As a birth doula, my role is to discuss all your options with you. I will meet with you and your partner, so that we can get to know each other well. My support is based on my knowledge of your philosophies and feelings so it is important that we feel comfortable with each other. We can talk through any previous experiences you have had, and any worries. These can be discussed at length to help you move on from them and concentrate on your present pregnancy and birth. We can talk about the birth process and I can share my knowledge with you, helping you to make informed decisions about your care. I will be able to support you throughout your labour and birth of your baby, helping you to feel calm and confident. If you have any changes of plan throughout your labour, it can be very helpful to have someone who knows you to discuss all your options with, so you can decide what is best for you and your baby. I do not take the place of your partner (unless necessary) and in fact I can help him to support you at a level he feels comfortable with; helping you both to have treasured memories of your baby's birthday.
We will arrange at least two antenatal information sessions for us to get to know each other and discuss your thoughts, and options. Quite often we may meet more regularly, depending on your circumstances. I am happy to be contacted as many times as you wish by telephone or e-mail. I can loan books, DVD's and other helpful items to you if you wish, and I am also happy to attend any appointments with you. I will be on call from your 38th week of pregnancy to provide support during your birth, I will stay with you throughout your labour and birth providing continuous support, from whenever you feel you would like me there. And I will stay with you afterwards until you feel happy and content. I include at least one postnatal meeting, where I can help you with breastfeeding if needed and we can talk through your birth experience. I will remain available by telephone or email for up to six weeks following the birth of your baby/ies.
When your baby has arrived, a postnatal doula can help you to feel confident in your new role. By offering help around the home, making light nutricious meals or helping your other children to adjust, you can really enjoy and cherish your first few weeks with your precious baby. Why shouldn't you feel supported and nurtured when embarking on this wonderful new journey? You have already achieved an amazing feat by becoming a mother, so look after yourself; you deserve it.
My role as a postnatal doula, is different for every family. Sometimes a new family would prefer that I spend my time helping with their new baby, talking through different worries, or helping them feel confident when they're out and about. Other people find that they would like more help around the home and so I help them with washing, tidying, ironing etc. If you have other children, they may need entertaining so you can concentrate on getting to know your new baby without feeling like you are torn between the two. I can offer suggestions and ideas to help you decide what works best for you and your family. My role is entirely non judgmental, everybody has different ideals and so what may work for one, may not be right for someone else.
Please feel free to contact me for availability and for up to date fees.
If you feel you would benefit from the support of a doula, but feel you are unable to afford the costs, maybe you would be entitled to access the Doula UK Hardship Fund. For more information go to: DUK Hardship Fund
Doula UK offer gift vouchers in £25 and £50 denominations. If you would like to give a family member or friend an unusual and thoughtful gift, please follow this link: http://www.doula.org.uk/utilities/duk/dukVoucher.asp