How Derbyshire Doula Started.
Derbyshire Doula was born after I (Imogen) struggled with PTSD and PND during the pregnancy and postnatal period of my youngest. I was under the care of the brilliant perinatal team who supported me through my recovery process.
After being discharged, the world seemed noticeably big and lonely and so I formed a local support group of mums who could come together and talk openly about mental health in pregnancy. I would often open my home to mums who needed a safe place. This quickly grew and sensing the need of more support for my community I left my job and retrained as a doula and in 2019 Derbyshire Doula was born.
The logo that we use is made of the handprints of my daughter that I struggled to bond with. She is such an inspiration for me and continues to be. Our journey together is proof that there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
In September 2019 Derbyshire Doula joined up with the amazing Katie who also went through her own mental illness during pregnancy. This became her inspiration in becoming a doula.
Our aims are to solve the issues of:
- The lack of in-depth knowledge provided to pregnant parents.
- The lack of emotional support that can be provided to parents.
- Mum becoming rushed and just another figure.
- Changing the face of mental health within pregnancy.
-Supporting families in finding an approach that fits them.
-providing families with legal knowledge and empowerment regarding maternity