ROSIE CARTER-SUSOPEACE, PRESENCE AND POWER.
bIRTH AND fEEDING sUPPORT FOR fAMILIES WHO WANT THEIR uNIQUENESS hELD AND sOULFUL lOVING cARE TO aBOUND.
Greetings to you. My name is Rosie. I am a birth keeper, a traditional birth attendant or doula and I am a mother of three (two bio, one bonus). I followed my passion of birth and the power of intuitive knowledge held in the body after the birth of my second baby who was born at home and began stepped into birth work in 2017.
Having supported all sorts of births and families, I know I’m here for women, for birthing people, for families during this pivitol, testing and enriching moment of life in the welcoming of a new human earthside. Each family I work with, whatever your configuration, receives unwavering support, my peaceful presence and steadfast protection rooted in traditional knowledge and a practical understanding of navigating systemic challenges of maternity services.
If you have a passion for a traditionally rooted birth and postnatal experience, let’s talk.
WHAT IS A TRADITIONAL BIRTH ATTENDANT?
Throughout history, across cultures, we find community members skilled in supporting practically and emotionally through pregnancy and childbirth, and very importantly but often less considered, in the early days with your newborn.
It is within the relatively recent medicalised history of childbirth that the need for a different type of care-giver has occurred; one that is traditional and holistic, and provides continuity of care, prioritises emotional wellbeing throughout pregnancy, birth and postnatally; and trusts fully in the human capacity to give birth in safety and love.
The term and role of ‘doula’ has now become internationally recognised and the role of a doula is rooted in ancient traditions and wisdom. The term ‘doula’ means ‘female servant’ or ‘slave’ in Greek. Words hold power and as a woman of African descent with ancestors who lived through the horrors of enslavement, this is no longer a term I feel in good conscious I am empowered by. Our work is too powerful.
Having spent time invested in anti-racism work, learning with traditional midwives, unlearning and decolonising my practice as a birth worker in 2020 I now claim the title of ‘traditional birth attendant’ standing with the thousands of women who understand birth as a ceremony and work using simple and effective nature-based techniques to support a birthing person holistically. I was formally operating under the title of ‘Doula Root’ and honour my time as a doula.
A doula is widely recognised a non-medical birth companion, trained and experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother and her partner before, during and following on from childbirth.
Traditional birth attendants provide basic health care and guidance during and after pregnancy and childbirth, based primarily on experience and knowledge acquired informally through the traditions and practices of the communities where they originated. They often learn their trade through apprenticeship or are self-taught.
something specialso touched that of one of the families I supported, this very special mother Elsie wrote, produced and sent this video over in thanks for our work. enjoy.
testimonial poem written by elsie bryant, birth client
LOCATIONS I WORK IN
Ampthill, Flitwick, Harlington, Leagrave, Bedford, Luton, Milton Keynes, Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard, Shefford, Cranfield, Biggleswade, Woburn, St Albans. Bedfordshire, Northants, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and parts of North London.