Are you looking for holistic support during your pregnancy and childbirth? 

Contact Science of Birth for comprehensive Doula Services. 

 

My passion, as a Doula, is to focus on my clients. I aim to build a deeply rooted connection throughout their pregnancy. I can then give the best support during labour, birth and the postpartum period. 

I dedicate my experience and knowledge to empower parents. I want them to lay down a healthy and strong basis for their parenting journey.  

 

What role does a Doula have during pregnancy, labour and beyond? 

 

• The expecting woman and family employs the Doula privately to support and respond to her needs. 

• A Doula does not replace or exclude the father, partner or other family members.

• A Doula gives emotional, practical and informational support during the journey of becoming a parent.

• A Doula has the luxury of sharing the full scope of information with you without being burdened by time limits, the bias of certain policies and procedures, "birth politics" or managerial challenges. 

• A Doula does not aim to take the place of a midwife or doctor but to work together, to care together for the expectant mothers and families. 

• An excellent Doula has the skills to facilitate making objective and informed decisions, encouraging and empowering the family to be more in control, therefore enabling  confident birthing, better birth outcomes and a healthier future generation.

 

There can be many reasons why a family or an expectant mother choose to have a Doula. It is a very personal decision for everybody. 

  

I am working for you, not for an institute. Therefore, I have the freedom to stand up for your birthrights and I am proud to do so.

I have the luxury of being able to represent your personal wishes and advocate your voice throughout your journey to parenthood.

 

Birthing companion

I have chosen to be a doula, hypnobirth therapist and childbirth educator working privately for families so that I can fulfil my professional calling of improving the health and well-being of future families.

What are the benefits of having a Doula?

  • Doula supported mothers were more likely to experience a calmer pregnancy without much stress and anxiety and rated their birth experience good, feeling that they coped well during labour and birth!

  • Reduced risk of Caesarean birth

  • Reduced risk of instrumental birth

  • Reduced request for pharmaceutical pain management, reportedly fewer women used pain relief, including epidural 

  • Reduced rate of induction of labour

  • Shorter labour

  • Better Apgar scores at birth for babies

  • Increased parental satisfaction with the birth experience

  • Increased likelihood of initiating breastfeeding

  • Increased likelihood of successfully establishing breastfeeding & exclusive breastfeeding at 6 weeks

  • Doula support reduces the chance of developing postpartum depression

 

 

Doula Care - Mothering the birthing couple

Why is it important to have a trained birthing companion?

 

This is why a doula's skilled presence can be crucial during labour:

Doulas are there to support the birthing mother as well as the father. Fathers are vulnerable too since they may have never seen their partner in labour before. It can be difficult to see their partner in challenging situations and feel "useless" or "helpless". A good Doula is able to care for the couple with compassion and understanding.

 

Women in labour tend to trust other women. A well-intentioned compassionate father who has never seen labour might encourage his wife to accept or request pain medication or an epidural that she could do without. At the time, the mother might be grateful but later they mostly regret this and express disappointment that they did not get the encouragement they needed to get through that very rough point in labour. 

 

To have a friend present as a birthing companion is a lovely, reassuring emotional element, however they would probably look worried when the labouring woman, during the second stage would suddenly express that “she cannot do it anymore” and looked to their companions for help. That's the point where a Doula is able to gently support the mother through this challenging time. 

 

A home visiting doula

Antenatal and Birth Doula Package

 

The first consultation is a free, non-obligatory meeting where I can get to know you and you can decide if you would like me to be your Doula.

 

  • Minimum 3 - 4 prenatal visits in your home - this varies as some people want more and others less. During these visits I'll arm you with ample research-based information and we get to talk through everything that is important for you, your birth preferences, worries and so on. We will have time to really get to know each other. 

  • Unlimited support via phone, email and text.

  • Enriching your knowledge on pregnancy, birth and the postpartum.

  • Books for loan.

  • I help you to write your birth plan and to choose where to give birth.

  • I can attend appointments with you.

  • Advocacy services.

  • I can teach you HypnoBirthing techniques.

  • We can belly dance too if you wish to do so.

  • I will be ‘on call’ towards the end of your pregnancy (from around 38 weeks) and will be available 24/7.

  • I will be with you when you ask for me during your labour.

  • During your labour my most important role is to provide nurturing, continuous support and reassurance for you and for your partner.

  • I will be with you until the birth of your baby.

  • 1 postnatal visit (please see my postnatal Doula services below)

 

Pregnancy itself is part of the birth process, a journey, the preparation time to meet your baby. It is crucial to feel supported throughout your pregnancy, not just when labour begins. 

My most important role is to provide continuous support and reassurance during one of the most memorable experiences of your life.

 

 

Price: £750

Postnatal Doula Package

 

The first couple of weeks after the birth can be very exhausting, as the new family will need nurturing and adapting to the changes and the new lifestyle.

I offer to work as a postnatal Doula up to 6 months after the birth of your baby to help you have a positive experience of life with your baby.

 

I can provide assistance to your family in many aspects such as

  • Creating a tailored, unique postnatal plan for your and for your family’s needs

  • Advice on caring for your newborn

  • Caring for you, the 'Newly born Mother'

  • Helping you to establish successful routines

  • Advice and support with breastfeeding

  • Advice and support for fathers

  • Practical help from preparing meals through light cleaning to looking after baby

  • Birth reflections

 

I am here to support you as a postnatal Doula so that you can be the best parent you want to be.

 

Price: from £13/hour 

 

If you wish to benefit from the whole Science of Birth initiative (antenatal classes, doula care and hypnobirthing) contact me so we can tailor the program to suit your personal needs and wishes!

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