What is a Doula?
A doula is a trained professional who provides continuous informative, emotional and physical support to people in pregnancy, labour and postpartum. A Birth Doula specialises in pregnancy, labour and birth support while a Postpartum Doula specialises in support for the following weeks immediately after birth. Studies have shown, that with a doula present, labour's are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
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How useful is a Doula and why would I need one?
Statistics show having a Doula can considerably decrease labouring time by 25% and chances of having a cesarean section by 50%. Birthing people have also reported having a more positive birthing experience and were less likely to have had pain medication such as an epidural. By adding a Doula to you birth team, you AND your baby are more likely to have better outcomes.
Isn't a Doula and a Midwife the same thing?
Not quite! While we both work with pregnant people and specialise in childbirth our roles are very different. Midwives provide medical expertise and skills in supporting people to have healthy pregnancies, healthy births and postpartum recovery, a doula can not provide medical treatment or conduct clinical tasks such as fetal heart checks or vaginal exams.
Doula's provide physical and emotional support to pregnant people and their families to help cope with labour discomfort and to help aid the best birthing experience possible. Midwives are health care providers and their primary concern is for the health and safety of the birthing parent and baby, Doula's provide continuous care and support, never leaving the pregnant persons side and can help 'coach' them prior to and during labour. A Doula does not replace a midwife and can instead add complimentary additional services helping families have the perfect birth team, especially as the chances of you getting a different midwife at your delivery than you've had at your prenatal appointments, is very likely.
I don't want a home birth so I wont need or be eligible for a Doula right?
Wrong! While some doula's are specialised in home births only, there are also many doula's that don't have restrictions on where they attend births and which clients they serve. The presence of a doula can be beneficial no matter what type of birth you are planning, whether it is in a hospital a birthing center or at home, I will be there every step of the way providing non judgemental support.
What if I want an epidural? or I end up having a cesarean? Can I have a Doula then?
Of course! It is a doula's role to assist you no matter what your choice. I am here to provide non-judgmental, emotional and physical support for whatever birth you decide to have, or end up having. My main priority is that you feel safe, comfortable and supported, no matter what your decision.
Will I need your services if I have my partner and my family supporting me?
It is important to know a doula does not replace partners or fathers but rather enhances their experience, while having your family and partner is a tremendous asset, a doula can add not only support to the pregnant person, but to the rest of the family as well. Practical support such as letting a partner sleep (while ensuring you have continuous companionship), getting snacks for everyone or using trained skills to help with a painful contraction, I can be that extra pair of hands and knowledge to help both the birthing perosn and partner.
This isn't my first child, I already know what to expect. I have a great midwife and feel really supported.
That's great news if you have a trusting and supportive birth team, however a doula isn't just for parents who feel alone, unsure or unheard, as every pregnancy and birth is different. So whether this is your first, second or you have had multiple children, your experience isn't likely to always be the same. You may desire more emotional support in pregnancy or perhaps a practical hand to help with your other children & support for your partner. A doula can be there every step of the way to assist you in ways that make your unique birthing journey, the best it can be.
Im still not quite sure what you will be doing!
A doula's role changes with each client and with each birth as this is individualised care. You are the leader and define my role within your birthing experience, this means that based on your own unique and individual needs you will determine the role I play. You may want someone to provide just labour comfort measures, perhaps information and education with all things birth related, or you may like to use every aspect of my services, whatever your desires we will work together to create the best 'package' that works for you. If you still have questions, get in touch to discuss more. We can have a free consultation to see if working together is the best fit and if it isn’t then i’d be more than happy to point you in the direction of someone who may be better suited to what you are looking for.
Still unsure if you want a doula? Take a look at my testimonials to see how I have helped previous clients.
Where will consultations take place?
Doula services - Depending on the package booked, prenatal consultations will take place either in the comfort of your own home, somewhere mutual, online via email or video call.
Womb Wellness - Consultations will take place in my home, in a safe and private space.
How many sessions will I need?
The needs of each person is different so the number of sessions required will depend on what each person is hoping to accomplish. For doula services you may just want the one phone call session to go over a few questions or perhaps for womb consultations your issues may be a little complex so several sessions are needed. It all depends on what you require and together we can figure out how many sessions are most suitable.
Do I need to bring anything to the womb wellness consultations?
Nope, but if you find it helpful, you can bring a notepad and pen to take notes with during the session.
How will I receive more information before or after the consultation?
Once you have confirmed your consultation - you can contact me at any time with any questions you have. I will also provide you with PDF E-Booklets with information that you require depending on services booked.
PRICING & PAYMENT
I really want to book a service with you but I don’t think I can afford it
I offer payment plans and sliding scale to those that need it. Get in touch to see how we can work together.
How & when do I pay?
For products - Pay through the online store via direct debit or Paypal.
For Doula Services - Payment of 50% is required upfront and then the remaining 50% paid during the last week of service. I accept payment through debit or credit cards or Paypal.
For Womb Wellness Consults - Payment of 50% is required upfront and then the remaining 50% at the end of the session. I accept payment through debit or credit cards or Paypal.
Where do you ship to?
At the moment I only ship products to the UK.
How long will delivery take?
Standard delivery will take up to six days. If you need an overnight, contact me to see if that can be arranged.
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