What a Doula does…
Doulas provide practical and emotional support to mums and their partners during pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period.
Many of us are experienced birth companions and have completed Doula training as a minimum. I trained and continue to be mentored through Nurturing Birth
(you can view my Nurturing Birth Directory listing here)
Working with a Birth Doula through your labour can help reduce the chance of a medical intervention such a Forceps or Ventouse, can reduce the length of your labour and can improve the condition of babies at birth.
Postnatal Doulas provide practical support after your baby has been born. This can include helping to provide cares for your baby if you are for any reason unable to do so yourself or while you take a much needed nap, encouraging and coaching you to provide cares for your baby such as bathing, feeding and settling to sleep, helping around the house with light housework, preparing meals for you and caring for other children.
If you choose to work with me, I will:
- Help to allay or reduce and fears you have about childbirth – this can include debriefing previous births
- Work with you to create an ideal birthing plan – whilst considering all possibilities
- Sign-post you to current, evidence-based research so that you can powerfully self-advocate and negotiate your birthing choices with health care professionals
- Create an optimal birthing environment that supports you to labour well
- Offer education around feeding so that you can, if you choose, breastfeed successfully
- Empower your partner to take a leading and active role in the labour process or step in if you’re birthing solo and provide emotional and practical support as you need it
- Help you and your partner during the first few weeks after birth by providing cares for mum and baby, supporting with feeding, and helping care for other children.
Further Reading About the Role of the Doula
Continuous support for women during childbirth (Cochrane Review)
Domains of postpartum doula care and maternal responsiveness and competence.
McComish JF1, Visger JM.
A hospital-based doula program and childbirth outcomes in an urban, multicultural setting.
Mottl-Santiago J1, Walker C, Ewan J, Vragovic O, Winder S, Stubblefield P.
Birth Doula – £1500
My role as a Birth Doula is to ensure you and your partner are prepared for birth. Over the course of your pregnancy we will spent some time together exploring your birth preferences and planning ways to achieve those together. I can meet with your birthing partner alone so that he/she can explore their own feelings/thoughts connected to the labour.
Typically a Birth Doula Package looks as follows, but I am able to tailor a unique package especially for you, if you need, so do call me for a non-obligation chat.
- 3 x Antenatal Visits (at least 1.5 hours per visit)
- Remain on-call, 24 hours a day from 38 weeks of your pregnancy until your baby arrives
- 2 x Postnatal visits (2 hours per visit within the first week of delivering your baby)
- 1 x ‘Back-up Doula’ – in the very unlikely instance that I’m unable to attend your labour, I will arrange a my partner Doula to support you. You will have the opportunity to meet with her in advance so you can get to know each other before your big day.
Postnatal Doula – £Bespoke
Continuity of high-quality care throughout the postnatal period is invaluable for many new parents. I offer unique postnatal care packages that include initial 24-72 hour intensive, live-in support so that you can welcome your new baby into your home with confidence and have time to rest and recover from labour, knowing you and your baby are in very safe hands. I will also visit you, usually twice per week for at least two hours per visit until the baby is at least 8 weeks old or until you feel you can manage with our me.
My rates for Postnatal Care are below. Call me to discuss the best option for you and your baby:
- £250 per 24 hours for round-the-clock, intensive live-in support
- £45 per 2-hour visit thereafter (£22.50 per hour)
I work across the New Forest, Southampton, Bournemouth, Salisbury and Winchester.