Hello, my name is Natalie (The Dragonfly Doula) and my goal is to support and empower parents to navigate their pregnancy, birth and postnatal period with confidence, calm and positivity! All parents to be deserve continuity of care and the opportunity to build a trusting relationship with their perinatal support network but sadly this is often not the case due to time and funding pressures on NHS services. Through my hypnobirth and antenatal courses and bespoke doula support I aim to be a trusted companion through the exciting, sometimes confusing but wonderful journey to parenthood. Please contact me to hear more about my services and to see if I could be the right support for you!
Hypnobirth and Antenatal Education
I offer hypnobirth and antenatal education courses, accredited by The Little Birth Company.
You have the option of the:
3 hour preparation workshop providing you with the basics of hypnobirthing for use in pregnancy and birth and associated resources.
8 hour full course (taught over 3-4 sessions) which covers hypnobirthing and birth preparation in more detail, with a weekly guided relaxation and opportunities to discuss your individual needs.
6 week pregnancy relaxation course (1 hour 15 mins per week) with a different pregnancy and birth related discussion topic each week and guided relaxation to help you take time out to relax and enjoy your pregnancy.
COST : Between £150 and £320 depending on the service selected.
Birth and Postnatal doula support
As your doula my role is to provide a listening ear, sign post you to sources of information according to your individual requirements and support you emotionally and practically, allowing you to approach your pregnancy, birth and early postnatal period with calm and confidence.
I am currently working as a mentored Doula UK doula so you get the benefit of my support and my experienced mentor, behind the scenes, for a reduced rate. In return you would just need to provide feedback on my support to my mentor at the end of our time together.
COST : Prices vary depending upon your individual needs, please contact me with your requirements so that I can give you a bespoke quote.
- I can honestly say I would recommend Natalie to anyone to help prepare for their birthing journey. After having been through two labours already, I assumed I was a pro by now and that I couldn’t learn much more, but how wrong I was. Natalie’s sessions were so informative to both myself and also my partner, they were delivered in a simple way and really helped us to understand the different concepts of hypnobirthing and reasons behind the path that labour takes. This knowledge was the foundation of preparing us for the perfect birth of our son.From the experience of my two previous births I had some anxieties in my pregnancy knowing what was to come. Natalie’s kind and caring manner made us feel relaxed in the sessions and she listened through our apprehensions which were then discussed. The breathing and relaxation techniques we learnt in the sessions were amazing and when the time came for the arrival of our baby, he was welcomed into the world with no medical intervention just two relaxed parents remembering the guidance of what Natalie had taught us.
The understanding of labour myself and my partner got from the course really helped the both of us to work out what was happening at certain points in the birth which meant we were relaxed at points where we may have been otherwise concerned. We also had a clear understanding of the direction we wanted to go with the birth which we otherwise may not have thought about in so much detail. I genuinely believe that if we had not had the sessions I would not have had such a smooth and positive birth. Thank you so much Natalie.
- We would like to thank Natalie for helping us plan for the birth of our son. It was my partner who signed us up for the sessions, so I was a bit apprehensive at first as I didn’t think as a dad I would get anything from the sessions, but was happy to go along with it anyway to support my partner. The sessions were great, really informative and not only reminded us what would happen but also explained why things were happening at certain points in the birth. It really made us think about what was to come as a couple, rather than just my partner having her individual thoughts. That made me feel a part of the birth and it got us talking about our expectations, concerns and ideas. I think the course really brought us together and helped when it came to the day, as we were much more prepared which helped us to have a smooth and positive birth.I would thoroughly recommend any prospective dads to try hypnobirthing, it was so beneficial to really understand the process and from a fathers point of view I could really help and support my partner during the birth rather than being just one of those guys sitting on the side and hoping for the best.