Birth Doula Services
Ante Natal Sessions
There is so much information to absorb, things to learn, decisions to be made and it can all be really overwhelming, when you are also going through physical emotional and mental changes, as your body adjusts and nurtures the growing baby inside you.
How can I assist you in an ante natal session:
Birth Planning: Talking through your birth plan and helping you create the plan that reflects your wishes
Information and education: Help with navigating all of the information and advice you are being given, so that you can make informed decisions about your birth experience.
Emotional Support: Pregnancy can bring about a range of emotions, and I, as a doula, have a very good listening ear. I will hold for you a safe and comforting space to express any concerns or fears you may have and provide reassurance and encouragement.
Continuity of care: Meeting your doula during antenatal sessions ensures continuity of care. It allows me to build a relationship with you and your partner, which can be comforting and reassuring throughout the pregnancy journey and if required with ongoing post natal support. Just getting to know how you like your tea made (or not) and your likes and dislikes, will help me hold the space for you during labour.
Oxytocin: An Oxytocin producing session of gentle touch, calm and relaxation
Cacao: An introduction to using Cacao during pregnancy and birth
You can book an Ante Natal session with me as a one off but if I am your Doula you will get several of these as part of the package that I offer, so that we can get to know each other and build the trust that will carry you through your birth journey
I believe that every birthing person deserves to have a positive, empowering birth experience, and my role is to help make that a reality.
How I can assist you during the birth process:
Emotional support: One of the primary roles of a birth doula is to provide continuous emotional support to the birthing person and their partner. This includes offering reassurance, encouragement, and holding a safe space for the parents to express their fears, concerns, and emotions throughout the birthing process.
Physical comfort measures: I will already know from our ante natal sessions what your preferences are likely to be. Under these guidelines I can offer you physical comfort during labour, such as suggesting positions for optimal comfort, providing massages, using heat or cold packs, guiding breathing exercises, and offering assistance with relaxation techniques.
Advocacy: I can can advocate for your birth preferences (as laid out in your birth plan) and ensure that your wishes are communicated effectively to the healthcare providers. I can help facilitate communication between yourself and partner and the medical staff, ensuring that you are well-informed and actively involved in the decision-making process.
Partner support: I can also support your partner by providing guidance on how to offer effective support during labour. I can help them feel more confident and involved by suggesting ways they can provide physical and emotional comfort and by offering reassurance and encouragement.
Continuous presence: I can be present throughout the entire labour process, providing continuous support and offering a reassuring and calming presence, creating a sense of security for you and your partner during your birthing experience. Even if you need to be on your own at times, you can be confident that I will be patiently waiting on the other side of the door should you need me.
My prices range from £25.00 per hour for an individual session up to £900.00 for packages as a mentored Doula and plenty of options in between.
It is so important that you choose the Doula that is right for you, the one that you know you have a connection with and who you will feel comfortable with on this sacred journey, rather than the one you can afford.
I can be flexible but will also want to honour my experience and time. My hope is that you pick me (or another Doula) because you know in your heart I/she/he will give you the support that you are looking for; then we can create the package that will give you the support you are looking for within your financial budget
Contact me to arrange a free consultation to discuss your Doula needs and to see if I am the right fit for you.