I offer a free initial visit to explore whether I could be the right doula for you. It is important that you feel happy and comfortable with those supporting you during your labour and birth. This appointment can be at any point in your pregnancy.
On average, we will have at 2 – 3 appointments before your baby arrives, but this is tailored to individual need. 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 in labour, birth and the early days with your baby. I will provide a listening ear and can help you source evidence based information. These appointments can help to prepare your children for labour and a new baby, if this is not your first. I will also be contactable between our visits by phone, text and email to provide support. I would also be happy to accompany you to healthcare appointments if you feel this would be helpful.
I will be on call 24/7 from 37 weeks until your labour and birth. 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 Days
I will visit you twice after the birth to discuss and debrief the 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. Further postnatal doula care can be provided by arrangement, further information can be found on my postnatal doula page.
Cost: £700, inclusive of all of the above and my travel costs.
Please refer to my fees page for further information.