About Me

My Name is Eleanor Fowler.(most people call me Els).

I was born in 1974 and married Jim in 1999. We have 3 children, Emily, Thomas and Dominic (Born in 2000, 2002, and 2005).We live on the Buckinghamshire/Oxfordshire border. 

I spent the first 14 years of my working life, until 2008 in the recruitment industry.  I believe this has developed my natural ability to listen to what people want and then  to support them to try and achieve it…very much like a doula.

Since becoming a doula I have attended nearly 100 births and have supported dozens of families with their new babies.

I started offering the night nanny service when my children got a bit older and so many clients asked if I would help at night.

I first heard the word doula, from a friend who lives in Greece and had one at the birth of her first child. This is actually where the word originated from, meaning ‘slave’, but I don’t think that conveys the full role of the modern-day doula.

I believe that the most important thing for a pregnant and labouring woman, and her partner, is to be treated with empathy, kindness and respect. This means really listening to the woman and taking on board her wishes, and reassuring her all the way so that her confidence in herself will grow, so that whatever type of birth she will have in the end, she will have a positive experience and memory of it.

I do believe natural birth is what a woman’s body is capable of, but also recognise you may be fearful of the birth and questioning of your ability to cope.  I aim to provide the continuous physical, emotional and practical support before, during and after childbirth to ensure you will have the best possible birth experience.

From my own experience, I know how different types of treatment can make a huge difference to the woman's perception of her labour, which will stay with her for years.