© Arlene Dunkley-Wood 2019 


“I was going to see Arlene for pregnancy massage and cranio therapy since I found out I was pregnant. It was a great support for my constantly changing body, plus Arlene’s knowledge made me feel stress free as she shared her opinions on many pregnancy related issues.
It became clear to me that with her calm attitude and extensive knowledge that I wanted Arlene to be our doula during the birth of our baby boy Leo. 

Arlene was on a 24/7 call with her support for 2 weeks prior to my due date and was checking on me if I haven’t text her with the update.
On a birth day, she was constantly on a phone with me and eventually she decided it’s time for her to come to our house.
She arrived early in the morning and we managed to go through a lot of contractions before I noticed her approval that I was ready to go to the birth centre.
We arrived after a short ride and a small London traffic and to my happiness I learned I was already 7 cm dilated. Arlene, was next to me throughout the whole process, again sharing her knowledge and gently giving pointers on what might help me. Having her next to me was very reassuring and had a calming effect on both myself and my husband. Can’t wait to ask Arlene for her assistance with our second baby! ” Urszula & baby Leo, June 2014

“My VBAC birth was the most amazing experience.  I was told I could not birth my baby and trusted the medics for two births 8 and 6 years previously, both of which were c-sections.  But when it came to my third pregnancy, I knew I wanted do everything within my power to birth our son naturally.   With the help of Arlene I was able to achieve that…. It was the most amazing experience.  Both my partner and I felt really blessed to have had this experience together.  Thank you.”  Geseire Dec 2013.

Having Arlene as our doula helped me stay calm in the lead up to the birth, but also relaxed and accepting of the labour. Such a difference from our first birth experience 5 years previous. Lucy & Marc November 2013

“Thank you for your help in the weeks leading up to the birth, definitely helped relieve all the aches and pains of the later stages of pregnancy.” – Sinead, September 2013

“The whole experience was a million times better than the first. I listened to my body, had an amazing midwife that told me to do the same and got the birth that I wanted. And no stitches – hurrah!!…Thank you again, Arlene, for your fab advice. I did the fist blowing when felt the burn and it definitely helped with his exit!” – Colette, September 2012

“Arlene was a great help when starting breastfeeding, showing different positions and how to settle baby when he became fretful. After a difficult start, we are now exclusively breastfeeding and baby is growing well every day.” – Kate, September 2012

“I must say that all the yoga positions, relaxation and advice from Arlene definitely helped me to get so far along and relieve some of the pain (not to mention keep my head and thoughts in a positive space). I think the best advice from Arlene was to keep moving, change up the positions and to get over the last contraction, don’t hold on to it….let it go as you are one closer to meeting your baby…Thank you, Arlene, for all your help, support and advice.” – Naika, February 2012

“The hip rocking and swaying helped heaps during my contractions, and I was lucky enough to only be in labour and delivery for a total of 10 hours from start to finish!” – Sukhi, February 2012

“The Caesarean was amazing which is something I never thought I would say and I had skin to skin straight away for 60 mins…. I cannot thank you enough for the visualisations that got me through the spinal block.  It wasn’t painful at all!” – Bethan, October 2011

“Arlene was my doula for the birth of my second son in September 2011. When we first met her I warmed to her instantly and knew I would like her as my birth doula. Throughout my pregnancy, she supported me and encouraged me and motivated me through her fantastic pregnancy yoga sessions. She was a brilliant companion at our special VBAC birth providing me with loving, caring support. She did anything I asked of her and I will never forget how much she helped me and my husband achieve our much wanted natural birth. A true professional and her loving, kind nature make her the perfect doula.”  Ozlem November  – 2011

“We were so happy that we made the decision to have Arlene acting as our Doula at the birth of our first baby. Without Arlene, we would never have had the birth we had planned. When Arlene arrived, the hospital was forcing us down the birth path we were keen to avoid. Within two minutes of her arrival, we were back in control of the experience and everyone was acting in the best interests of our baby. Arlene was incredibly supportive and caring; she acted as our advocate ensuring our wishes were carried out. It was wonderful having someone so knowledgeable on our side. Arlene kept me focused and relaxed. I could not have done it without her. Thanks to Arlene, we had the natural water birth we had hoped for.” – Jane Cina, 2010

“If we had not had Arlene as our doula, the birth of my daughter would not have been a natural water birth as we had planned. When Arlene arrived at the hospital I had just told my husband that I had changed my mind and ‘wanted drugs.’ Arlene sensed my despair and without saying anything gently massaged my back – I am not saying it took the pain away – but it re-focused me and I changed my mind with regards to the drugs. She provided valuable support for both my husband and myself during and after the birth. We had no idea what to expect at the hospital and it was reassuring to know that Arlene was there to support us. She is extremely knowledgeable about all birthing procedures and offered invaluable advice throughout. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone else.” – Jo Anderson, 2009

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