- BIRTH DOULA SERVICE -
• HYPNOBIRTHING • ANTENATAL • BIRTH • POSTNATAL • NEWBORN CARE • FEEDING • SLEEP EDUCATION & SUPPORT •
AS YOUR BIRTH DOULA MY ROLE
IS TO PUT YOU AT THE
CENTRE OF ALL I DO
My Complete Birth Doula Service will
fully prepare you for Labour & Birth
& help to equip you for the
adjustment to life with a new baby.
My compassionate care &
commitment to you begins in pregnancy,
continues throughout the duration of your
Labour & Birth, then extends until your baby is 8 weeks old.
As your Doula I do not not hold any bias on your preferences, choices or decisions you make for your
Labour or Birth. I share evidence based information & refer you to resources & professionals for further support & information. I support & respect the decisions you make for the experience that is right for your & your baby.
My focus is to help you to have a relaxed pregnancy, a positive, safe birth experience without fear & a calm, relaxed supportive postnatal period.
RESEARCH TELL US THAT OVER 90% OF
WOMEN HAVING A HEALTHY PREGNANCY
are able to have an uncomplicated Birth without needing any medical intervention & having continued physical & emotional support in labour from a Doula makes birth safer and healthier for mother and baby.
Some women have complex needs in pregnancy, and for some women a caesarean or assisted birth may become a medical necessity.
I ease any concerns by working in collaboration with Health Professionals ensuring mothers receive optimum care & have their preferences respected without undermining medical advice or guidance.
Whether you have a straightforward physiological Labour & Birth or a highly medicalised one, with the right information, preparation & support you can have a positive & deeply satisfying Birth experience.
I do not judge or critisise your choices on how you prefer to labour birth or parent. I offer evidence based & impartial information & fully support your decisions.
I am prepared for whatever Birth, my Body & my baby needs
BIRTH & POSTNATAL PREPARATION
FROM 26 WEEKS OF PREGNANCY WE
CAN ARRANGE ONE TO ONE
Guided by you & the
information you need to
help ensure you feel
informed & fully
prepared for Labour & Birth.
Gaining Birth Preparation knowledge from our sessions learning about how Birth actually works, will instill confidence in you to achieve a satisfying Birth experience & will make a straightforward physiological Birth more likely.
During these 1 - 2 hour Sessions we will discuss such things as, previous births, maternity services, the role of hormones in labour & birth. Caesarean, induction & assisted birth if this is applicable to you.
We can formulate a Birth Preference covering all your preferences & covering all eventualities using Visual Birth Plan Graphics.
I PROVIDE A COMPLETE BIRTH PACK
WHICH INCLUDES ESSENTIAL INFORMATION
step by step guides, a copy of The Positive Birth Book & Affirmation Cards.
We will discuss a Feeding Support Plan, supporting how you want to feed your baby, including overcoming any issues & alongside information & guidance on Antenatal expression, storing & administration of Colostrum if required.
We also discuss the Postnatal period, normal newborn behaviour, The 4th Trimester, Baby Sleep Patterns, all aspects of feeding, newborn care, & what to expect for you & your baby in the postnatal period.
It is also an opportunity to get to know me, I can answer any questions & address any concerns you may have. By the time you go into labour I want you to have confidence in your birth, feeding & postnatal plans, feel you have the ability & strength to cope with whatever birth experience you & your baby need.
Soft jaw, soft hands, breathe
LABOUR & BIRTH SUPPORT
I AM 'ON CALL' FOR YOUR FROM 10 DAYS BEFORE YOUR DUE DATE
UNTIL YOUR BABY IS BORN
I am 'On call' for you from 10 days before your due date until your baby is born. During Labour & Birth, I aim to create a nurturing environment in which I will help & support you with your physical & emotional needs.
Whether you are having a hospital or home birth, I can support you before you go to the hospital or before your midwife arrives. At the hospital in preparation for your cesarean or induction to ensure you feel safe, relaxed & comfortable.
I provide you with continuous emotional, physical and informative support from active Labour & Birth. I want you to feel safe & cared for throughout, having the birth experience that feels right for you & your baby
I CAN GUIDE YOU
with support, suggestions & reassurance. I can recommend the best positions to ease contractions, to help reduce the length of labour & encourage optimal positioning for your baby. I can support you with self help methods & pain management options.
I can help with light massage techniques, provide encouragement with Hypnobirthing relaxations, breathing techniques. & soothing aromatherapy oils. I can help you understand any procedures & medical interventions, guide you through anything unexpected that may become necessary & assist in communicating with health professionals.
I DO NOT OFFER MEDICAL ADVICE
OR HAVE CLINICAL SKILLS
Your medical care is overseen by your health providers & with this taken care of it allows me to wholly concentrate on you & how you are feeling in that moment.
I am on hand for practical assistance such as making sure you have everything you need, I can organise food & drinks & help you with personal care. I act as a birth companion & supporter for your partner, helping them to care for you, giving them the confidence to be your advocate.
I stay with you throughout until after your baby is born, assist with baby's first feed & make sure you are settled at home or in hospital.
New mothers need as much attention as a newborn,
because they too have just been born
INCLUDED IN MY BIRTH DOULA SERVICE
IS UNLIMITED 24/7 EMAIL & PHONE
SUPPORT FOR UP TO 8 WEEKS
AFTER YOUR BABY IS BORN
& A POSTNATAL VISIT
I am here for you for any practical or emotional postnatal support you might need. We can have a chat about your Labour & Birth & how you felt it went for you. You may have questions on your recovery or need guidance & assistance with Newborn Care. I provide Information & Support with biologically normal Newborn Sleep & Behaviour.
I can give Breastfeeding Support & Information, check that feeding is established & manageable & if required troubleshoot common issues.
I can Signpost you for additional support to your local Health NHS Professionals if needed. Recommend local Breastfeeding Support Groups, Lactation Consultants, Tongue-tie specialists, Emotional health providers, Baby sling consultants, Baby groups & Classes.
I will make sure everyone is adjusting positively & check your recovery is going well. I can take care of your baby while you nap, take a shower or bath or accompany you on first outings with your baby to appointments or to baby clinic/groups. It is also an opportunity for me to adore your beautiful baby.
We can arrange further visits if required & overnight support if needed. For more details please view my Postnatal Services