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.