I've been incredibly lucky to attend the varied births of a whole range of different women. On this page, you can read a little bit about their experiences, those of their partners, and those of their midwives.

"Only with trust, faith, and support can the woman allow the birth experience to enlighten and empower her."

Claudia Lowe

"Incredibly Intuitive and Practical"

"Anna was so helpful during the labour. She provided so much more than I had been expecting. Not only was she an ongoing source of emotional support and positivity, but she was also incredibly intuitive and practical. She brought many useful tools and resources and had some great tips and tricks (some that I had not been aware of and our client appreciated). She was also an amazing advocate for our client. When things became more complex she asked all of the right questions and it was clear she wanted the woman to achieve what she so deeply wanted."

"There would be a multitude of reasons why families may consider a doula. Whether you are feeling anxious with a first baby or want a more empowered experience with a subsequent birth, I find it really hard to imagine anyone regretting their decision to hire Anna!"

Erin Couling
Midwife - Domino Midwives

"Anna Fitted in Perfectly with our Midwife"

"Enlisting Anna's support as a doula for our first birth was one of the best decisions we made during our pregnancy.  Through the ante-natal sessions, Anna's calm, her experience, and her professional tools (including a really helpful collection of books) were crucial to giving us the confidence to attempt to birth at home.  Having Anna on hand during labour allowed my partner to focus his energy on sharing in the birthing experience with me, while Anna took care of crucial logistical and practical details.  Her presence also allowed my partner to take occasional rest, thereby conserving energy for later in the day.

Anna fitted in perfectly with our midwife, and our labour progressed quickly in a highly supportive and positive environment.  When we struggled to progress into the second stage of labour, Anna provided hands-on support in our attempts to turn the baby.  In making the decision to transfer to hospital, Anna gave us confidence that we had explored every alternative at home, and that we were asking all the right questions in our consultations with the hospital obstetrician.  Anna's support ensured that we always felt informed, supported, and confident throughout labour.  We have already begun recommending Anna to anyone who is looking for experienced, professional support for a positive and calm birthing experience."

Pippa - 1st time Mum

"Gentle Compassionate Presence"

"Having Anna as a doula was the best decision I could have made. It was part of my birth preparation. Knowing I would have competent practical and emotional help during birth put my mind at ease and I became more welcoming of the birthing experience. It helped me knowing that it's not all on my husband and that I provide support for him as well this way. We both liked the idea of extra hands.

Anna was a great addition to our birth team. In fact it was only my husband, myself, our midwife and Anna. She was present, kind, practical and helpful in the background, yet emotionally available with her hands to hold mine or pressing relieving acupressure points. Anna reminded me how to breathe as we did hypnobirthing preparation together and reassured me again and again that I was doing well. I liked her soft considerate voice and her gentle compassionate presence. I would choose her again in future with no hesitation."

Pavla - 1st time Mum

"She added to the team approach and supported the woman and her partner and at times the midwife too!"

"Anna was an amazing calm, supportive presence who was able to intuitively know what was needed. She added to the team approach and supported the woman and her partner and at times the midwife too!  She had great hands on support providing acupressure, help setting up the pool and a general tidy up after.  She emotionally supported the woman throughout.  It was excellent to have Anna as part of the birthing team.

I do believe that she was an amazing support and helped our client get her fabulous birth."

Rhonda Moore
Midwife - Domino Midwives

"She gave me practical tips and way of making decisions and how to get information from medical people"

"I felt Anna really helped me in so many ways. Firstly she was great at helping me get mentally and practically prepared for labour. She also helped me talk through my fears and concerns around labour and also navigating the health system and the DHB. She gave me practical tips and way of making decisions and how to get information from medical people. She also helped me think about ways to look after myself before and post labour.  Access to her resource library was so helpful. The single most useful resource that helped me was the KGHyponobirthing CD for a caesarean birth. I actively used it to gain a good night sleep prior and to get into a good frame of mind during the day of waiting and also during the procedure."

Anonymous - 2nd time Mum

"I Felt Safe and Supported Throughout"

"Anna is everything you would want a doula to be – thoughtful and practical, caring and attentive; a calm, quiet and tirelessly positive presence who offers support without ever being intrusive. She seems to understand instinctively what is needed at any given moment, but is also not afraid to ask what would be most helpful for you. Anna was thrown into the deep end when my labour started unexpectedly (on the morning she first came to meet with us), but she took it all in her stride, and when my baby arrived before the midwives did her decisive actions and presence of mind took away all of the potential stress and made everything flow smoothly. I could have done it without her, but I wouldn’t have wanted to – I felt safe and supported throughout the entire labour, and knew that whatever I needed, she would be there to help me."

Merinda

"I can highly recommend Anna as a great asset to any woman embarking on her birthing and mothering journey".

"While watching Anna work as a doula I have found her enthusiasm and energy for the woman in labour to be unwavering. Anna has a lovely gentle way of supporting women, helping them to find reserves of strength they didn't know they had, to trust in the process of birth. She uses touch, positivity, humour and grace. I can highly recommend Anna as a great asset to any woman embarking on her birthing and mothering journey".

Annie Bennett
Midwife - Domino Midwives

"Calm and Non-Judgemental Approach"

"Without family nearby, my partner and I felt we needed someone in addition to our midwife that we could share our concerns with from the get-go. Anna’s ability to listen and talk through our emotions was extremely valuable. Her empathy is something special. Her calm and non-judgemental approach to anything pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding related was perfect and together we worked through any preconceptions I might have had ahead of my second birth. Thanks to Anna’s knowledge and confidence boosting, I felt positive ahead of labour and so excited to meet my baby knowing this pregnancy and birth would bring completely new and unknown experiences."

Anonymous - 2nd time Mum

"I certainly recommend her services"

"Anna was super helpful and responsive and positive and supportive and made a positive impact and difference to our birthing experience. I certainly recommend her services to anyone considering her support, birth was my biggest fear and thank God and Anna’s support and a few other steps taken it went far better than I could have asked for or imagined or prayed for. I am certainly pleased I had her next to me through it. She bought me blankets and smelly things and cookies when I wanted them and took them away when I didn’t. She listened and did what I asked when I asked it. I did Anna's KGHypnobirthing course and she was my doula and it went well and was worth it during our significant vulnerable life event."

Jana - 1st time Mum 

"Having Anna involved helped us to feel prepared and confident, and I was thrilled to have the natural water birth I had wished for".

"Anna was our doula for the birth of our second child, Willow. Even though it was my second time I found the birth preparation with Anna really helpful. I am incredibly grateful that because of Anna we made time to discuss the fears and expectations that we were bringing to this birth after a difficult posterior first labour. It was also useful to revisit the tools and techniques that helped me to stay calm and relaxed the first time and what we might do differently the second time. Having Anna involved helped us to feel prepared and confident, and I was thrilled to have the natural water birth I had wished for.
Anna was also incredibly helpful post-partum as I ran into difficulties establishing breastfeeding. A week after Willow was born, I was distraught that my daughter was still losing weight and I had to start expressing and bottle feeding. This was so upsetting for me as I had planned to exclusively breast feed. Not only did Anna give me encouragement and sound advice but she was also able to get me a visit from a lactation consultant the next morning. This gave me the confidence to persevere with breastfeeding, and techniques to wean her from the bottle back on to the breast. I would definitely recommend Anna’s birth services to other parents. Thank you Anna!"

Ruth - 2nd time Mum

"A Team Player Throughout"

"Anna was a pleasure to work with, she stepped up in an emergency situation and coped very well, she was a team player throughout the process and I felt very supported by her presence".

Noreen Jewell
Midwife - Capital City Midwives

"Present and Available"

"Before labour Anna lent us books and resources, helped us with mental preparation for a homebirth, got to know what we wanted, made suggestions, was available for emails/calls/texts, lent us a TENS machine and exceeded expectations. During labour Anna was present and available, tagged with Evan, gave physical support and verbal encouragement, made soup, took photos, held my vomit bucket (most appreciated) and was not too involved - the perfect level. After the birth Anna stayed with us until we were ok by ourselves, gave encouragement with breastfeeding and checked if we needed anything before leaving."

Lynda - 1st time Mum

"Epic Hands-On Support"

"Anna added to the calm in a long lead in and gave the woman a lot of confidence in herself and her baby. She provided epic hands-on support in many helpful ways and she was passionate about making sure the woman felt fully informed of her options. They are rightly glowing about their birth and the support they received.  Well done!" 

Andrea Sarty
Midwife - Nikau Midwives

"It Really Made a Difference"

"Anna's presence allowed us to focus on each other and our journey into birth and parenthood, and over the long duration of Sophi's labour it really made a difference, ensuring that our connection was strong and unstrained".

Mark - 1st time Dad

"Amazing postnatal reassurance "

"Anna provided a post-natal doula service to my partner and son Jack. She is extremely knowledgeable and was an amazingly reassuring support at a time when we were a bit overwhelmed with all the different things we could/should be doing to help Jack to sleep. She has heaps of free resources (books,dvds) and lots of advice on what could be good for you and your family.

Anna also co-facilitated our antenatal course and is a super smiley and friendly human!

Ali - 1st time Mum

"I cannot stress enough how crucial Anna was to my successful natural birth that felt empowering and strong."

"In the antenatal period, Anna provided fantastic reading material on positive birthing and parenting, and different methods of preparing yourself for birth, including addressing underlying fears of birth. She coached my partner Mark and I through different labouring poses, routines, and methods for breathing - which got me through my 50+ hour labour!! 

During labour, Anna was exceptional. If felt like she never left my side despite going through the night and well into the afternoon of the following day. She made me feel safe, comforted, strong, resilient; she encouraged me through some of the toughest moments of my life! She ensured I was hydrated throughout my labour, massaged me, guided my breathing, held my hand when I most needed her, listened and was the most humble and incredible being I could have hoped for. Cannot stress enough how crucial Anna was to my successful natural birth that felt empowering and strong.

After the birth Anna was caring, emotionally engaged, helpful and captured the most intimate and beautiful photographs of my mother, partner, midwife and baby. We are so grateful to have these images, and without Anna they wouldn't have been possible.

If I have another baby I would have another doula a hundred times yes, but a thousand times Anna."

Sophi - 1st time Mum

"I Instantly Felt Comfortable"

"I liked Anna’s write up and also had a good feeling from looking at her picture. I didn’t meet any other douals as I didn’t feel the same about the profiles.

Being able to bounce ideas and just talk about the details was helpful. It gave me the opportunity to tell Anna the things I really didn’t want to happen and anything I really wanted. Anna made me feel confident she would back up my decisions.
Anna was always available at the end of the phone during my induction and reminded me that I had options and did not have to agree with the doctors decisions. Anna came to the hospital once I was having a c-section. I was numb for a while after birth so Anna helped with baby until I was ready to have some time alone with him. Anna checked on me and baby and was genuinely excited about his arrival. It was lovey to have her come over and see him in the first week. Obviously I am delighted that baby arrived safe and sound but I feel a little disappointed I couldn’t put Anna’s skills to much use. I do know that she would have been a fantastic support during a natural labour. I instantly felt comfortable with Anna when we first met and this took a lot of my worries away”.

Claire - 1st time Mum

"Just what we needed"

"Anna was wonderful - she is very confident and reassuring and knows what needs to be done. She was great help talking me through contractions and also supporting my husband. Anna also gave light touch massage throughout which was brilliant. Just what we needed. You can trust in her abilities to support you in birth and that is immediately apparent. Her KGHypno experience is fantastic".

Ali - 2nd time Mum

"Personable, Calm, Professional, Enthusiastic and had a sense of humour; essential criteria!"

"I immediately knew Anna was the doula for me. She was personable, calm, professional, enthusiastic and had a sense of humour; essential criteria! I felt that she listened to my needs; I wanted actually to be left alone, secure in the knowledge that I had my advocate backing me up should I need her and she did this perfectly. When things got a little intense Anna provided several distractions which made a huge difference to how well I was able to manage my labour; frozen flannels to the rescue – don’t underestimate their value! I did not need to ask for this, Anna just intuitively knew what I needed. I was very lucky that it all went pretty much to plan, very lucky that I had supportive midwives who I trusted and most of all very lucky that I had the perfect doula for me.

Would I do it all again? Absolutely! Would I employ Anna as my doula? Without any shadow of a doubt".

Emmie - 2nd time Mum

"Anna helped make my second birth much smoother than the first"

"We are so glad we hired Anna as our doula! It was amazing to have such warm, helpful and consistent support after we were unable to find a midwife. Anna helped make my second birth much smoother than the first after suggesting things I would never of even thought of such as making a visual birth plan. The best part about Anna’s services for me were the postnatal sessions as she helped me to get out and about calmly with both boys when I was struggling to adapt to managing both of their needs at the same time. She even provided cookies and meals which was awesome when all our family live overseas. I would definitely recommend Anna to everyone and it would be great to spread an awareness of the amazing service doulas offer!"

Nicola - 2nd time Mum

"I would highly recommend her to anyone facing difficult decisions about birth"

"Anna was amazing throughout my preparation for the birth of our second daughter Hazel. I had had a difficult first birth with major tear and faced a tricky decision on whether to have an elective c section this time or go for natural labour. Anna was so good to talk this through with, not judgmental, just listening and providing sensible and thoughtful guidance. When I went with the c section Anna helped me prepare to make it as positive an experience as possible. After the birth she made me delicious breastfeeding cookies and helped us with settling into life with two kids. Having Anna involved in the whole process made a real difference to how I felt about it all and I would highly recommend her to anyone facing difficult decisions about birth. Thanks Anna!"

Sally - 2nd time Mum

"She ensured that what I heard throughout the labour was positive and reinforced what we'd learned" 

"My husband and I first came across Anna when looking for hypnobirthing classes to prepare for the birth of our first child. I was very nervous looking ahead to labour and wanted to find ways to prepare positively. We were so impressed by Anna's communication that we decided to meet and consider asking her to be our doula. We were stoked to think that she might help us continue building on what we learned at the hypnobirthing course. As labour approached, I will admit to feeling some nerves: would having a doula be awkward? Would there be too many people in the room? Looking back at the experience now, I simply don't know how we would have done without her. Anna was absolutely essential. From the minute she met us in the birth room, she took action. She and my husband both worked to help me through contractions, from pouring water on my back to providing accupressure and constant encouragement/affirmation. She gave my husband time to eat and visit the bathroom. She ensured that what I heard throughout the labour was positive and reinforced what we'd learned. As a result, I gave birth naturally without pain relief (I tried entonox and found it didn't help as much as water, pressure and encouragement). The final stage of the birth had some complications, and I was transferred via ambulance to hospital. Anna came with me, helping me to feed our baby boy for the first time and supporting my family. Her presence was calming and helpful throughout. After we were discharged, Anna visited me in my home, thoughtfully bringing lactation cookies that met my dietary needs, and helping my husband and I process our story. I would recommend Anna's services to anyone in a heartbeat. She is all flavours of awesome 😀"

Sarah - 1st time Hypnobirthing Mum