"The minute I got home and saw my lovely doula Lydia Retusch-Webb waiting at my door, I instantly cried tears of relief, relaxed and the contractions came like clockwork again. Candlelight, soothing music and knowing my mum waiting in my lounge whilst Dan and Lydia were looking after me in the bedroom meant I felt safe even before the homebirth Midwife arrived. I didn't have any vaginal exams, or anything else done to me that would have made me feel uncomfortable. I was just nurtured and loved in my own space and left to breath and let nature take its course. 5 hours after returning from hospital, our amazing and beautiful baby was born into the warm water of the birth pool next to my bed. It was amazing and I'm so proud of myself for challenging the system to bring her into the world in the way I'd hoped for, and so thankful to all those amazing human beings who educated me that this was possible. " 2020 Mum Haywards"...
"Your help and encouragement since T arrived have been wonderful and I'm glad you will be able to go and help other woman as a postnatal doula"
"Dear Lydia, we just wanted to say a massive thank you for all what you did for us antenatally and during the birth of baby E. Without your support in the labour things would have ended very differently. Thank you for the encouragement and for believing in my ability to birth naturally. You really are a gem and we'll recommending you to our friends. With love from V, R, N + E , Sep 2015"
"Thank you so much for your amazing support during my pregnancy, the night T was born and since then. I’m so pleased that you were here to share the amazing experience the night she was born. It was incredibly empowering to have the female presence of you here." Mum D East Grinstead 2013
"Thank you for being there for us through this most joyous as well as challenging time of our family! I did have the birth I had wanted & it was all because of the great team of people that were there to support me with you being one of such great people, being totally trusting and non-judgemental, helping and encouraging me through the process of pregnancy, birth and postnatal journey." G & M, Felbridge
"Just a note to say "Thank you". We really enjoyed sharing the arrival of baby A with you. The support you provided us was fantastic. B & K, London, 2010"