Birth Doula

 

 

The word Doula comes from the Ancient Greeks where it described a female servant or slave entrusted the role of delivering babies for their mistresses.  These days a birth Doula is recognised as someone who provides support and continuous care for women and their families in the lead up to, during, and after the birth of their baby.

 

My primary goal, as a Doula, is to make absolutely sure that a mother feels well supported.  I will always try to help the birthing mother feel safe, informed, respected and comfortable in her birthing situation.  I am there to complement the role of midwives and doctors who' job is to ensure a safe birth for mother and child. It is important that parents understand that Doulas have no clinical role or part in medical decision making.

 

On a practical note there is plenty of clinical evidence to show that with a trusted Doula women can experience improved birth outcomes including shorter delivery times, fewer cesarean sections & fewer medical complications.  Doula assisted births need fewer foetal extraction tools with babies spending less time in neonatal intensive care units.  Mothers are recorded as having more satisfying birth experiences with a Doula present and the chances of successful breastfeeding are increased. 

 

As a birth Doula I cover Brighton, East Sussex and London (travel time permitting).

 

 

 

 

Doula package:

  • An initial meeting to get to know each other and make sure we are a good fit - so to speak

  • Two visits prior to the birth of your baby.  These visits are as long as they need to be and will be long enough to talk through all questions.  We will also cover your wishes and needs, hopes and fears, the writing of your birth preferences and general information/practical advice

  • Continuous Telephone/Skype/FaceTime and Email support for the entire pregnancy until 6 weeks after your baby has been born

  • On 24/7 call from 38 weeks and a commitment to be no further than an hour away anytime during this period.  These times may vary if you live in London.

  • Two postnatal visits providing settling in and breastfeeding support

  • Use of inflatable birthing pool

 

                                         Package Cost:  £995.00 

Please get in touch to discuss COVID-19 arrangements and price adaptations

                  

 

                             Postnatal Doula

 

A postnatal Doula will:

 

  • Support the choices of the new mother

  • Help the new mother make the most of and enjoy the postnatal period

  • Listen not judge

  • Help with practical tasks according to the mothers' needs

  • Support the idea that mothers have the answers, encouraging confidence in her own mothering

  • Help create a relaxing and calm environment so that the family can have the time and energy to            enjoy their new baby

 

     

Provide evidence-based information and support on such things as:

     

  • Infant feeding,

  • Emotional and physical recovery from birth

  • Mother and baby bonding and attachment

  • Basic newborn care

  • Understanding your babies' behavior and recognising cues

 

Package Cost:  £200.00

(Please See Booking Page for more options) 

 

 

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Hypnobirthing, Birth & Postnatal Doula Services contact Kim: 07812 049596

 

Postnatal Breastfeeding  Support contact Tansy: 07762 611109