of useful information and supplied us with reading materials, CD’s, DVD’s and books so we were fully informed of the stages of labour, comforting positions, pain relief choices if we needed them, breathing techniques, relaxation techniques etc etc.

By the time my baby was due I felt very confident that I could labour successfully and handle anything that was thrown our way. ”

Melissa

Stork Talk

Delivering Strategies for your ideal birth.

Give yourself the best chance of a positive birth in a hospital setting. A new book by one of Australias leading doulas, Cheryl Sheriff.

 

Sharing wisdom from her 30 years experience as a midwife and doula, and her presence at over 1000 hospital births.

 

After reading this book you will have more direction, and feel confident, excited and less daunted by the experiences to come.

 

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