Related Skills & Qualifications:

  • Nurturing Birth Doula training

  • Qualified Birth Light Pregnancy Yoga teacher

  • Qualified Aromatherapist for pregnancy and Birth

  • Quaified Mum & Baby Yoga & Baby Massage Teacher

  • Qualified Breast Feeding supported Le Le Leche League trained.

  • Qualified Incredible Years Baby parenting programme Facilitator 0-12 Months, I am also trained in toddler and pre-school programme.

  • Training in Attachment Parenting

  • Fertility and Womb cleanse practitioner.

  • Up to date DBS Check

 

Experience & Specialities: 

I have supported my clients with Home Birth, Birth centre and Labour ward.  I have supported vaginal twin birth, caesarean and medicated births. I pride myself on being an advocate and support for my clients and tailoring my service to the individuals needs.

TESTIMONIALS

 I went into Labor around 5p.m, Charmaine came over a few hours later as things starter to progress, she really supported me while at home.  We went to St Thomas's hospital birth centre, and there was  Que of 8 or so women waiting for a Bed.  Charmaine supported me through the contractions in the waiting room.  My water's broke further and I was pushed forward to go into a room, within 10 mins I started to push, Khemet was Born shortly after that.


Charmaine really helped me with breathing, birth positions and also how to zone out even in the waiting with room all the noise and other laboring women.  When I had low times she was always there to keep me focused and helped me through. Khemet is my second child and I would highly recommend Charmaine as a Doula, she was professional and sensitive to all my needs, most of all there for me and my family..”

Allison

I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl (Tamare) weighing in at six pounds and eleven ounces. I must admit that from the very start of my pregnancy, this was not at all an easy job and I could not have gotten through it without the help of those who were around to help and support me throughout the most tough times.
Most importantly, I made the very wise choice of getting a doula on board to assist me with my pregnancy and birth. I had heard about doula’s from a few friends who were highly interested in the beauty of having the most natural birth possible and it immediately caught my attention. Following this, a close friend introduced me to a young aspiring doula by the name of Charmaine Murray. Upon meeting Charmaine, I must admit that we got on with each other straight away and she gave me an in depth explanation of what her role would involve, as well as helping me to understand the concept of having a doula as a whole.  


Following this, I decided to accept Charmaine as my doula and we were able to keep a friendly family like bond throughout my whole pregnancy. From start to finish, Charmaine gave me quality week by week advice on what to do during my pregnancy, as well as helping me to complete a birth plan. She offered the most natural alternatives to the most common pregnancy symptoms, such as sitting up right with a cushion for support to avoid back pain as opposed to taking pain killers.


When it came to my actual birth experience, Charmaine had politely asked me in advance for my possible permission for her to attend. She had explained that it was a necessary part of her training and I was more than happy to have her present on the day. During labour, Charmaine offered me the best support for the whole seventeen hours along with my partner and my mum and I would not have had it any other way. Aside from the midwives, Charmaine new exactly what to do to keep me as comfortable as possible and she did everything in her power to avoid me having to take any other pain relief other than gas and air and in the worst case an epidural. In the end I got through my labour using only gas and air and I was extremely proud and excited to see my new baby.
Therefore, I will most definitely recommend Charmaine’s services as a doula to all expectant women wanting the most natural birth experience, as well as the support of an extremely professional, kind hearted and caring individual.”

Tafara & Matthew

“Charmaine was our doula for the birth of our daughter Hannah. We found her support invaluable. She understood what we wanted from the birth and provided advice and help with birth preparation and writing a birth plan. Having Charmaine with us during the labor was reassuring and allowed us to focus just on the labor, breathing through contractions and finding the most comfortable positions for each stage. The labor was very quick and I am sure it would have been longer without Charmaine's calming presence. We would definitely use Charmaine again and would recommend her to other couples.”

Judith & Craig

"As we have no family in London we decided to have a doula to assist us with the birth of our gorgeous first baby, Alistair.  I didn’t want to have a home birth and unlike many of the doulas I spoke to Charmaine doesn't push this or any other type of birth over any other method, she just supported my choices. She helped us to plan how we wanted to have our baby and was a mine of information as well as being a really lovely person who we enjoyed spending time with.When it came to the birth, I had quite a few complications and nothing really went to plan. Both I and my husband were pretty scared but our fabulous doula turned up and just smoothed things out for us. In the end I had to have an emergency caesarian and Charmaine's unstinting support of my hospital phobic husband is one of the main reasons he made it into the theatre to be at the birth.However, the best and nicest thing is that what started out as a professional relationship has developed into a valued friendship. Charmaine did everything we would have expected and more and I would have no trouble recommending her services as a doula."As we have no family in London we decided to have a doula to assist us with the birth of our gorgeous first baby, Alistair.  I didn’t want to have a home birth and unlike many of the doulas I spoke to Charmaine doesn't push this or any other type of birth over any other method, she just supported my choices. She helped us to plan how we wanted to have our baby and was a mine of information as well as being a really lovely person who we enjoyed spending time with.When it came to the birth, I had quite a few complications and nothing really went to plan. Both I and my husband were pretty scared but our fabulous doula turned up and just smoothed things out for us. In the end I had to have an emergency caesarian and Charmaine's unstinting support of my hospital phobic husband is one of the main reasons he made it into the theatre to be at the birth.However, the best and nicest thing is that what started out as a professional relationship has developed into a valued friendship. Charmaine did everything we would have expected and more and I would have no trouble recommending her services as a doula.

 

Shauna