Today's mother is generally not given the chance to enjoy her pregnancy, labour and new baby because of birth anxieties, or from the environment or pressures within a hospital setting.
"Doula" (pronounced "doola") is a Greek word meaning "woman servant or caregiver".
It refers to a trained woman who offers emotional and practical support to a woman (or couple) before, during and after childbirth - enabling a woman to have a positive and empowered pregnancy, birth and immediate time as a new mum. This type of support also helps the whole family to relax and form as positive an experience for all as possible.
I have had the honour to train with leading Birth Scientist Michel Odent and top London Doula Liliana Lamars, as well as the Daisy Foundation, and use up-to-date physiological evidence as well as techniques and tools to anchor the birthing woman to various ways of relaxation, beginning in a series of antenatal appointments where we also work on Optimal Feotal Positioning for baby.
First and foremost I will protect your birthing environment, allowing your body every chance to birth nas it should, but I can also use various massage and counter pressure techniques to relieve discomfort throughout pregnancy and labour (when appropriate), and advocate for Mum & Dad on the day - helping to make a low-adrenaline atmosphere for you to birth your baby calmly, as YOU feel in control of your special day.
All of these appointments and techniques can be designed around you as a couple, teaching your partner important techniques too.
Evidence shows the support and care of a qualified Doula increases your chances of a better birth. Women who use the services of a Birth Doula...
Klaus, Kennell & Klaus, 1993
A Doula offers Care, Support, Friendship, and A Continuity of Care at a time you need it most!
An example Package would be ...
This example Birth Doula package costs £475. (Additional expenses may apply). But this package can be tailored to your needs and budgets, without removing that continuity and preparation which is so important.
Doula, Antenatal Classes, Baby Massage, Baby Yoga, Postnatal Classes, Mummy support, Halifax, Huddersfield, Bingley, Shipley, Bradford