The birth of my 3rd child, Asher Jane, was healing, challenging and magnificent. After a c-section with my first daughter and an emotionally traumatic birth and difficult recovery with my son, I swore things would be different this time around. As soon as we found out we were pregnant, I contacted Cheryl as one of the most experienced and highly recommended doulas in Brisbane. I needed someone who knew their stuff, who was on the same wavelength as I was and would advocate for me and my daughter leading up to and during our delivery. Cheryl was EXACTLY what I needed.
During my pregnancy, Cheryl was able to support me to ensure my baby was in the optimal position and that I was healthy and mentally prepared. She was able to help me outline my birth plan and shed light on grey areas that confused me. Cheryl never once made me feel as if my body was ‘damaged goods’ because of my previous c-section as some midwives had in the birth of my 2nd child. She was able to examine my own unique situation and help me gain trust and confidence in my body. Cheryl constantly reassured me, my birth would be beautiful, that I was strong and capable of birthing my baby drug free, because she would be my ‘epidural’ and reminded me that I had already safely birthed my son despite the challenges and unnecessary interventions I had to endure during his birth, I had achieved my VBAC and the best outcome for him. She made me feel like I was already a powerful, birthing mamma! ;-)
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. Asher Jane was born quickly, in the shower of our birth suite only 45 minutes after arriving at the hospital. Cheryl’s amazing and unique combination of intuition, unwavering trust in the birth process and the extensive birthing knowledge of a midwife, means she is the very best support for any birthing mother. I had perfect trust in her…..even in my most challenging moments, transitioning in preparation for my baby to be born, when I was afraid and thought I couldn’t do any more, she convinced me I could…..and she was right.
Thank you for being a part of our beautiful birth Cheryl. Asher’s birth was the perfect beginning for her and it was incredibly healing and empowering for me. And if you are considering a doula, stop considering it and make it an absolute necessity and look no further than Cheryl Sheriff.