Sarah Ketteman

Doula covering SW London, Surrey and Middlesex
  • Recognised Birth & Postnatal Doula

Contact Email: kettemansarah@gmail.com
Phone: 07932 383360
Website: http://doulaloveuk.blogspot.co.uk

Hello and welcome, I am Sarah,  I am a Doula uk recognised birth and postnatal doula.

I live just outside Wimbledon, in New Malden with my husband, and 3 almost grown up children and our adored miniature Shnauzer.

When I heard about Doulas it was like a dream come true. After being lucky enough to stay at home and look after my own 3 children for 12 years, I was delighted to discover that my experiences could help me embark on a new journey to becoming a Doula, helping and supporting women achieve the birth experience they deserve and are entitled to. Working alongside midwives I wholeheartedly believe in a woman’s ability to birth her baby. I want to help women understand their options and ensure they are listened to by professionals.

My becoming a Doula was influenced by my own experiences. The birth of my first child was not what I had hoped for, I felt dis-empowered and let down by the whole process. My second labour was better and by the third time I had gained the confidence to ensure my birth plan was adhered to and my experience was a positive one.

I have experienced different birth situations where either the use of water, TENS, entinox, pethidine or an epidural has been required. I have also supported women where the use of ventouse, forceps or c-section have been necessary and I have experience of premature birth and multiple births.

I have shared the joy of birth with families at home, Kingston, St Georges, Epsom, Kings College, Chelsea and Westminster, Royal Surrey and Queen Charlotte’s Hospitals. I am there as much for the father as I am for the mother and always ensure the father is included as much or as little as he wants to be.

I currently lead a 4 week antenatal course in my local community. We offer continual support throughout pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatally. I am a breastfeeding counsellor with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers having  completed their full Breastfeeding Counsellor Training. I have been very active over the last 9 years supporting women in establishing breastfeeding.

I keep my knowledge up to date by attending study days, examples below:-

  • Doula UK Conference – 21 March 2016
  • International Day of the Midwife Conference – 2015
  • Association of Breastfeeding Mothers – Counsellor Training – completed 2013
  • Practical skills to Prevent & Resolve Malpresentation – 19 February 2013
  • Marie Coveneny Home birth Study Day – April 2011
  • Dr Jack Newman Breastfeeding Study Day – May 2010
  • St John Ambulance Emergency life support – child and infant – 22 May 2010
  • Michel Odent Birth Physiology study day – 2009
  • Rebozo workshop for optimal foetal positioning – 2009
  • Water birth Study Day – Taught by water birth expert Midwife Dianne Garland – 2008
  • First International Nurturing Conference “Womb to World – Innate Behaviours” – 2008
  • Paramana doula 3 day intensive course for Doulas by Michel Odent – 2007
  • ABM (Association of Breastfeeding Mothers) – Mother Supporter – 2007
  • Breastfeeding Workshop by Pam Lacey, IBCLC. Approved by Assc of Breastfeeding
  • Mothers designed for teaching ‘helpers’ – 2007

Testimonials.

You’ve been absolutely amazing!! We’re really not sure what we would have done without you, we’re so grateful.  You’ve been such a blessing to us – so encouraging, knowledgeable and calming.  – Clara

Sarah, you were an absolute blessing, if we go on to have a third, we will definitely call you. – Verena.  

Sarah, I just know the potential for the whole experience to have been so different from the way it has been, for many women it isn’t this joy so I am incredibly lucky and you are the reason. Words are not enough. – Caroline.

 I think when people ask what you do as a doula you could tell them that you bring out the loving parent in them that might otherwise never appear. There are happy babies in the world as a result. – Caroline

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