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"Whenever and however you intend to give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body and your spirit for the rest of your life." - Ina May Gaskin

“We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.” – Laura Stavoe Harm

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"When you change the way you view birth, the way you birth will change." - Marie Mongan

Hello and welcome!

My name is Roberta, mum of 2 and a Hungarian Fife based birth and postpartum doula. I offer birth and postpartum support in Fife, Dundee, Angus, Edinburgh, the Lothians, Stirlingshire and Perth & Kinross. 

If you are here, you are either thinking of becoming pregnant, are pregnant or had a baby. Whatever your circumstances… A massive WELCOME.  

Please take a look around my site and feel free to get in touch for a no obligations chat!

“Birth is an opportunity to transcend. To rise above what we are accustomed to, reach deeper inside ourselves than we are familiar with, and to see not only what we are truly made of, but the strength we can access in and through birth.” – Marcie Macari

"Childbirth is an experience in a woman’s life that holds the power to transform her forever. Passing through these powerful gates – in her own way – remembering all the generations of women who walk with her… She is never alone." - Suzanne Arms

About Me

My journey to supporting birth started in an unconventional way. Being from ex-communist Slovakia (from the Hungarian region of Felvidék), my initial understanding of birth has been limited to compulsory episiotomies, enemas, separation of mothers and babies right after birth and obstetric abuse. This seemed to be the “norm” and you just had to “shut up and endure it, like everyone else”. 

Whilst living abroad in my early twenties, I came in contact with Vipassana meditation as taught by Goenka and my journey into deconditioning the mind, dealing with generational trauma and taking self-responsibility began. 

After this, upon moving to London, it wasn’t long until plant teachers found me. Through my experience with indigenous ceremonies with the Native American Church, my eyes have been opened to the importance of birth as a rite of passage for both the mother and child.  

When I became pregnant with my first child, I knew that I wanted to do things differently. I enrolled on a doula course and decided to have a semi-wild pregnancy with no scans or blood tests and instead embarked on a journey of self-trust. This pregnancy culminated in the home-birth of my daughter Luna, an event that changed me in ways I couldn’t have imagined. 

My calling is to support  women in having empowered birth experiences. To change the world and heal generational traumas, one birth at a time. 

Services - Full Packages

Full Birth Doula Support

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  • 2-3 birth preparation appointments to discuss your birth preferences, and your intentions for your pregnancy, birth and postpartum period
  • Support with clarifying your birth preferences and creating a birth plan
  • Email and Whatsapp support throughout your pregnancy
  • Support and encouragement to listen to your intuition and do what is uniquely right for you at birth
  • Providing you with relevant information depending on your individual circumstances
  • Being on call for you from week 38 until you have your baby
  • During birth I will be your advocate, make sure that you are listened to, provide encouragement and physical, emotional and practical support 
  • 2 Follow up postpartum visits with home-cooked food
  • Referral to postpartum support if needed 

In addition, you can also hire a birth pool free of charge as part of the package (depending on availability).

  • I charge £1000 for the full birth support package.
  • (Upon booking, a deposit of £250 is required to secure your on-call period)
  • Payment plans and concession prices are available upon request
  • *Fuel and parking fees are billed extra, if needed

Full Postpartum Doula Support

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  • 8 x 3-4 hr postpartum visits (to be used in the first 3 months after your baby’s birth)
  • Visits include but are not limited to bringing home-cooked nutrient dense meals, providing practical, physical and emotional support (including light massage)
  • Support in putting together a postpartum plan for you and your family
  • Email and Whatsapp support throughout your 4th Trimester (3 months after birth)
  • Organizing a daily meal train for you from your family, friends and immediate community for the first 3 weeks
  • Signposting you to relevant information and community support
  • Birth debriefing
  • I charge £1000 for the full postpartum support package.
  • (Upon booking, a deposit of £250 is required to secure your postpartum spot)
  • Payment plans and concession prices are available upon request
  • *Fuel and parking fees are billed extra, if needed

Other Services

I also offer a variety of other stand alone services. Please see the details below.

Mother's Blessing

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A Mother’s Blessing Ceremony celebrates the mother and creates space to honour and support a woman’s journey into motherhood. The focus during the ceremony is on the mother as opposed to the traditional baby blessing, which focuses primarily on the baby.  

During the gathering the mother-to-be gathers with close women friends and family members with the aim for them to shower her with support, blessings and love on her journey into motherhood.

I organise and facilitate the Mother’s Blessing for you and ensure that the event is in line with how you would like to be celebrated and blessed for the journey of motherhood ahead.

  • I charge £150 for the organization and facilitation of the Mother’s blessing
  • *Fuel and parking fees are billed extra, if needed

Birth Debriefing

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A birth debrief provides a birthing woman an opportunity to talk about her birth experience. By telling the birth story there is an opportunity to make sense of it and integrate this monumental event.

The overall idea of birth debriefing is to give you a supportive space where you can fill in any gaps. You may want to ask questions, talk about how you feel about your birth or just talk generally about the experience

 

Upon booking a birth debrief you will be sent a questionnaire which will be followed by a 90 minute online or in person birth debrief session.

  • A 90 minute session costs £75
  • (Upon booking, a non-refundable deposit of £25 is taken to secure your slot)
  • *Fuel and parking fees are billed extra, if needed

Birth Pool Hire

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You will receive a birth pool with all necessary bits you will need to use it (including 2 hoses). Please note, you will have to get your own liner. The birth pool will be delivered to you latest by your 38th week. And picked up after you have given birth. 

  • The birth pool hire is £85
  • *Delivery is billed extra, if needed
  • The Birth Pool Hire is free of charge if you book a full birth doula support package (subject to availability).

Postpartum Support

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  • 3-4 hr postpartum visit 
  • Visits include but are not limited to bringing home-cooked nutrient dense meals, providing practical, physical and emotional support (including light massage)
  • Signposting you to relevant information and community support
  • I charge £75/visit
  • *Fuel and parking fees are billed extra, if needed

1:1 Hypnobirthing

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Family Constellation

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"Imagine if our culture told us that birth was one of the greatest things a woman might ever do. Imagine if the stories and images we were exposed to taught us that labour is an incredible and transformational experience. A rite of passage into motherhood" - Leonie MacDonald

Member of the Scottish Doula Network

Completed Doula course with Red Tent

Supported 20+ families

Ongoing commitment to self-enquiry

Fluent in Hungarian

“A woman in birth is at once her most powerful, and most vulnerable. But any woman who has birthed unhindered understands that we are stronger than we know.” – Marcie Macari

Testimonials

Roberta has a very calm and considered and reflective approach which allows for families own choices to be nurtured whilst she signposts to useful information to consider. Her practical skills are delivered with kindness - nutritious hearty soups, healthy fruit and fibre packed muffins, relaxing massage oils and herbs to support recovery and non-intrusive home help (a 5 minute clear up to clear your view ).
Amy MacGann
Roberta supported me throughout my pregnancy and after birth. She helped me to take the right decisions and gave me research based information whenever I needed. Also she put together a baby blessing for me, creating a space where I felt supported, loved and very much cared for. After birth she transformed into a kitchen fairy, giving my husband the chance to be with us. And on top of everything she brought us the most delicious food and sweet treats, that after a 40 hour labour were nourishing both my body and soul. Thanks for everything!
Hajnalka Török
Very high recommend as doula! I can't write down what I feel. She is just perfect!
Krisztina Endrédi

"Birth is not only about making babies. It’s about making mothers; strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and believe in their inner strength." - Barbara Katz Rothman

Contact details

roberta@robertaforest.com
07547530002
Kinghorn, Fife Scotland

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