About Dementia Doulas Ltd
Founded in September 2018, Dementia Doulas Ltd provide support and companionship to individuals and families across Cheltenham and the surrounding areas. To find out more about the company, and our Doulas, keep reading below.
What Is A Doula?
The “Doula” role first emerged from the natural birth movement in the United States during the 1960s. Women began desiring unmedicated, low intervention births, and a Doula would be there to support the woman throughout the pregnancy and birth. The role is now defined as a trained companion who is not a healthcare professional that supports an individual through a significant health-related experience, such as childbirth or end of life. They can also provide support to the individual’s partner, family and friends.
Founder and Director Mary Merheim
“After being a teacher of children and teenagers with Autism, I took a break to care for my father and uncle at the end of their lives. I loved it so much I retrained as a carer and found my passion and strength lay in working with people with Dementia. Soon, I realised there was a massive gap in the care available. So, I decided to provide a unique service for families coping with Dementia, and the idea of ‘sharing the caring’ took off. I know that a good children’s nanny can be a godsend, and so I use this concept to support as many families as possible with Dementia.
As well as running Dementia Doulas Ltd, I continue practising as a Doula and specialise in End of Life Care as well as Dementia.
I live near the Racecourse in Cheltenham. In my spare time I travel, horse ride, volunteer as an Appropriate Adult and occasionally compete in 100km endurance events. I am Vice President of the local WI. I grew up in Suffolk and was a competitive showjumper.”