What is a Doula?

A doula is a professional birthing companion who understands and knows about pregnancy and birth. They provide personalised emotional and practical support for the whole family during the pregnancy, birth and the first few weeks in a non-judgemental way. They are not there to take the place of the partner or the midwife and are not medically trained. Their aim is to empower women to make informed choices about their maternity care.

Find out more at Doula UK.

 

How can a doula help?

Research has found that support from a doula is related to…

  • Reduced risk of Caesarean birth
    • Reduced risk of instrumental birth
    • Reduced need for painkillers or epidural during birth
    • Reduced rate of induction of labour
    • Shorter labour
    • Increased likelihood of successfully establishing breastfeeding & breastfeeding at 6 weeks

See more at Doula UK &Cochrane

Your partner?

I am there as an extra source of support in addition to your partner and the midwife. Midwives are often working with multiple labouring women. I aim to offer you continuity of care throughout your pregnancy, labour and beyond. Partners can often be nervous, as a doula I can support them on what to do to help. It is hard to see your loved one in pain and an impartial person with knowledge of birth and anatomy will make both you and your partner feel more relaxed and safe during labour.

Birth Doula Services

The Birth Service 

Initial Consultation

Once you have been in contact I will send you an information pack. This will be followed by a telephone consultation. After the telephone consultation we will meet face-to-face to discuss which support package you would prefer. If you wish to proceed you will then pay a deposit to secure my services.

Antenatal Sessions (60-90 mins)

I offer a minimum of two antenatal sessions one at 25-30 weeks and one at 30-35 weeks. We may also meet informally (especially if you live close by). In these meetings I will share information on the physiology of birth, the hormones involved, the hospital system, we will discuss any concerns and develop birth preferences.

Ongoing support

Once booked I am available for questions and support via Skype, text, phone, whatsapp and email.

On call & Support during the birth

I will be on call day and night from 38 weeks until the birth.We will agree together when I should make my way to you once labour has started. I will remain with you until your baby has been born and you are settled in the hospital or at home.

Postnatal visit

I will visit you once after you give birth to debrief the experience, discuss any concerns and get feedback.

A Mother breastfeeding her little baby boy in her arms.

Hypnobirthing Antenatal Classes

Hypnobirthing teaches women to trust their body and baby to achieve a calm and confident birth

newborn

"If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it" - John Kennel, MD

Postnatal Doula Services

As a postnatal doula I offer guidance and emotional/practical support to families in the first 12 weeks after birth. I can visit the home or accompany you on outings for as many days as required (Up to 4 hours a day). I’ll be there to support with feeding, shopping, baby meltdowns, trips out, appointments, to allow you to catch up on sleep or to hold the baby whilst you take some time for yourself. Often when the partner goes back to work women feel most isolated and prone to postnatal depression. I have worked with mothers experiencing psychosis, anxiety and depression.

Get in touch to create a service specific to your needs.

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Specialities

Birth

Working with Muslim Women
Survivors of sexual abuse
Mental Health
VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)
Postnatal depression
Healing Births

Postnatal

Support for Single Parents
Support for New Parents
Support for Mature 40+ Women
Recovery from Cesarean Section
Recovery from Traumatic Birth