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What is a Doula?

There are different types of doulas, including birth doulas who focus on the labour and delivery process and postpartum doulas who provide support in the days and weeks following childbirth. Hiring a doula is a personal choice, and their role is complementary to the care provided by medical professionals, such as doctors and midwives.  ​ A doula is a trained and supportive companion who provides non-medical assistance to individuals or couples before, during, and after childbirth. Offering emotional, physical, and informational support, doulas aim to enhance the birthing experience by empowering and comforting the expectant person and their partner. While not medical professionals, doulas play a vital role in advocating for the birthing person's preferences, providing comfort measures during labour, and offering guidance and support in the postpartum period.

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Welcome!

A BIG Welcome and thank you for finding me. I am so excited to be in this wonderful birthing space. I am a mother of 4 beautiful children, 3 variations of natural births and 1 Caesarean Section all birthed at the hospital.  I loved being pregnant and I blossomed. For me, becoming a mother was like I had found my superpower, and I was unstoppable.

Each pregnancy was very different and each one teaching me something extraordinary. I can’t fully explain it, other than that my maternal instincts were very strong and I felt empowered yet at the same time a little bit scared and overwhelmed by it all. Of course, there were ups and downs and I did not have family nearby. I did not have the network support around me, and because I seemed to be OK, no one asked how I was doing and so I was assumed to be managing and was left to having to figure out the rest on my own. 

Since then, from my personal experience it has been my mission to be able to hold the space for new Mothers, to support them and reassure them that we don’t have to do this journey completely alone and it is OK to not know everything. You are learning a new skill; it is called Mothering. 

I trained with Continuum Doulas, which has a big focus on post-natal care and with the increased strain of not enough resources in the NHS, it is evident that there is a real need for post-natal support and that’s where the benefit of taking on a Doula comes in. I am there to guide and support you every step of the way, in whatever capacity you need me to be

 

 

 

 

With us working together it can look like something like this:

 

1. Emotional Support: I provide compassionate listening and emotional support throughout your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum journey.

2. Physical Comfort: Utilizing massage techniques, Reiki, and other holistic therapies, which offers relief from physical discomfort and stress during pregnancy and labour.

3. Birth Preferences: I assist you in crafting your birth preferences, ensuring your wishes and desires are communicated effectively to your birthing team.

4. Pregnancy Wellness: With my expertise in Reiki, Aromatherapy, and Swedish Massage, I help you maintain overall well-being and relaxation during pregnancy.

5. Postpartum Care: I offer support in the postpartum period, including debriefing after birth, providing resources, and assisting with any challenges that arise.

6. Advocacy: I advocate for your needs and preferences within the maternity system, ensuring you feel empowered and informed throughout the birthing process.

7. Collaboration: Working in synergy with medical professionals, I complement their care with holistic support, enhancing the healing process.

8. Individualized Care: Recognizing that each birth experience is unique, I tailor my support to meet your specific needs and preferences.

9. Communication: I facilitate communication between you and your healthcare providers, ensuring your concerns are addressed and your voice is heard.

10. Listening Ear: With my 10 years of counselling experience, I offer a safe space for you to express your thoughts, fears, and joys surrounding pregnancy and childbirth. 

The possibilities are endless. Let's schedule a call and you can share with me

your  expectations and pregnancy journey so far.

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Your Care Package

Birth Plan to Holistic Post Natal Care

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1

Ante Natal

Initial meet and greet

via zoom or in a cafe.

Initial meeting is free.

 

This is a good way to see how we resonate and assess if my services are what you require. 

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4 sessions

lasts approx. 2 hrs 

The sessions can take place in the comfort of your home or at an agreed alternative place

like the café or

at my studio if you are coming for an antenatal treatment.

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  • This may include:

  • Discuss birth preferences

  • Talk about anything birth related

  • 2 x antenatal massage and/or Reiki is available if this is your requirement.

  • Any pregnancy related appointments you wish me to accompany you to. 

  • Go over any questions or come with you to appointments if required and just general chat about to prepare you for your birth. No questions are too big or small.

  • Help you plan and pack your birth/hospital bag.

  • I will be on-call from week 38-42 or until your baby has been born, where I will be available 24/7.

  • I will be within 1 hr distance from your home/ hospital.

  • I will come with you to the hospital or meet you there.

  • I will stay with you until after the birth and make sure that you and baby are settled and tucked in.

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These sessions are really about

building good rapport and getting to know your Doula and for me to know your birth preferences inside and out in order to prepare you the best way we can for the big day.

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Total Cost: £600

50% deposit on 1st antenatal visit.

(deposit is non refundable)

Remainder 50% at 38 weeks

when we go on-call.

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Additional hours can be

added as last minute ad-hoc 

(availability permits)

Typically 3hr session

1 session - £120

2

Complete Continuity of Care

Initial meet and greet

via zoom or in a cafe

Initial meeting is free.

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This is a good way to see how we resonate and assess if my services are what you require. 

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4 sessions prebirth

lasts approx 2 hrs

The sessions can take place in the comfort of your home or at an agreed alternative place

like the café or

at my studio if you are coming for an antenatal treatment.

-

  • This may include:

  • Discuss birth preferences

  • Talk about anything birth related

  • 2 x Antenatal massage and/ or Reiki is available from session 3 and 4.

  • Any pregnancy related appointments you wish me to accompany you to. 

  • Go over any questions or come with you to appointments if required and just general chat about to prepare you for your birth. No questions are too big or small.

  • Help you plan and pack your birth/hospital bag.

  • I will be on-call from week 38-42 or until your baby has been born, where I will be available 24/7.

  • I will be within 1 hr distance from your home/ hospital.

  • I will come with you to the hospital or meet you there.

  • I will stay with you until after the birth and make sure that you and baby are settled and tucked in.

-

These sessions are really about

building good rapport and getting to know your Doula and for me to know your birth preferences inside and out in order to prepare you the best way we can for the big day.

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Postnatal - Home visits

6 x 4hr sessions

This may include:

  • I will come and check in on you at your house a day after you get home to make sure that everything is satisfactory.

  • Birth de-brief - go over any questions you may have around your birth experience.

  • Making sure you are rested and settled in your home with baby and partner.

  • I can assist with some light housework so that you can have time for a nap or a shower. 

  • I can prepare a light snack.

  • Post Natal Massage and/or Reiki is available once you feel ready.  Either for yourself or Reiki for baby whilst you rest, 

  • I can support with breastfeeding or bottle

  • I can support with siblings if needed

  • the list is not exhaustive.

Total Cost:  1200

50% deposit on

(deposit is non-refundable)

1st antenatal visit.

Contract of agreement will be signed.

Remainder 50% at 38 weeks

when I go on-call.

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Additional postpartum

care packages

can be added once initial care package has finished.

add-on

15 hrs postnatal support - £375

(applicable for birth clients)

 

Last minute ad-hoc 

Typically 3hr session

1 session - £120

 

*please book additional via

postpartum care pack section

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Postpartum

Initial meet and greet

via whatsapp

initial meeting is free.

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This is a good way to see how we resonate and assess if my services are what you require. 

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This sessions are really about

building good rapport and getting to know your Doula and ask questions and planning your postnatal care the best way possible. Don't worry, it is always adaptable and centred around the needs for you and your baby and your setting.

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Your continuity of care

in your home.

1x antenatal meet up (if possible) to go over your postnatal care preferences and sign contract of agreement.

 

*50% deposit to secure your space.

remainder to be paid in full by 38 weeks. 

 

 For interest and a quote:

Let's schedule a booking call.

 Last minute ad-hoc rate

(availability permits)

Typically 3hr session

1 session - £120

 

This may include:

  • Birth experience de-brief - go over any questions you may have.

  • Making sure you are rested and settled in your home with baby and partner.

  • I can assist with some light housework so that you can have time for a nap or a shower. 

  • Post Natal Massage and/or Reiki is available once you feel ready for yourself or Reiki for baby whilst you rest.

  • I support with breastfeeding or bottle

  • Support with siblings if needed

  • prepare a light snack

  • this list is not exhaustive.

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Package to be used within 3 months of booking.

Subsequent packages can be bought once package has finished.

For postnatal start if baby is born, upfront payment in advance to confirm booking. 

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