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Birth Doula

What is a doula anyhow?

A birth doula serves and supports expecting mothers, usually through pregnancy, childbirth and postnatally in the fourth trimester. There are lots of different kinds of doulas out there so each of us are going to be slightly different in our offerings and philosophies.

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 wants you have the best experience possible, making sure you understand all of your options 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 to serve you without bias can be just the kind of support you need.

Now the truth is, no one can do this for you. A doula will walk beside you, though. I want you to feel empowered by your birth and every choice you make along the way. I listen for your needs, quietly hold the space and witness you as you walk your path.

It's worth mentioning that hiring a doula doesn't equals your dream birth coming true, but it does give you continuous support and a greater chance for a more positive experience - whatever happens. 

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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. This can be at any stage of your pregnancy, but the earlier the better as this gives us more time for me to get to know you and how to best support you.

What's in the price?

example birth package £1150

this includes:

At least 2 x prenatal meetings (averaging 2-3 hours each)

2 x prenatal massage treatments

At least 1 x postnatal meeting (2-3 hours)

1 x postnatal massage treatment

Unlimited support via text, phone or email throughout your pregnancy and into the fourth trimester

Being on call 24/7 from 38 weeks to attend to you in labour, for the duration of your labour

Unlimited massage available throughout labour

Nourishing homecooked postnatal food

Herbal support where needed

Birth pool (subject to availability)

121 breastfeeding support from IBCLC lactation consultant plus two week follow up

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 or massage treatments. If you are from a low income household and want birth doula support, get in touch so we can discuss your options.

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