What's a Doula
Doulas support women and families in all kinds of situations, who have different kinds of births and make a wide range of parenting choices.
Doulas do not take a clinical role and work alongside midwives and doctors. They do not advise, but can support a woman to find balanced information to make informed decisions about her maternity care.
Birth doulas provide continuous support, for women and couples, through pregnancy, labour and birth and the immediate postnatal time.
Postnatal doulas provide flexible, practical and emotional support postnatally, for new mothers and families in their own homes.
Birth Doula Support
Giving birth is an amazing experience that should be sacred, beautiful and private, sometimes these can be over shadowed by discomfort, nerves, fear of the unknown and hospital’s staff and atmosphere.
My aim as a Doula is to minimise all of the above. I can explain procedures and technical lingo and I’m there to provide physical and emotional support throughout your pregnancy, birth and postnatal period.
As a Doula, I'm not there to replace your partner, I'm there to support them as well. So they will take an active part (if they wish to) in your baby's birth. Our job is to support and enhance the relationship between parents and not to interfere with the intimate nature of it. We are trained to know when to be hands on and when to step back and allow the couple space to be together. Sometimes this can mean guiding the father on how to emotionally and physically support the mother. Other times it can be as simple as being an extra pairs of hands
Birth Doula package:
A free initial visit in the comfort of your own home to discuss my
services, an opportunity for you to ask questions & explore your ideas on birth.
a chance to debrief any previous birth experiences.
At least two antenatal visits in which we cover antenatal preparation and discuss your wishes, fears, your do’s and don’ts with regards to labour and birth.
help formulating a birth plan document (or birth preferences )
24 hour on call support from 38 – 42 weeks.
Constant attendance during labour and birth and until you are settled after baby’s first feed.
At least one postnatal visit.
Telephone and email support throughout and for as long as you need it.
Prices start from £1000 (depending on location)
As a Postnatal Doula I’m there to help you settle gently into parenthood, if it’s your first time or third, it makes no difference, I’m always happy to help.
I will be there for practical support and, the sometimes, much needed, emotional support.
I'm happy to take on many and varied tasks as a Postnatal Doula, whatever helps your transition into motherhood and will make it a little bit easier on you.
I'm happy to do anything from caring for your baby while you rest to helping with light house chores, prepare dinner and much more.
Whatever you need, just ask.
Postnatal Doula: £20 per hour + travel costs (£0.45 a mile over 9 miles)