I'm new to MyBestBirth and I've been moved to tears of joy from reading some amazing birth stories people have posted.
Unfortunately my birth wasn't. I ended up being on a conveyor belt of interventions over which I lost all control. I felt that I was part of a factory production line which ended up with me having a C- section.
Because I really wanted a natural birth, I was left feeling frustrated and incredibly disappointed and even though my daughter is the most beautiful precious girl in the world, I feel that things could have been different.
And then I found out about doulas.
I'm a mum but also a film-maker and my reaction to my birth was to make a film to find out if things could have been different if I had hired a doula. Would it have been different if I had someone to be with me constantly, to support me, to help fight my corner, to help me have the birth that I wanted, to help me have a natural birth?
The result is the documentary film that I've just launched: DOULA! THE ULTIMATE BIRTH COMPANION - (I've just posted the film trailer on MyBestBirth) - here's the link to it on Youtube
DOULA! is a 65 minute film that features three really positive doula-supported births; two home water births and a birth that progresses to a C-section. More info about the film is on the website: www.doulafilm.com
I know now that a natural positive birth is more than just possible, it should be a choice, and doulas can really help. But would love to know what anyone else thinks!