The dictionary definition of a doula is: A woman, typically without formal obstetric training, who is employed to provide guidance and support to a pregnant woman during labour or after birth.
Though I feel this underplays the role enormously. I like the idea of looking at a doula as a replacement for the lady in the village that knew everything, or for some it’s like having a sister or mother with you. We know so many tips and tricks and can do anything from rub your back, to making sure you are eating and drinking, helping you into positions, timing contractions, calling the midwife to helping you get to hospital. But most of all to be honest just having someone next to you and supporting you, is so wonderfully reassuring and sadly in many circumstances a midwife isn’t able to do this and be with you throughout your whole labour via the NHS.
Another thing you have with a doula is an advocate, we’ll have two meetings before hand to discuss your birth wishes and any worries. I then become someone who not only supports you, but can help to empower your partner to ask questions and push for your wishes to be adhered to - many say we act as the middle (wo)man between medical support and couples. We are not just for home births, or water births or even natural births. In fact I am happy to prepare you for and attend c-sections and many women find it helpful to have a doula for induced births too.
Developing Doulas Course - May 2019
Three Step Rewind - October 2018
Infant Loss Foundation Training
KG Hypnobirthing - August 2016
Birth Doula Support
2 x antenatal preparation meetings, birth attendance & 1 x postnatal visit
COST : £950
Birth Doula & Hypnobirthing
1 x antenatal preparation meeting, a full private hypnobirthing course, birth attendance & 1 x postnatal visit
COST : £1,250
Postnatal Doula Support
I can visit you once a week or five times a week it depends on your needs. I bring experience, a listening ear, food and support for new mothers whether it's your first or forth baby.
COST : Contact me for costs