Birth and Postnatal Doula Support
Birth Doula support
My role as your doula is hugely variable. The support I offer is tailored specifically to what you need and with every client I discuss with them what they want from their birth before I am on call to build a unique package just for you.
Firstly I offer Antenatal sessions, here we will discuss the birth process and the different phases and some methods of relieving any discomfort. This often takes the shape of positions, massage, breathing or Hypnobirthing techniques, use of water, tens machines and many other ways so you can decide which you might like to try during your birth. I can also create relaxing and bonding meditations for you to practice in the weeks before birth if this is something you would like to incorporate.
We also normally discuss plans for the day itself and talk about some practical ideas that might help you and your birth partner on the day and we talk through worries you or your birth partners might have. Some mums and dads find they are a little apprehensive about the upcoming birth or have heard others talk about their horror story births which makes you feel worried and sometimes even scared. You may have had a worrying or scary experience with a previous birth. The antenatal sessions are a good opportunity to talk about these fears. Fear of birth makes a huge difference to your birth. If we can lessen the fears you will enjoy your birth far more and will feel more in control of the situation even if things take a more dramatic turn on the day. This is a key role for me.
Most importantly we get to know each other so I am a friendly familiar face.
If you would like me to attend your birth, I go on call for you from around 38 weeks into pregnancy. This means that you will take priority once you go into labour above all else. I arrange childcare to be available to me at a moments notice, I do not travel more than an hour from my home and ensure I am able to drive to you once labour begins.
I limit myself to one birth client at a time so I can be there for you. Sometimes the ladies I support overlap in the on call period. On the rare occasions this happens, I will arrange for another local Doula to be available just in case I am not. I don't like doing this and will let you know if this is likely when you contact me.
During the birth itself, again every person is different and needs different things from me. For many I support them and their partner to use some of the methods we talked about in the antenatal sessions and can physically help you move into different positions or massage you. Others prefer to know I am there in the corner quietly encouraging the medical staff to allow you to be a couple and manage labour yourselves. I have also maintained temperatures birthing pools and fetched and carried so partners can concentrate on being there for you. The role really encompasses lots of aspects and I am very adept at following your lead intuitively.
Sometimes, for various reasons it may become important to deliver baby either using forceps, a suction cup or by cesarean. When this happens it is hugely important that you and your birth partner are informed and supported. If this should happen, I ensure your partner is supported as the medical team rightly turn their attention to yours and your baby's safety. It can be stressful for the partner and it is a comfort to them that they have someone looking out for them.
Once baby is born, if you have decided to breastfeed, I can support you in early feeding. I will also make sure you are showered and comfortable before I then leave you to enjoy your baby. I visit again about a week later when you are home where we can talk through the birth or answer any questions you may have. I am then available to you for up to 6 weeks by phone or email.
My birth Doula service is built by you to meet your personal needs. In addition all clients get FREE use of my birth pool, Tens machine, collection of essential oils, Rebozo and my collection of books.
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Virtual Doula Package
In addition to offering my Doula services face to face, for those who would like the support of a Doula but who doesn't wish to have me physically with them during the birth I offer a virtual Doula service.
I will offer at least two antenatal meetings, through SKYPE, Facetime (or similar applications) or, if you are more local, face to face meetings in exactly the same way I would if you had hired me using my traditional Doula package.
During these meetings we would discuss your plans and preferences for your birth and the things that are most important to you. It also gives us the opportunity to talk through any specific queries or worries you may have. We will discuss the process of birth and how to ensure you feel empowered and confident.
As part of the Virtual Doula package, you would have access to the resources I have including books, TENS machine and birth pool, provided they are available.
Once labour has started, I will be available for telephone, text or email support throughout labour and birth and for the first 6 weeks after birth to give you the most positive start possible.
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Postnatal Doula support
As a postnatal doula, I will come to your home to help support you in the transition into parenthood. For many first, second and more time parents the first few weeks can be massively overwhelming. My aim is to reduce this by bringing a calm friendly face to offer you the support you need.
I do a vast variety of tasks but my general aim is to help you to feel more confident in looking after your family yourself.
By offering information and support, my aim is to enable you to make choices that work for you and your family, whatever this may look like.
As a postnatal doula, I support you in becoming confident with your decisions and believing in yourself.
If you need me to, I can look after baby so you can catch up on sleep, have a bath or simply 10 mins to yourself.
I am happy to help out with light housework such as laundry, hoovering, tidying around, washing up and taking baby or any pets you have out for a short walk and am happy to look after older siblings if this is something you need me to do, or sit with baby so you can spend some precious time with older siblings.
I am quite flexible as a postnatal doula, if you are unsure then always ask me.
In addition, you will have access to my collection of books and resources.
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As a Doula I offer private 1-1 Antenatal sessions in your home. We discuss the process of birth and look at some ways of managing labour and discuss options for pain relief. We also make time to chat about your birth preferences and will talk about what to expect after you have given birth and information about breast or bottle feeding that you might find useful. The time you have for your Antenatal session is a time for you to ask questions too about anything that may be on your mind, and if I don't know the answer I will find out for you.
The session lasts roughly 2 hours, sometimes a little more and you will get an Antenatal pack with lots of resources for you to use. You will also be able to borrow books, TEN machine and Birth pool if they are available.
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