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Birth Doula

What's a Doula?

A birth doula usually begins working with expecting parents during pregnancy, supports them through childbirth, and visits postnatally in the fourth trimester. There are lots of different kinds of doulas out there and so each of us are going to be slightly different in our offerings.

This might be your first baby and you may be wondering how this whole birth thing goes. A doula has knowledge and experience attending many different kinds of births and settings, who can help you have the best experience possible, by helping you understand your choices, at every step, and supporting you fully in your wishes. 

You may have had a baby before, and knowing that birth is no small task, it would be advantageous to have another member on your team and interwoven into your plan-of-care. Having someone just to serve you without bias can be just the right kind of support you need.

I see doulas as sherpas to the explorer. We recognise the huge adventure you are about to embark on. We make sure you have everything needed and are feeling prepared. We help carry the baggage. We understand the changing terrains and how to navigate them. We have the experience and the stamina vital to things running as smoothly as possible. I anticipate your needs, quietly hold the space and witness you as you walk along your path.

It's worth remembering that hiring a doula isn't necessarily going to make your dream birth come true, but it can give you a much better chance at having a more positive experience - whatever happens. And let's face it, no one can ever have too much support, and after all, this is going to be one of the most important days that you will remember for the rest of your life. You and your birth are worth investing in.

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How does it work?

If you're thinking about having a doula, we arrange an initial free 30 minute phone call, then if you'd like, we arrange to meet in person. That helps you get the information you need and then allows us both to see if we'd be a good fit to work together. Birth is as personal as it gets, and the most helpful aspect of how someone can be the best support person for you, is how comfortable, relaxed and safe you feel in their company. All of this is free. After which, you may decide you want to go ahead and book me as your doula. Then we can begin working together - so the earlier, the better!

What's in the price?

basic package starting at £1100

this includes:

2x prenatal meetings with massage treatments

1x postnatal meeting with massage treatment

Unlimited support via text or email

Being on call 24/7 from 38 weeks to attend to you in labour

Unlimited massage available throughout labour

Nourishing homecooked postnatal food

Herbal support where needed

enhanced package starting at £1400

includes all the above plus at least:

1x additional prenatal meeting with massage treatment

1x additional postnatal meeting with massage treatment

for more support and bodywork before and/or after your birth

These are available on a sliding scale. If you feel that you are in a higher income bracket and wish to pay more for your chosen package, then please do as this funds me to support people with lower incomes.

If you want a doula but need a payment plan, this can be easily arranged. Vouchers are available and can be used as gifts from friends or family members for birth support services. If you are from a low income household and want birth doula support, get in touch so we can discuss your options. I am also open to skill trades if you think you might have something else to offer!

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