Birth Doula Services

​Giving birth to your baby is one of the most awe-inspiring, wonderful, challenging and rewarding things you will ever do. It will literally be a life changing event.

My philosophy is "Your Body, your baby, your birth". It is all about you and your baby and what you want and need to give you a positive and empowering birth experience.

My role as  your birth doula, is to be your constant, peaceful, source of support and encouragement before, during and after the birth. Working with you and your partner (if you have one). I will support and help you with your informed choices, answer any questions and address any concerns to the you may have, ensure you trust your abilities, reassure and encourage you that you are more than capable of having a wonderful birth experience, the way you want it to be. Be it at home, in a midwifery unit, or in hospital.

 

I will ensure you are aware of all the options available to you, and will always fully respect whatever birth route you decide is right for you. I will listen to you, support and encourage you, emotionally and practically every step of the way, always ensuring that you and your partner don't feel observed, judged or intruded upon in any way.

I can help with hypnobirthing techniques, massaging, breathing, relaxing and encouraging different positions to help with an active labour, including the use of a rebozo if required. I will help your partner be the best that they can be for you, including giving them the opportunity to step back if they need to have a rest, or to refocus themselves.

 

I will be your advocate and help reinforce your birth preferences. I will protect your right to privacy and respect, ensuring you have a relaxing, calm and positive environment while helping you and your partner stay calm, in control, positive, happy, strong and motivated. I will protect your birth space as much as I can. Giving you a feeling of being safe, calm and uninterrupted.

As a birth doula the package that I offer includes:

Initial Interview - usually via zoom (but in person if needed)

An initial, free, no-obligation meeting to get to know each other and see if we would be a good fit and have good chemistry. I'll give you a bit of my background and how I came to become a doula. Also the type of doula I am, we come in many flavours!! I'll also cover in detail what is covered in the birth package.

Coffee chat - usually via zoom (but in person if needed)

This is a non-baby chat. A time for us to get to know each other as people rather than pregnant person and doula!! Usually about 45 minutes to an hour.

Two antenatal sessions.

There is no time limit on how long these sessions run for, but a guide would be 2/3 hours per session. The sessions are primarily to spend time creating a solid and trusting relationship between us. We will discuss what you already know and what you want additional information about. This information will be fact based and complied from case studies, not anyone's 'opinion' on childbirth. We discuss the kind of a birth you want, your hopes and wishes. Your birth preferences for you to share with your healthcare provider and/or midwife and any wishes and any fears or concerns you may have.

First meeting (usually around 30 weeks): could contain, but not be limited to, the points below;

  • Birth physiology

  • Path to Birth

  • Stages of labour and common behaviours seen in women

  • Options for third stage of labour 

  • Delayed/optimal cord clamping

  • Skin-to-skin

  • Your wishes should medical intervention be deemed necessary (B.R.A.I.N)

  • Basics breastfeeding information

  • Your draft birth plan

  • Any concerns you may have

Second meeting (35 weeks): 

  • Practical stuff (how to get to hospital, where to park, how to contact me etc.)

  • Go through your Birth Preference sheet and clarify any changes

  • Cover specific topics that you want to know more about

  • Pain management

  • Caesarean birth

  • Induction/augmentation

  • Massage techniques

  • Breathing techniques

  • Hypnobirthing overview (if you want classes please see my Hypnobirthing services)

  • Finalising your birth plan prior to you midwife appointment at 36 weeks

Birth

  • I will be on call for you from 38 weeks until your baby arrives, though if your baby decides to make an earlier appearance then of course I will do my absolute best to be with you.

  • I will support and encourage you and your partner throughout your labour, and whilst you settle in with your new baby. I won’t leave you until you have happily fed your baby and have comfortably settled and are happy for me to leave you to continue bonding with your new baby, unless otherwise requested by you.

  • If you wish to breastfeed I can help you to ensure your baby latches on easily and painlessly and show you different positions for breastfeeding comfortably and confidently.

Postnatal

  • I will visit you once postnatally at your home. This is when you can debrief your birth (as much or as little as you feel you want to) and we can go over any questions you may have. I signpost you if you need additional help with feeding, especially if you baby has suspected tongue tie.

  • You will also be able to contact me during your postnatal period by telephone or email for six weeks after your baby has arrived with any questions etc you may have.

 

Unlimited phone and email support throughout your pregnancy and six weeks postpartum. You will receive prompt responses to any queries you may have and links to useful information about a whole host of relevant topics. WhatsApp works really well.

I am also a co-founder of The Doula Hub, a very select group of doulas who work together to ensure you are fully covered. As well as having me as your Primary Doula you will have at least one, possibly two other doulas on standby just in case something happens to me and I can not attend your birth. Full profiles and details of how we work can be found on our website 

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