As you prepare for the arrival of your baby, I can support you to develop your preferences for labour and birth, guided by your hopes, past experiences, and the latest evidence-based information, to enable you to make informed decisions.
There are many practical and emotional ways your partner and I can support you through labour which we can explore and practice during antenatal visits to determine what is going to work best for you.
Navigating maternity services can feel overwhelming. It can be helpful to have a debriefing session after an appointment or, alternatively, I can accompany you to antenatal appointments.
It is common for the early postnatal period to be barely considered beyond being told by all knowing friends/family ‘you will never sleep again!’. Not the most helpful sentiment, but how to manage broken sleep mixed with extreme fatigue from labour is definitely important to consider. Postnatal physical recovery is another important but majorly overlooked factor.
As your doula, I can support you to consider what can be put in place now, before your baby arrives, to help you manage the foggy, incoherent days to come.
I believe birth can be an empowering experience whatever the birth setting (eg homebirth, hospital) or type of birth (vaginal, caesarean), and I am committed to supporting you achieve this.
I can support you with targeted stretches and movement (biomechanics) , both antenally and during labour if needed, working in harmony with you and your baby to support their journey in to the world.
Throughout labour, I will work to create and protect a safe, oxytocin-fuelled environment and advocate for you, when needed, to enable you and your partner (if you have one) to focus on each other and your baby.
Partners often report feeling overlooked and struggle to see their role during labour. A key focus of mine is to ensure partners feel included by helping them to recognise the importance of their role, and realise it is the littlest gestures that make the biggest difference.
Once your new baby arrives, I will ensure you feel settled, having washed and eaten, provide support with feeding (including the first feed), and any information on taking care of yourself and your baby as your postnatal journey begins.
Though widely unrecognised, the postnatal period is a vitally important time for rest, nourishment and, ultimately, healing for the mother.
As a postnatal Doula my purpose is to specifically not focus on the baby (everyone else will be doing that!), but to focus on the needs of the mother and her partner.
Returning home with a new baby, in many cases, is a joyful occasion. Naturally, mixed in with the joy, is often uncertainty and even fear. I will provide a steadying hand through the early days/weeks of this transition, supporting and encouraging you as, slowly but surely, your confidence in caring for your baby grows.
Guided by a holistic approach, I will tailor my support to your specific needs which may include: