Vicky is energetic and warm-hearted and I immediately felt that I can trust her. I can definitely recommend having a doula not only for birth support, but especially for postpartum support.
We found Vicky via her website and after our first time meeting with her knew that we had not only found a Doula but also a great new friend. Both of us felt so comfortable talking to her we had no doubt of using her services during the pregnancy and delivery. The morning after giving birth to Aiden Vicky came to visit us (bringing delicious treats), giving us some great tips and suggestions and to help us complete the paperwork for the birth certificate (she even offered to join us to register Aiden!) We can highly recommend using her services. She is not only a very knowledgeable Doula but also a great person.
“ What do you say to someone when “thank you” just isn’t enough? That’s exactly how I feel about all the support Vicky has given me and my husband before, during and after the birth of our first son. From the first moment I met Vicky I was sure she had the right experience and even more important, the heart in the right place, to give us the confidence and guidance during labour. What I did not expect was the countless of tips & tricks she also gave us after our son was born. She really improved all of our well-being those first earthshaking days after labour. I want to thank Vicky from the bottom of my heart for everything she’s done for us, I cannot recommend her enough!
Vicky was an absolute blessing in the early days of Chloe’s arrival, and throughout our early months. Vicky joined us whilst we were still in the hospital to share her breastfeeding expertise, and she quickly being my coach, translator, and champion during some very trying doctor’s visits, not to mention giving regular visits at home to provide support and advice around the many questions we had as new parents. Vicky feels more like a wonderful and deeply knowledgeable friend that brings love and warmth for both you and your child. Her calming effect was deeply helpful to our little new family, and her knowledge is significant and diverse. I cannot imagine my early months with Chloé without thinking of Vicky’s wonderful participation and influence. She even coached me in the early days of returning to my postpartum fitness- I did the course of hypopressive method and the results were amazing!she is the most multifaceted mother and child expert I’ve had the pleasure to know.
Vicky is a wonderful person. We decided to work with her right there at a cafe where we met for the first time. We didn’t have any doubts. We felt like she was the family. We asked her many questions and liked the way she responded, we liked that she was very open and honest and helpful as well. Vicky helped us to enroll in the hospital we wanted and she supported us through the whole journey. She was a tremendous help during the delivery and I am so grateful to her to had been telling me “push, push, you can do it!”. I had my husband with me, but he wouldn’t be able to support me in a way I needed it at the very moment when we had difficulties with the baby coming out. He was behind me, close to my head, but Vicky was by my side, encouraging and telling me what to do when it was exactly needed and explaining things that were going on while midwives were working. I understand Spanish well, and can speak a bit, it would be enough to be able to communicate during the delivery experience. But having a person with you that can be a middle man between you and doctors, can speak for you from the point of a person that knows what has to be done and knows what You want, is very valuable. I strongly recommend Vicky as a doula. If we ever having a baby again, we will ask Vicky to help us out, no doubts!
We took Vicky’s prenatal classes and also hired her as our doula. Without a doubt, I wouldn’t have accomplished a natural, drug-free 17-hour labor without Vicky’s help. She and my husband made the perfect team and I felt 100% supported every minute of my labor. Not only did Vicky help make sure I was as comfortable as possible, she acted as a liaison with the hospital staff, which was very helpful considering I don’t speak perfect Spanish. She was also instrumental in helping with breastfeeding in the days after giving birth. If you’re aiming for a natural birth, Vicky should be part of your plan! Giselle Timmerman As the husband in this whole affair, I really appreciated the support we received from Vicky. She was really flexible with us during the prenatal class as we had some travel plans that interfered with the regular schedule. Perhaps what I was most appreciative of was the fact that Vicky really made me feel included in the whole process. During the birth especially, Vicky really helped me be there for my wife, making sure that I could stay focused on her, and not the distractions of our surroundings. She also made sure I was fanning, massaging, watering, etc…. my wife correctly. Thanks Vicky! Julian Timmerman
When I became pregnant I started to look for doula in Barcelona. We are foreigners and my husband travels a lot because of his work. I was afraid that he might not be able to be around on time in case I give the birth earlier. What a huge relief when I found Vicky’s website. Vicky was great support from the beginning. She is very energetic, happy and friendly person. It is easy to recognise that she is experienced and loves her job very much. I can not thank her enough for her help during my pregnancy and also after the birth. When we had any doubts I was always confident to contact her knowing she is going to help us. During my last weeks of pregnancy my husband worked a lot. It was really nice to know that there is a person I could rely on and I am not alone if something happen. As we are already planing to have another baby I can definitely say that we will contact Vicky again.
When looking for a Doula my main aim was to find someone to speak Catalan or Spanish for us at the birth, I wasn’t really sure we needed one for anything else… After a recommendation from a friend we met Vicky when I was about 20 weeks pregnant. When discussing the birth she made me feel relaxed about hospitals, methods, possibilities and also explained her own experiences. Walking away from that first meeting I already felt happier and more relaxed about dealing with pregnancy and childbirth in Barcelona. Things all went a bit mental at 28 weeks (6 months) pregnant. I was admitted to hospital for 3 weeks with preterm labour and other complications. I was in our private hospital, Clinca Corachan. Vicky visited 2-3 times every week, helping with the language barrier and bringing me essentials and snacks. She was incredibly thoughtful and considerate. Luckily baby Oscar decided to wait a bit longer. When I was released from hospital at 31 weeks pregnant I was put on strict bedrest – no activity except showers – and told he could come anytime! Vicky visited regularly, even bringing pasta dishes to help George. She said wonderful things that kept me so positive and reminded me to work on one day at a time. As the weeks passed at home we realised that i may actually hold Oscar until he was full term! Vicky then helped me switch to the public health service as they would suit my natural birth wishes more than the private insurance service. Vicky also then gave us private Antenatal classes at home because I couldn’t get out to her classes. At 38 weeks, after months of crossing my legs, we were told that I needed to be induced due to mild preeclampsia. We met Vicky at the hospital about 5pm, labour started at 6pm and Oscar had arrived by 1.30am! Vicky was there from start to finish, she was my guiding light through the quick and intense birth. She translated the midwifes and ensured George knew what was happening whilst encouraging his involvement. She kept me focused and breathing correctly, because of her support I managed the labour with only gas and air as pain relief. After the birth Vicky also helped me breastfeed with no pain or soreness, she taught me various positions and how to get a correct latch, and Vicky helped us with our extensive paperwork and appointments to get Oscar registered. It is impossible to put a value on Vicky’s work, she has been a lot more than a translator! She has supported us though 3 crazy months, at the birth of our first child and I hope she will remain a friend now. She has been my guardian angel, I felt determined, positive and strong throughout a difficult pregnancy and an intense birth, and for this, more than anything else, we thank Vicky. She will always have a place in our family’s lives. We hope that many people get to share Vicky’s wealth of knowledge and kindness, we recommend her highly to all expecting couples. Huge love and thanks The Lanham Family xx
Hello! My name is Togzhan, I’m 33 and I am a mother. The last part is the most pleasant to write about myself. Firstly, because I’ve been waiting for my baby way longer than 40weeks but rather last several years , secondly it’s a great pleasure of all pleasures to be a mother in spite of all possible difficulties or worries. In fact, one of the biggest challenge is the beginning of that journey-Delivery. I’ve started preparing myself before the date psychologically and physically and to make the process more informing I did a research on “doula service” and it was one of the luckiest thing in my life to find doula Vicky in Barcelona. Being a foreigner with little Spanish plus low knowledge in healthcare of new country it’s not easy to get maximum of a comfort for pregnant lady. However with Vicky the whole process was much more pleasant and most important it gave me confidence and security. My husband and I went through special classes before delivery where we were trained and tutored from the scratch with all necessary information without counting her own time. She is trained and experienced in childbirth and is mother herself. She has a good knowledge and awareness of female physiology. She works on keeping birth normal and empowering, and though my birth become complicated and required medical assistance, she still remained by my side and gave confidence and assisted us through the decision making process and provided balanced information on the situation. Her knowledge of three languages and fluent understanding of my accent was a bonus. She became my friend who gave me support and belief in myself even after birth when I faced some problems with lactation and child care. She instructed but let my own intuition do the job and was helping me to listen and trust it more. My husband was skeptical in the beginning to use a doula service but after all he appreciated it the most. Vicky has amazing personality, her sincerity and kindness is limitless and she will stay in my heart forever. Thank you!
Birth Day: Friday, November 14, 2014 at 11:47pm Melody Gilman: My labor with Vicky as my Doula Choosing Vicky as my Doula was the best decision that I could have made during my pregnancy. I cannot imagine my labor and delivery without her. She was also a huge source of support during the last few weeks of my pregnancy, especially since we had a terrible rollercoaster of medical problems – and we were not sure if we should try for a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) or not. We wanted one, but we knew that there was a high possibility of needing a cesarean. Vicky was very calm and patient, listening and giving very good advice. It was reassuring to know that she was on our team because it was our first time having a baby in Spain and we had no idea what to expect. Vicky helped us to prepare for labor and delivery. Best of all, having her there really put my husband at ease to know that she would be there to back him up so that everything wouldn’t be on his shoulders alone. The labor and delivery itself was not what we expected, but it worked out great in the end. I thought I was in labor a few days before the actual birth, and Vicky came over in the middle of the night and stayed four hours or so until she was sure that I was not in active labor yet. I really appreciated that she was willing to come over at all hours, even if it turned out to be just very early labor. Finally when the big day came we waited to call her until we were totally sure that it was the real thing. It was already seven in the morning so we decided to meet her at the hospital because traffic would be too heavy and we thought the baby was coming fast. The taxi ride was intense and I was having contractions every three minutes or less. But as soon as we arrived at the hospital things slowed down – so I decided not to get checked right away. Instead, Vicky encouraged me to walk around a little to get labor going again. So we took a nice stroll around the hospital, stopping to lean on a tree every time a contraction hit. Eventually we went inside the lobby and relaxed there an hour or two more. Then we went to the café and had some snacks with tea for lunch. The entire morning was so nice, and I am so glad that we waited to be checked in because this positive experience gave me so much strength for what was to come. The deep breathing and other coping techniques that we had discussed with Vicky really helped. They carried me all the way through until I hit transition, which was not until the evening. Moaning with noise was what helped the best, and leaning over a table or bed while moving my hips. However, after they broke my water, the contractions began to come faster and stronger. At that point the breathing and movements were less helpful. But Vicky was great. She kept me company while my husband had to leave for a moment to get something to eat and restore his strength. It meant so much to me that he could do that, and that I wouldn’t be alone meanwhile. Another thing that was very important was the language barrier. I don’t speak much Spanish yet and my husband usually translates for me, so having her there to do that when he was gone was extremely important. She also helped by communicating with the midwife and being an advocate for us with the medical staff there. And I really appreciated Vicky being flexible about what hospital we wanted to deliver at, even though it is more difficult to have a natural birth at a private hospital. So getting permission from our doctor ahead of time for Vicky to be there made all the difference. At first the midwife was not kind or flexible with Vicky, but she won her over by then end once she saw how professional Vicky was. When things got really intense I remember holding onto Vicky for dear life, like a life preserver in the ocean. I was squeezing her hand so hard that I am surprised I didn’t break her fingers – but she said later that she was used to it – no harm done. As thing got progressively worse I remember her voice telling me that I was making progress and dilating faster. She was also doing mirror-breathing so that I could copy her when I would get too lost in the pain. She was an anchor for me back to reality and a lifeline to help me know what I should be doing. When finally it became obvious that I needed an epidural, she helped explain it to my husband and because he respected her opinion so much he was able to trust that it was the right decision (even though we had said we wouldn’t get one beforehand). Putting in the epidural was almost the worst part, and I wasn’t sure that I would be able to hold still through one of those terrible contractions – but with encouragement from Vicky and my husband I somehow got through it. After the low-dose epidural, things moved quickly and I dilated fast once I was able to relax a little. But I was still very disoriented from the intense experience before, and so I depended heavily on Vicky and my husband to tell me how to breathe. When they moved me into the delivery room, I asked for Vicky to come and they let her, even though it’s not standard. And I am so glad they did because it made such a huge difference. During the pushing I really held onto the sound of her voice telling me when to push and for how long. Even though I could feel it when the contractions came (thanks to a VERY low dose epidural) it was necessary for them to coach me with the pushing because I couldn’t see what was going on. Then when the baby was crowning Vicky told me she could see blonde hair, and that really encouraged me a lot that the baby was almost here. It gave me the courage to push even when I was scared of tearing. My husband and Vicky also helped me to curl up into the pushing position when I was too weak to do it by myself. They both helped me to be brave with their constant encouragements. When the baby’s head came out we discovered that the umbilical cord was around his neck, which was why he hadn’t been dropping or descending before. Once freed, suddenly they were putting my son onto my chest… and he was wide awake and healthy. I couldn’t believe it! After so many months of sickness, pain and fear – our baby was finally with us and we had somehow managed a vaginal birth despite all the problems during the pregnancy! It was a miracle and a dream come true. The next day Vicky visited us at the hospital and helped me get off to a good start with breastfeeding. Being able to have a vaginal birth and to have my baby with me for over an hour before they cleaned him up really was wonderful experience, and helped me to solidly establish breast feeding and bond with my son. The midwife was so impressed by Vicky’s professionalism that she stopped by my room to get Vicky’s contact information in case she ever had another expat patient. She saw during my labor how important it is for a patient to have another woman there to support only her and who also speaks the same language. Having a baby in another country is such a scary and vulnerable experience, so having someone to support you and help you communicate your wishes to the hospital staff was very important to me. Having Vicky as my doula made a huge difference for my husband and I. She was both a birth coach and a friend. We can’t imagine our birth experience without her. I know that her involvement helped us make it to the finish line with a much more positive experience then we would have had otherwise. We can’t imagine our birth experience without her and we will highly recommended her to any friends who might become pregnant.
We met Vicky right after we found out about my pregnancy and from the beginning till the birth and -even after the birth- she was a huge help for me and and my husband as well. She helped us go through all the challenges we faced- being an expat we had a few!- and made sure everything went smoothly before, during, and after the birth. Me and my hubby took anti natal classes with her. Her calm, positive and loving attitude calmed me down big time, gave me trust and prepared us for our little miracle. I can’t recommend her enough! I truly believe all couples, especially expat couples need someone like her by their side. Thank you Vicky
After a relaxed meeting with Vicky where she outlined the doula services she could provide we decided we would like her to be at our birth. We felt Vicky gave good advice and information with no bias as to which options were the best for us. Her knowledge and experience of different birth scenarios helped us to prepare the birth plan that we wanted and her vibrant and friendly personality kept us calm and made us feel supported and cared for throughout the process. Vicky was quick and organised when we called to let her know that labour had begun. She arrived at our house with a taxi ready and ensured we had everything we needed. Her stamina throughout the labour was incredible, she guided us through the breathing techniques which we had completely forgotten and spent hours massaging my back through the contractions, at my request, both things eased the pain greatly. Vicky is calm and loving and does the job because she loves the experience and wants to make birth a positive experience for couples – we don’t believe our experience would have been as positive had she not been there. With Spanish not being our native language Vicky was quick to translate and assist not only during the birth but with explanations before and after when needed. The aftercare she provided at the hospital and in the home with paperwork and breastfeeding was above and beyond our expectations and we would have struggled greatly without her support in these areas. Words are not enough to express how thankful we are that we met Vicky. We would ask Vicky to be at the birth of any other children we have and can whole heartedly recommend her as a doula. Sarah & Adam – parents to Thomas 3.5kg, born naturally in the water at Maternitat hospital with no interventions or pain relief.
I started to look for a doula a couple of months before my due month. I decided to have a doula at my birth because I wanted a natural birth, someone who knows what to do and esp. who can speak English as I am a foreigner. Vicky was recommended to me via a friend and when I met her, I knew I wanted to work with her. I liked her positive energy, friendliness and easy-going attitude. Vicky was a great help during the birth as she was advising me what to do according to what was going on and esp. after the birth when she taught me how to breastfeed and answered all my questions I had about the care of a newborn baby. I am very happy about my decisions to have a doula and to work with Vicky. I strongly recommend her! Martina
Having Vicky as my doula made the last weeks of pregnancy much less stressful as my husband was traveling and I felt secure that Vicky would be there to support me if do go in labor early. She is a very kind and friendly person and I knew I could call her anytime. Her breastfeeding advises were invaluable as they helped me avoid sore nipples. Definitely would recommend her!
After checking out other Doulas in Barcelona, Vicky came highly recommended from my Dr at Teknon. Once meeting her, I knew she was the one for me! Easy going and never ever pushy in her opinions. You can instantly tell Vicky loves her work, she truly wants to help you. Although I didn’t have the natural birth I would of liked, she was still at the hospital doing everything she could. Not only is she full of knowledge about pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, she will help you in any other way she can too. Vicky was translating, helping my family and filling in forms. All to make my experience of giving birth in a foreign country better. Vicky is a very kind and thoughtful person, and she does all of this whilst bringing up 3 children of her own! Victoria and Ewan
My experience with Doula Vicky was absolutely incredible! She has the rare combination of extraordinary talent and know-how, deep passion, and love for her work as a Doula. My husband and I were expecting our first child when we sought Vicky’s expertise and Doula services. I am from the USA and have been in Spain conducting research and learning Castellano. Initially, I was very scared about receiving maternity care and delivering our first child in an unfamiliar country, where I was not fluent in the language. Vicky clearly understood my concerns and fears. Her approach was to provide us with information on all procedures and empower us to make our own decisions on the birth process. When I started to feel contractions, I talked with Doula Vicky about everything my body was feeling and she talked me through how to cope with early labor. Once the contractions got to be more intense, Vicky arrived at our house quickly and walked my husband through preparing everything for the hospital. After the delivery of my daughter, Vicky patiently helped me through the breastfeeding process, which can take some time and be painful without help. I am so grateful for Doula Vicky’s kindness, knowledge and professionalism. Vicky is now a member of our family! I am so very pleased to recommend Vicky’s Doula services to anyone giving birth in Spain particularly if you are not a native Spaniard. Aisha Bryant
I can't tell you how much more prepared and assured both my husband and i feel about the impending birth of our first baby. As you know it is such a daunting thought and made particularly harder in a foreign country and different language but after your classes we feel 100% more prepared than we did beforehand. You have changed our mindset to think about all those formally scary things like contractions, water breaking and pain in to positive aspects that we are capable of conquering. You really are fantastic at what you do and a true gem for all Barcelona mum and mum's to be! Thank you! Love, Erin and Kane
Picking Vicky as our doula was the easiest and best decision I ever made! Living in a foreign country and having a first child is exciting and terrifying and she was by our side every step of the way, modifying how she could support us in the midst of a global pandemic. It never just felt like a “service” - she truly cared and was deeply invested in our pregnancy and little one. The practical support, advice and reassurance she provided from day 1 was invaluable and I would highly recommend her. In addition to her help, I know we have a lifelong friend which is more than we ever expected. Jenni and Ben (parents of Oliver Thomas)