Doula Services

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What does a Doula do?  Well….. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a doula is “a woman who gives support, help and advice to another woman during pregnancy and after the birth”.  Doesn’t really give much away, does it? I have to be honest here, when people ask me just exactly what it is that I do while supporting a family, I find it hard to describe because each woman, each baby, each family and each birth is so beautifully and perfectly unique.  There really is no one else like you, your partner and your baby.

I not only work with each family to educate and provide information and knowledge as we work together, but I also provide emotional and practical support too.  This combination enables you to feel at your most confident throughout your pregnancy, birth and through the early days of being a parent.

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Birth Doula

As your birth doula I will use my skills and knowledge to provide emotional and practical support, information and knowledge to you not only through your pregnancy, but also at your birth and during the those first weeks after your baby has been born too. My goal is that you and your partner feel confident and well supported throughout the perinatal period.

It is not unusual for partners to feel uncertain about having a doula at the birth. Partners (and sometimes mums too) often worry that they will feel pushed out or not knowing what they can do as I work with a woman during her birth. This really isn’t the case. Through the preparation period I like the antenatal sessions to be with “mum” and whoever else will be supporting her on her birthing day so I can prepare you both for birth. I am a firm believer that good birth preparation is as important for partners as it is for the birthing mother. Many partners find they love having the encouragement, guidance and support of a doula. My role is to support mum and her partner through birth.

As the end of your pregnancy approaches, I will keep in regular contact with you. When you are in labour, you will let me know and we will decide together when the time is right for me to come to you. Even if you’re planning to birth in hospital, I will usually come to you whilst you are labouring at home. Once with you, I will usually remain with you until your baby has been born and you are comfortable with your new baby.

As a Birth Doula I offer a few different packages outlined below. I will typically look start working with you from around 20 - 25 weeks into your pregnancy

PREMIER

I have to say, this is the most popular package I offer and represents the best value for money.

  • 5x two hour antenatal sessions in your own home (these are typically spaced 4 weekly)

    • During these personalised sessions I will combine the very best of Hypnobirthing with traditional antenatal education as we plan and prepare for your birth

  • a minimum of 5x one hour phone calls (these are typically spaced 4 weekly and between the antenatal sessions)

  • I will be on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week between weeks 38 - 42 of your pregnancy (this period may be changed if required).

  • 1x two hour postnatal session (this is usually within the first week or two following birth)

  • Unlimited follow-up support via text, email and phone up until 6 weeks after you baby has been born (please note this support isn’t always instant, particularly when I am with another client or supporting a birth).

ESSENTIALs

  • 2x two hour antenatal sessions in your own home

    • These sessions will be used to get to know each other as we plan and prepare for your birth

  • a minimum of 5x one hour phone calls (these are typically spaced 4 weekly)

  • I will be on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week between weeks 38 - 42 of your pregnancy (this period may be changed if required).

  • 1x one hour postnatal session (this is usually within the first week or two following birth)

  • Unlimited text and email support up until 6 weeks after you baby has been born (please note this support isn’t always instant, particularly when I am with another client or supporting a birth)

I am registered with Doula UK as a Recognised Birth Doula and typically cover an area within a one hour drive of Stokenchurch. I support births across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and the London Borough of Hillingdon at hospitals including Cotswold Birth Centre (Chipping Norton), Horton General (Banbury), John Radcliffe (Oxford), Hillingdon, Royal Berkshire (Reading), Stoke Mandeville (Aylesbury), Wallingford Birth Centre, Wexham Park (Slough) and Wycombe Birth Centre as well as home births. If you live or plan to birth somewhere that is more than a one hour drive from Stokenchurch, do please contact me as I may well be able to support you.

I’d love to chat with you about your pregnancy and how I may support you as you prepare for and during your big day. Do fill out the contact form and let’s arrange your free one hour face to face antenatal consultation.

Postnatal Doula

During those first weeks with a new baby things can feel a little overwhelming at times, and that’s ok and perfectly normal. This is where I may step in to help you. I love to describe my work as a Postnatal Doula as mothering the mother. But what does that really mean?

As your Postnatal Doula, I will care for you whilst you care for your baby. I take the pressure off the day to day activities you need to do so you can focus on getting to know your baby. My role is to support you and to help you to grow in confidence as a mother, and as your confidence grows, you will find you no longer need my support.

Tasks I am able to undertake include (but are not limited to):

  • Feeding support

  • Chatting through any concerns you may have

  • Signposting to relevant local services

  • Loading / unloading the dishwasher or doing the washing up

  • Tidying things away

  • Making the beds

  • Light meal preparation

  • Shopping

  • School run

  • Playing with older children

  • Caring for your baby while you play with older children / do the school run / take a shower / snooze

  • Accompanying you outside the home

My basic package for work as a Postnatal Doula consists of five 4 hour sessions (20 hours).

I generally offer Postnatal sessions on Mondays and Wednesday - Friday between 8am - 5pm, but it may be possible to arrange support outside of these hours.

I am registered with Doula UK as a Mentored Postnatal Doula. I typically support families within a 30 minute drive of Stokenchurch (additional fee applies if you live more than 10 miles from me) and generally work in and around Amersham, Beaconsfield, Bourne End, Great Missenden, Henley-on-Thames, High Wycombe, Oxford, Princes Risborough, Maidenhead, Marlow, Thame, Wallingford. If you live somewhere that is more than a 30 minute drive from Stokenchurch, do please contact me as I may well still be able to offer support to you.

I’d love to chat with you about your your needs and how I may support you during these early days with your new baby. Do fill out the contact form and let’s arrange your free one hour face to face consultation.

 

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I’d love to chat with you about your needs and how I may help you following the birth of your baby. Do fill out the contact form and let’s arrange your free one hour face to face consultation.

 

Please note that I am unavailable when I am supporting families through birth and so it may be a few days before I get back to you.

 
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