Birth Doula

Initial Visit

I offer a free initial visit to explore whether I could be the right doula for you. In this 45 minutes – 1 hour session we can answer each others questions and find out what it is you would hope from having me as your doula. It is important that you feel happy and comfortable with those supporting you during this experience. This appointment can be at any point in your pregnancy.

During Pregnancy

We will have at two to four appointments before your baby arrives, this is tailored to your individual needs and circumstances. During these appointments we will have time to get to know each other and discuss what support you want.

  • This will be the time to talk about your options and make plans for the labour, birth and the early days with your baby.
  • I will provide a listening ear and can help you source evidence based information on your choices and options.
  • We can talk through previous birth experiences, hopes, dreams and concerns.
  • I encourage your birth partner(s) to be present during these appointments, as I am there to support them too.
  • These appointments can help to prepare your children for labour and a new baby, if this is not your first.
  • You can borrow books and DVD’s from my extensive library.
  • I can offer referrals to other professionals as needed.

These sessions can last up to two hours and we can tailor the focus and content to your hopes and needs.

I will be contactable between our visits by phone, text and email to provide support. I would be happy to accompany you to healthcare appointments, if this would feel helpful to you (taken from the above visits or chargable at an hourly rate).

The Birth

I will be on call 24/7 from the date we agree on (tailored to your circumstances) until you call me to support you in labour and at your birth. The on call period can be personalised to you, but typically begins at 38 weeks. During labour or while preparing for a planned cesarean birth, I will be by your side offering one to one emotional and practical support to you and your birth partner(s).

The kind of support I provide will depend on what you feel you need and what we have discussed during our appointments. It may include: helping you to breath through contractions; hip squeezes; taking turns to put pressure on just the right spot on your back; fetching drinks for you and your birth partner(s); being your advocate with healthcare professionals; reassuring you and your birth partner(s); filling the birth pool; sitting with your children… There is no defined list!

If you would like, I will bring my camera with me to take some photos during your labour, birth and the first moments with your baby. Many parents treasure these photos for years to come.

The Early Postnatal Days

I offer two visits after the birth. This time can be to discuss and debrief your birth experience, find out how you are adjusting to life with a newborn (whether it is your first or fifth) and provide some practical support.

  • During these visits I can prepare some food and snacks for you.
  • If you need someone to run you a bath and then look after the baby whilst you soak in it, I’m there to do that.
  • I will provide a listening ear over cups of tea, that I have made!
  • Small housework jobs can be taken care of.
  • I can help you source evidence based information on your choices and options.
  • You can borrow books and DVD’s from my extensive library.
  • I can offer referrals to other professionals as needed.
  • Before we say goodbye, we can make sure you have a plan for managing this adjustment period with the support you need.

These sessions will last up to two hours and we can tailor the focus and content to your hopes and needs. I will be contactable between our visits by phone, text and email to provide support.

Further postnatal doula care can be provided by arrangement, further information can be found on my postnatal doula page, or I can refer you to other local postnatal doulas.

Cost

As I am currently a ‘mentored birth doula’ with Doula UK my fees are reduced, please get in touch with me to discuss.

This includes of all of the above and my travel costs. This cost takes into account my experience and the time and care I offer you.

Please refer to my fees page for further information.