RESEARCH has shown that having a doula present at a birth ;
- Shortens first-time labour by an average of 2 hours
- Decreases the chance of caesarean section by 50%
- Decreases the need for pain medication
- Helps fathers participate with confidence
- Increases success in breastfeeding
Findings from "Mothering the Mother" Klaus, Kennell & Klaus, 1993
An initial no-obligation interview is free at my home or yours, or online using zoom. We can discuss how I can support you during your pregnancy, birth, and/or postnatally.
Birth Doula support package
Pre-natal Visits: Minimum of two, to establish our relationship, and discuss your concerns and fears, desires and wishes. I will provide 1-1 birth preparation sessions, which can include The Little Birth Company Hypnobirthing programme or not, These sessions will be in your own home and will focus on birth physiology, and techniques to manage labour in a positive way whatever your birth choices are. I will also give your partner the tools to support you during the birthing process.
I will provide information and ideas for you to formulate a birth plan or birth 'preferences' and we will discuss different birth scenarios and the options available to you to help you maintain control of your labour and birth of your baby. It will always be my main purpose to support you and aid you to make your own decisions and help you to achieve a more relaxed, enjoyable pregnancy and birth.
Continual Distance Support: from the time of booking until a minimum of six weeks following the birth of your baby. so this is regular contact with me, as you need it, via phone, text, email or zoom.
On Call: I shall be available to attend you in labour from your 38th week of pregnancy through to your 42nd. However if you go into labour outside of these dates I shall do my very best to be with you.
* For twin births I usually plan for my on-call to begin at 36 weeks, otherwise everything is the same as above*
Attendance at Labour and Birth: I'll be available to support you throughout the length of your labour until after your baby is born and you are settled either on the post natal ward in the case of a hospital birth or refreshed and resting in bed after a homebirth. If you have had a homebirth I will assist with the tidying up before I leave.
During labour: you can have the full use of my birth support kit which includes homeopathic remedies, aromatherapy oils, a TENS machine and birth pool (in the case of a homebirth). I will also be able to offer you massage as a technique to relax and support you to try different methods/positions for comfort, pain relief and/or birth of your baby, and if you're using LBC hypnobirthing, I can support you with this also.
Minimum of two Postnatal visits to review how the birth went and how you feel about it. And see how you and baby are getting on. This can either be while you are still in hospital or once you are home. These visits can be extended on an ad-hoc basis if you feel you need a bit of extra support at this time.
COST: £1,600 for full Birth Doula support
: £ 1,800 for full Birth Doula support including full 1-1 LBC hypnobirthing programme & access to pregnancy relaxation class
Post Natal Doula Care package
My goal would be to support new parents and baby by helping to make the transition to parenthood a smooth and treasured time for the whole family. My aim at all times will be to inform, nurture, and support unconditionally - this is my privilege as your Doula! I would support you until you feel happy, confident and coping well, but of course I will always be available for top-ups as and when you feel it's needed, and will be available by telephone/email for as long as required. I usually only offer postnatal support to birth clients, but would consider local support to help you get through a difficult time, please do ask if you feel I can help and if I am unable to then I shall help you find another Doula who can.
I offer an hourly rate with a minimum of three hours a day. Travel expenses and parking fees are additional if more than five miles outside of Rugby. Please contact me for more information.
COST: £30 per hour