WHAT IS A DOULA
You need expert support through your pregnancy and labour, or after having your baby, but you don’t know where to look. You’ve heard of this work doula, but you don’t know what it means.
Our Birth doulas in the UK provide expert support through pregnancy, birth and the early immediate postnatal time. Our postnatal doulas work with families in the few months after the baby is born, to offer emotional and practical support in the home. Some doulas offer both birth and postnatal support.
The support we offer helps you to be help you to have the birth, and become the mother you want to be. It provides a calming, supportive and helping presence to meet your needs. We have a range of doulas for all mums-to-be and new mums (whether that be first time, second time, third or fourth time!).
We believe that all mums need support, and our packages can be tailored to whether you want a full birth support package, just want an extra pair of hands to support you after birth, or whether you need doula support for a specific reason such as a caesarian section or mental health issue.
We have all the doula services you need to help you in your journey to becoming a mum. Book your free doula consultation today!
OUR BIRTH AND POSTNATAL DOULAS IN THE UK
Postnatal doula support can be invaluable in so many ways after the birth of a baby and its benefits can have a positive and profound effect on a family’s experience for years to follow. Minimizing and even preventing postnatal depression, a postnatal doula can give families much needed emotional support after such a life, changing event. Having a postnatal doula can increase and maintain breastfeeding rates as well as boost the confidence of mothers in 11 different areas including their physical recuperation, self-care and baby care.– Victoria Greenly, Doula, Surrey and Sussex
HOW CAN WE HELP YOU
Are you worried about the birth process? Are you looking for advocacy, information, and hands on support to help you have a calm birth? Studies suggest that having a doula decreases c-section rate and use of epidural, as well as decreasing the length of labour. The support our doulas give, both practical and emotional, can decrease stress in labour, helping you feel calmer and more in control. Our doulas can help you with birthing positions, massage, cheerleading, advocacy and more!
Are you looking for emotional support during or after the birth of your baby? The emotional support our doulas offer you during, and after birth is priceless. They will listen to your needs, provide a non-judgemental supportive ear and signpost if they think you require further support. Our doulas can help you feel supported during labour, easing the emotional experience and helping you to feel in control. After birth, doulas can provide exactly what you need in terms of support, to mother your way!
Do you want someone to support you practically during or after the birth of your baby? Someone who is an expert in childbirth and the postnatal period? Someone who will support you, the mother, as well as ensuring baby and family are well? Our doulas provide practical support, whether that be cooking and light cleaning after birth, or advocating for you in the labour process. The support offered will be dictated by you and your needs, so contact us to book in your free initial consultation.
COST AND LOCATION
We have a range of locations across the UK. A birth doula support package will usually cost from £800-£2000. Postnatal doulas usual charge £14-25 an hour, depending on their level of experience and what they include in the fee.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A birth doula supports the women and family both before and during the birth. Whatever your plan for birth, we can support you. Our doulas are experienced supporting c-sections, natural birth, water births, inductions and more.
Before the birth, our doula will meet with you at least twice, to get to know each other, discuss concerns and birth preferences.
Our birth doula will then be on call for your birth towards the end of pregnancy, and will be available for you 24/7. We will travel to you when you go into labour, if possible prior to the transfer to place of birth. We can provide information, support, advocacy and more to help you have a calm birth and feel empowered.
A postnatal doula fundamentally serves you in your home with your new baby as your make the transition to motherhood and recover from the birth. A postnatal doula has a lot of experience with new mothers and babies, and can therefore be a brilliant source of reassurance, support, information and encouragement when a new mother feels overwhelmed or anxious.
We are willing and flexible helpers, supporting a new family emotionally and practically by helping with light housework, laundry, tidying up, emptying dishwasher etc., and many of us also love to cook too! We will make sure a new mother is well-fed and watered, well-rested (we can watch the baby whilst you sleep) well-supported and well-informed with up to date information about the issues that often concern new mothers.
Many of our postnatal doulas are happy to perhaps supervise a toddler for a while, accompany you to appointments, help you with babywearing, feeding, settling and bathing your baby. We really make the mother our top priority and will be guided by her requests and needs each day.
Our postnatal doula typically comes to your home for a few hours several times a week during the early weeks, but will fit flexibly around each individual family’s situation. We won’t take over, but rather aim to nurture and support you so you can become the best mother possible and be well nourished and rested in order to thrive!
WHAT’S THE BUZZ
Zara is by far the best money I have ever spent. She helped me achieve the birth of my dreams, I could never have done it without her. Her gentle non-judgemental approach, sensitively offering options and helping me with the things I didn’t know I didn’t know and listening so acutely, all helped us have a fantastic HBAC (vbac at home). Whilst she was amazing during the birth with aromatherapy oils, massage and a rebozo etc, she was even more incredible before in the lead up to help me and my husband get into the right state of mind. I couldn’t recommend her more highly.
We couldn’t recommend Janine highly enough! Her support, both practical and emotional, was invaluable in the first few weeks after the birth of our first baby. Her intuitive approach makes it so easy; she just knows what can best be done to help out and does it perfectly, with the added benefit of taking away some mental burden for a few precious hours. I particularly valued her professional knowledge and expertise in childcare which she shared in a way that made me feel confident and happy in my development as a first time mum.
Lena is amazingly supportive as a postnatal doula. Lena helped us out enormously in our home, whether it was playing for our three-year old boy or helping with our newborn. She is so caring and supportive and so helpful, she knew exactly what needed doing and just did it! Amazing! I would recommend Lena without a doubt as a postnatal doula, whether it be for a first baby, second or third!
To book a birth or postnatal doula, get in contact with one of our doula experts. We have a wide range of doulas, to suit your needs and personality. Our doulas are Doula UK members and are trained to the highest level. So however you plan on becoming a mother, we are here to support you.