I was in hospital staring down at my beautiful newborn twin boys, both trying to nestle into me and breastfeed simultaneously, I promised them out loud that I would look after them forever… and just as I wondered who would help look after me Ailsa popped her head in and beamed at us …….. and I remembered. – Fiona

I hired Ailsa to help me recover from the shock that twins are.

Ailsa always listened, gave emotional support and offered help with regards to my feelings about myself, my relationship with husband and family. Some activities e.g. baby massage couldn’t be done on my own. She also helped me getting the nursery ready – a huge relief. I believe the extra pair of hands makes a huge difference.

I absolutely loved Ailsa. Initially I was unsure as I didn’t need help with handling a baby, I just needed more hands. Ailsa has grown to become a trusted friend. She supported me with breastfeeding, weaning, sleeping and keeping my relationships going. She was instrumental in discovering my PND and I owe her my sanity! – Veronika

Ailsa was a constant source of valuable and practical information. She also offered me emotional support and feedback on my mothering skills. It was always a comfort to have her help and input. i was a better mother to my family and my daughter adores Ailsa, so that was lovely to see.

For those first time mums whose families live abroad or far away, a doula is a must.

Ailsa gave me encouragement and support when I needed it. I was able to talk things through with her and she gave me confidence I was doing a good job. Ailsa looked after my son on occasions so I could sleep. She was always willing and keen to help out with any tasks that needed doing.

Having Ailsa made things more manageable. She helped us through a difficult period without family nearby to assist. We are very grateful for all that she did.

When my babies were born I thought I could manage. I did (just) but I wasn’t enjoying it or them much, as I was so exhausted. When I finally caved in and asked Ailsa to help she came through the door bringing a sense of calm to the chaos, and instinctively knew what I needed. Ailsa is such a professional she adapted to my routine, boosted my confidence and gave me invaluable advice. Most days she also brought cake! I think everyone needs an Ailsa. I can highly recommend this one. – Sally

Ailsa was so helpful at a time when I needed it most. As a new mum, I needed advice and reassurance about things such as breastfeeding and baby’s sleeping routine. As an experienced childcarer and mother, Ailsa was able to provide this invaluable support. – Kate

A massive thank you to my postnatal doula Ailsa Holmes who, after nearly 5 months, spent her last day with me last week. It is a bittersweet goodbye as it means I’m feeling confident with my twins and getting some sleep but I’m also very sad to see her go.

Ailsa has helped me for a couple of hours a week since my twins were 6 weeks old. She has been a huge support physically, emotionally and practically, making lunch and tea and bringing cake, taking a twin (or both) off my hands, listening to and empathising with my rants and frustrations, and advising me on routines, feeding, settling, sleeping, relating, weaning and all manner of other issues we all face having twins (and a toddler!)

She will still be my SOS call every now and then I’m sure, and I’ll continue to turn up at her house for tea and cake every Tuesday at twins club until my boys are mobile. But, for now, I cannot recommend her highly enough – just writing this makes me realise how much I’ve needed her and will miss her! Thanks Ailsa, much love xxx – Beth