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.
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
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
1 x ‘Back-up Doula’ – in the very unlikely instance that I’m unable to attend your labour, I will arrange for 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.
1 day – £200 usually from 9am – 7pm
or £22.50 per hour (minimum 2 hour booking)