Lianne Marson-May, Birth Doula
Welcome to my small creative part of the world, I’m Lianne. I trained as a Doula in 2020. I'm based in Glastonbury, Somerset and support my surround areas: Wells, Bridgewater, Yeovil, Frome, Taunton, Weston-Super-Mare, Shepton Mallet, Warminster, Gillingham and all the little towns/villages in-between (I can also cover up to the edge of Bristol and bath). I’ve trained with Conscious Birthing; a wonderful and unique established Doula company, accredited by Doula UK to provide training. I’m on a path of supporting women, my roots are slowly growing as I experience more and delve into the large source of information on pregnancy, emotional support and empowering women in their birth.
What is a Doula?
A doula provides nurturing and continuous support during your pregnancy, birth & postpartum. They encourage the mother and family with emotional, physical and practical support. Unlike a Midwife or the medical team, they aren’t medically trained – but offer a soothing voice of experience, and can translate medical terms and procedures. Doula’s also offer natural, herbalist pain management options such as massage and rebozo shifting. And also provide advice on labor techniques and positions to relieve discomfort and to relax. A Doula can really change a birthing experience, she empowers the mother to make informed decisions for her birth, and then supports her with all said decisions in the birthing room. Most importantly she provides a shoulder, a comfort for the mother to lean into, to feel safe and in the hands of someone who will look after her.
"Lianne helped us as a post partum doula with our twins and was such a beautiful, grounded and capable presence in our home. She has a magical energy and worked to seamlessly create a nourishing and supportive space no matter what was unfolding, from nutritious food and snacks for me to take to bed, to soothing and feeding the babies and helping sort out the chaos in the laundry and beyond. She has an intuitive way of serving the needs of those around her and a quiet confidence that is so welcome in the post natal days and nights. We miss her and are so grateful for the time she spent with us at such a tender threshold. Thank you Lianne, we love you!"
~ Xochi & family ~
"Lianne was with me for the 14 hours I was in labour, it was the first time I met her. I felt comfortable and it was a wonderful, relaxing atmosphere. Lianne was extremely encouraging & supportive. I'm grateful she was there. She navigated the communication with my midwife, as well as giving emotional support & physical support such as rubbing my back."
Womb Healing Client
"Lianne held the space so beautifully & with such a supportive energy. Her massage technique is really relaxing & since starting the bodywork with her my menstrual cycle has flowed more freely with less pain."
A Mother Blessing is a ceremony/circle with the intention of bringing Baby Showers back to their ancestral roots; by creating space to honour the mother & her journey through Pregnancy, we send out the frequency to protect, hold & empower her for a beautiful birth, & to allow her to open to receive the gift of time & awareness from her loved ones. When we gather in these sacred spaces the sense & knowing of being within a sisterhood is opened, we feel the deep trust of the connection to all the women around us & the earth below us. To gift this to a mother is truly a needed & gorgeous thing to do. Not only are we reminding her of the abundant support around her, we're also connecting her back into herself by recognising she is still here as an individual & deserves to be honoured just as much as baby does.
What can you expect:
~ A gathering of your closest loved ones (either indoors or outside).
~ Guided mediation to connect you down into the earth & yourself.
~ Ceremonial activities such as Anointing, Red Thread, Belly Painting, Affirmation Cards, etc.
~ Sharing circle & yummy food.
I offer a complimentary interview to meet, get a feel for one another, connect and understand your needs and desires.
Leading up to the birth I will offer Antenatal visits, where we discuss your birth plan and make thoughtful decisions.
On call From Week 38
From week 38 I will be on call 24/7 for your peace of mind. You can call me whenever & I will join you once labour begind.
Being present during the birth, I'll stay by you and your partners side providing physical and emotional support.
Post-Natal Visits – To help you in early motherhood & give you an extra pair of hands for support.