Birth Doula




There is evidence to show that having a doula can mean:

  • Reduced risk of Cesarean birth † *.
  • Reduced risk of instrumental birth † *.
  • Reduced need for painkillers or epidural during birth † *.
  • Reduced rate of induction of labour † *.
  • Shorter labour †.
  • Increased parental satisfaction with the birth experience. †
  • Increased likelihood of initiating breastfeeding *.
  • Increased likelihood of successfully establishing breastfeeding & breastfeeding at 6 weeks *.
  • Lower incidence of depressive symptomatology †.

* Brigstocke S. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest, vol 24, no 2, 2014, pp 157-160
† Hodnett ED, Gates S, Hofmeyr G, Sakala C. Continuous support for women during childbirth. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 7. Art. No.: CD003766. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003766.pub5 and Bohren MAHofmeyr GJSakala CFukuzawa RKCuthbert AContinuous support for women during childbirthCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2017, Issue 7. Art. No.: CD003766. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003766.pub6.

Read more here: https://doula.org.uk/new-evidence-in-support-of-doulas/

here: https://www.cochrane.org/CD003766/PREG_continuous-support-women-during-childbirth

and here: https://evidencebasedbirth.com/the-evidence-for-doulas/#:~:text=The%20researchers%20found%20that%20overall,a%20doula%20(15%25%20increase)*

I am passionate about informed choice, which means signposting clients to evidence based, non-biased information, so that they can make the right decision for them & their births. 

My aim is to build a relationship & get to know you as well as possible, so that I can support you, your partner & your household the best way I can. Practically, physically, emotionally & informationally, throughout pregnancy, labour, birth & the postnatal period. To provide you with continuity of care, so that regardless of how or where you want to birth, I will be their to support you, hold the space & advocate if needed. To help you meet your birthing goals! 

Once we have agreed to work together I will be available via email, text message, what's app, or telephone to support & care for you. I will provide two or three antenatal sessions where we will prepare for your birth - focusing on the areas that you wish to receive support with. This may include; discussing the mechanics of birth, hormones, writing a (or many) birthing preferences, the BRAIN tool, guided relaxations, demonstrating rebozo & other techniques for labour, the third stage of labour, planning for the postnatal period, antenatal expressing of colostrum, safe co-sleeping & infant feeding. 

I will be "on-call" to attend you during labour & birth 24/7 from 38-42 weeks (this window can be adjusted if we know you may birth early, e.g. for twins, or e.g. you have longer pregnancies) & will remain with you immediately after birth until you are settled & happy. 

Postnatally I will visit you twice. Usually once within the first 3 days & again within a fortnight of giving birth, depending on your needs*. During this time I can support you with breastfeeding, discussing or debriefing your birth story, guided relaxations, help with personal care, prepare you a meal, discuss baby care, help to give a first bath, signpost to further information on the 4th trimester, safe-sleep guidance, or baby development, give sling support & loan you a sling. 

*Additional Postnatal Support can be negotiated upon request. 

I have supported first time parents, second time parents, single parents, young parents, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), home birth, breech vaginal birth, water birth, birth on a Midwifery Led Unit (MLU), "High-Risk" birth, induction of labour & elective cesareans. So whatever you are considering, I am here to help & support you! 

To get in touch & arrange an initial chat &/or meet-up please email: sally@solentparenting.co.uk OR telephone: 07966662776



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