I decided on a doula quite late in my pregnancy and contacted a few potential ones in the Stockholm area. Not many came back to me, but Clara responded super fast and her email sounded friendly, warm and reassuring. Amidst COVID-19, heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures, she actually suggested we meet up in person and go for a walk in the park so that we get to know each other. I really appreciated meeting her in person (I was only able to meet a couple of other doulas virtually and it was not the same) and we hit it off right from the start. Once we had a plan, Clara came to our flat three weeks in a row and we had some very informative, insightful and fun sessions. Our last in-person visit prior to my birth was actually a blissful full-body massage session which my heavily pregnant body was tremendously grateful for. Clara made me and my partner feel calm and very well prepared for the upcoming birth of our first child in a hospital setting within the Swedish healthcare system (both of us being expats). The birth itself was rough and long, but Clara always knew how to make me feel better and worked her magic over and over again. She always managed to be present just enough - she stepped in when my partner was tired or unsure how to help out, she backed off when we were in a good flow, she nudged us gently to sleep or eat during breaks. She remained calm, grounded and nurturing at all times and her ability to emphasize shined through and made me feel heard, valued and cared for. I can highly recommend Clara to all new and even seasoned parents - not only is Clara highly knowledgeable and professional, but she is also a kind and funny person.
It was a bit of a coincidence that we chose to have a doula at the birth of our second son. We didn't really know what a doula was before I red the book "Give Birth Without Fear". Our first birth was uncomplicated and a good experience, but when we expected our second child I felt that I wanted to prepare a little more than with what you get from the ordinary maternity services, and therefore borrowed books on childbirth at the library. I wanted to be more present during the birth and be able to feel that I was more in charge than I had been during the first birth. "Give Birth Without Fear" made a huge impression on me. I felt that it was exactly what I was looking for and there and then the thought of having a doula came. When covid-19 strarted to rise in society the fear of birthing alone grew stonger. We decided to contact a doula and found Clara's website. Both I and my husband liked her presentation and we booked an initial meeting. We felt straight away that Clara was the person for us. Our impression of her was that she was an earthbound, calm, warm, safe and knowledgeable person with birth as a great passion. We were so pleased with the whole doula package. The preparations, the massage, the presence during birth gave us a lot and felt like a great treat. During this journey with our second son I've learnt so much about myself, about physiology the physche, and about how important it is to feel safe. Clara has been a great part of that and I am happy I chose her to join our journey. The birth became that nice, lovely and exiting experience that I wanted it to be. Clara's support was like a warm hug through the process. During the labour it made a huge difference, the pain was differnt when I got the support I wanted. The contractions felt meaningful and it felt as if every contraction did good. My husbands' experience was that he got help in being the calm support he wanted to be. I would really recommend every parent to be to look into having a doula, because it really offers you so much more. For us, it was worth it and I really wishes more people had the birth experience I had . I am convinced that Clara's presens and support made a difference both physically and emotionally.
Thank you Clara for your support and for everything you do!!!
My first child was born with c-section due to medical issues, and the whole experience was troughout horrible. I also felt robbed of the expreince of trying to give birth vaginally. Before my second birth, I was therefore determined to do everything within my power to get a better experience and therefore chose to hire a doula.
Following a video call with Clara the choice of doula was self evident. We felt that she radiated calm and warmth despite it being a video call! Before the birth we had a couple of very helpful meetings where we got other information and knowledge than what the usual books and courses offer. We therefore felt well prepared.
When labour finally started I was able to handle the contractions well together with my partner. I was convinced that there would be maaannnnyy ours to go... After 18 hours at home the pain became unbearable and the contractions all of a sudden became very close, we called Clara who arrived fast. We still thought there were many hours left. But shortly thereafter I started having pushing sensations, and we were still at home... We now realized that it wasn't long until the baby would arrive, but to get myself into the car felt utterly impossible. And all hospitals in Stockholm were full. We called an ambulans and while waiting, Clara instructed me what to do slow it down. She was completely calm, despite me being in almost panic and thanks to her, my partner kept calm too. She was very good at communicating with the medical personel and made be feel secure despite everything being stressed.
We made it to the hospital in time and also here it was invaluable to have Clara in place. She was able to calm me down when the staff were stressed and she reassured me that the baby was doing fine when I wondered why the fetal monitoring sounded strange and the staff didn't answer or pick up on my worry.
All went when and despite the dramatic ending, it because a positive experience and for that we have Clara to thank for!
När förlossningen väl satte igång kunde jag själv och sedan tillsammans med min sambo hantera smärtan ganska bra. Jag var helt inställd på att allt skulle ta mååånga timmar. När smärtan efter 18 timmar väl blev outhärdlig och värkarna helt plötsligt började komma tätare tillkallade vi Clara som snabbt infann sig. Vi trodde fortfarande att det var ganska många timmar kvar. Men kort därefter började jag få krystvärkar trots att vi fortfarande var hemma. Nu insåg vi att det inte var långt kvar alls, men att förflytta sig till bilen blev plötsligt fullkomligt omöjligt. Det var dessutom fullt på alla sjukhus i hela Stockholm. Vi tillkallade därför ambulans och i väntan på den beskrev Clara hur jag skulle göra för att fördröja förloppet. Hon var helt lugn trots att jag nu var ganska panikslagen och tack vare henne höll sig även min sambo lugn. Hon var mycket bra på att kommunicera med sjukvårdspersonalen och på att få mig att känna mig trygg trots att det blev bråttom.
Vi hann till sjukhuset i tid och även här var det guld värt att ha Clara på plats. Hon kunde lugna mig när personalen var stressad och hon intygade att bebisen mådde fint när jag undrade varför hjärtljuden lät så konstiga och personalen inte riktigt svarade.
Allt gick bra och trots det dramatiska slutet blev det en positiv upplevelse och det har vi Clara att tacka för!
Clara, I often think about you and the sense of calm and safety you gave us when we gave birth to S. In a way you were there and birthed all three of us into safety, me and M as parents and S as our child. I am so greatful for the closeness you gave me during those intense hours.
We thought of you a lot and on how fantastic your support was a year ago (already!) when our second child was born, and you were a part of the journey. We feel very grateful and I can still feel the space you held for me - thank you Clara!
To be first time parents is always bewildering, but to become parents in the midst of a pandemic resulted in even more insecurity. To have Clara as doula gave us the safety and tools to trust each other and the body both before, during and after birth.
/ Evelina and Fredrik
Wir hatten uns für eine Doula zur Unterstützung der Geburt unseres ersten Kindes entschieden, da aufgrund von Covid-19 keine Vorbereitungskurse stattfanden und wir uns deshalb nicht optimal vorbereitet fühlten. Clara hat uns sehr gut über alle Aspekte rund um die Geburt aufgeklärt, unsere Vorstellungen ernst genommen und diese genau mit uns besprochen. Zusätzlich hat sie uns Übungen/Massagetechniken an die Hand gegeben, die zu Hause in der Latenzphase mit dem Partner durchgeführt werden können. Beides war sehr hilfreich und die Geburt war für uns alle drei ein einmaliges und schönes Erlebnis. Im Nachhinein können wir eine Doula nur jedem empfehlen, unabhängig von Covid-19. Clara hat herausragende Arbeit geleistet, wofür wir ihr sehr dankbar sind.
/Jasmin und Alexander