I’m Vani and a passionate midwife turned doula! I’m from the USA, and moved to the UK after marrying my husband in 2017. We met in India where I was studying/practicing Midwifery (long story!)
We now live in Watford, Hertfordshire and are delighted to have welcomed our first little one at home in 2021 with our doula present. Our doula was an integral part of our birthing journey and I have renewed passion to pass on the support I was given. I also suffered with extensive breastfeeding difficulties and postpartum depression/anxiety which has sent me to further my skills and education so that I may support women better, and support women with similar struggles in the postpartum period.
My journey towards supporting families through birth and the postpartum period began at a young age by attending births. This led me to enroll in a holistic midwifery degree. During my midwifery education, I practiced my clinicals in a rural village in India, our small team ran a birthing practice where we facilitated women from all over the world to give birth their way.
I traveled to Bali to meet Robin Lim who was awarded CNN hero of the year. I visited her birthing center Bhumi Sehat to experience and learn from her beautiful mission and model of care.
During my time as a midwife and a doula in India and the US I have learned to work in a variety of circumstances, some even without electricity and running water! But the beauty of birth is that no matter the situation, every birth is special and unique.
I have supported hospital and birth center births, home births, cesarean births, water births, lotus births, vbacs, and breech births. I am also an postpartum ayurvedic doula, and breastfeeding peer supporter.
The right personal care from your doula can make all the difference in helping achieve the birth experience you envisioned. In my experience, even when the birth and postpartum periods do not go as planned, you can still feel positive about your experience when you are informed, supported, and respected. Every woman deserves to feel capable, cared for, and empowered!
Since moving to London in 2017 I became a certified doula at BirthBliss Academy under Kicki Hansard who was awarded the title Doula of the year in 2009. I am also a member of Doula UK, the largest Doula organization in the UK. I've also completed ABM breastfeeding course and birth biomechanics course.
Now that you know a little about me, I look forward to getting to know you and being able to provide the care you are looking for during this monumental time in your life!