I am Italian, from Rome. I live in Cardiff with my husband and my three children born in 2007, 2010 and 2014.
I moved to Cardiff in 2005 for my PhD in physics and then to worked as researcher at Cardiff University. During these years I was blessed by the birth of my son and my daughter. The birth of my son was not what I expected. Instead of having a good birth and to know what to do I found myself out of control and I had a quite medicalised birth ending up with a forceps delivery.
Not happy about my first experience, I booked a home birth with my daughter but my chance was taken away when I had a placenta abruption and I had a crash Caesarean delivery under general anaesthetic.
I always wanted to be a mum. I remember the puzzled faces of my friends when I used to say that I studied Physics as I like it but as a grown up I didn't want to be a scientist, I wanted to be a mum. However I didn't feel I had given birth I more felt that the doctor delivered my babies.
Pregnancy and birth became an obsession. I joined lots of groups about pregnancy and birth and I researched all about it new protocols, guidelines and the new researches and findings.
when I discovered the existence of doulas I knew it was my call. I did my training with Nurturing Birth with the amazing Indira Lopez and my love for this job grow every day since then.
In 2014 when I found out I was pregnant again, it started a very important journey for me. I had my chance to be empowered and to have the birth I always wanted but I had to go trough the most difficult decisions, to go against the recommendations from doctors and midwives, I had to fight the system. I had to take control of my child birth. I finally had a home water birth after Caesarean and I am very proud of it.
The midwives attending the birth were amazing, they supported all my decision. My two doulas were there for me supporting me all way through.
My baby was born safely in the pool in my home. He is the most contented baby, and I am the happies woman in the world.
In 2010 after the birth of my daughter I decided I did enough for the research in Physics and I moved my interest deeper into pregnancy and birth.
When I found out about doulas I knew it was my call and I joined the nurturing birth course and joined Doula UK. From my course doula course I have been in all kind of birth and everyone has been an amazing experience. Being with the parents at the moment of birth is one the best gift life has given me. Even when I had my third child I didn't stop to work and I was at a birth 3 weeks before my son was born and on call 6 weeks after.
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