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 B , , , , . Continuous support for women during childbirth. Cochrane 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/
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 caesarean (VBAC), home birth, breech vaginal birth, water birth, birth on a Midwifery Led Unit (MLU), "High-Risk" birth, induction of labour & elective caesareans. 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: email@example.com OR telephone: 07966662776
SHARED CARE & Doula Back-Up
Since early 2021 I have begun working more closely with my friend & fellow doula, Doula Sophy. This means that we can not only offer one another the same care & support that we offer our clients, but it also means that we can cover one another as "Back-Up" doula or even offer packages of "Shared Care".
What is a Back-Up Doula?
This is someone (or may be more than 1 other doula) well known by me, who I trust & know well, who can potentially act as "cover" for me. For example - if I have 2 clients who's on-call periods over-lap, my back-up can be on standby should both clients need support at the same time. (Please don't worry - I actively try to avoid this situation & even if it were to happen the likelihood of both clients needing support at the same time is VERY slim.) Another example may be that for a few days during the on-call period I already know that I have a prior commitment, in which case my back-up doula would cover those few days of on-call. And of course - worst case scenario, I am unwell & physically unable to attend your birth, in which case having a back-up doula who is known to you, who can step in & still give you that labour & birth support can be invaluable. This option is widely accepted as good practice & beneficial to all.
This service comes at no additional cost to you.
What is Shared Care?
Basically, the client will get two doulas for the price of one! In a shared care situation, both Sophy & I will attend an initial meeting/call (or arrange another as soon as possible) so that the client will meet both of us as soon as possible, before deciding whether to hire us.