Doula

"However much we know about birth in general, we know nothing about a particular birth. We must let it unfold with its own uniqueness."

Elizabeth Noble

What is a Doula?

My favourite description of a Doula is of, “someone who’s role and belief is one of ‘mothering the mother.” We ensure the birthing mother is continually and unequivocally supported throughout her birthing journey.

The Doula is the ultimate protector and advocate not only for the birthing mother but also for her birthing environment. She strives to make sure the mother feels safe and secure as she prepares to welcome her baby into the world.

What I do as a Doula

  • Meet with you regularly prenatally (Minimum of two meetups)
  • Discuss your birthing options including care providers in your area as well as birthing environments to help enable you to write a birth plan most suited to you and your baby
  • Explore any emotions, fears or hopes you have surrounding your birth
  • Share with you an array of techniques including simple relaxation, birth breathing and massage to use throughout your pregnancy and during birthing
  • Share any information/resources/evidence-based research I feel could help you on your birthing journey: how to make informed decisions and ultimately eliminate unnecessary interventions
  • Provide continuous calming support emotionally and physically throughout labour
  • Respect and protect your right to birth your way whilst helping when necessary to make things a little more comfortable for you
  • Support your birth companion (if you have one) to remain calm and use gentle communication throughout
  • Help and support to breastfeed in the initial hours after baby’s birth
  • Meet with you once postnatally to discuss your birthing experience and if you require any additional support

Remember - As your Doula, I am not affiliated to anyone be that medical professional, midwifery team or other. My sole responsibility is in caring, supporting, advocating and protecting you and your baby on your birthing journey - however you choose to birth.

What I don't do as a Doula

  • Interfere - especially if things are going well
  • Tell you what to do - “your body, your baby, your birth.” I provide guidance when required but all decisions surrounding your birth are made by you
  • Carry out any medical/clinical procedures or examinations
  • Promise/guarantee you a certain type of birth. Birth by its very nature is spontaneous and unique

Why hire a Doula?

(Klaus, Kennell and Klaus, 1993)

Shortens labour by an average of 2 hours
Significantly reduces the use of synthetic pain relief
Decreases the need for oxytocin to induce labour
50% less likely to have a caesarean birth
40% less likely that forceps would be used to assist delivery
60% less likely for epidural to be requested

My prices

Introductory price (Available until 1st May 2015)

£250*

Coverage: East and Central Scotland. Further afield? Get in touch
Timeframe: I provide 24/7 on-call support from 38 weeks onwards

*I believe that every woman should have access to a Doula before, during and after birth. This means that no-one should be excluded from having the invaluable care and service they deserve. As such, if you would like to have a Doula present at your birth but cannot afford my standard fee then please still get in touch.

How to book

Booking is easy and straightforward:

  1. Firstly, I always like to start with a chat in person or via Skype or Telephone. This lets me fully understand your circumstances and how I can best support you in the run up to your birth
  2. During our first meeting my consultation is always provided free prior to dedicating myself to becoming your Doula
  3. When you are ready to progress all I ask is for a £50 non-refundable deposit to secure your place
  4. You can either pay in full prior to the birth or afterwards however the full balance must be settled within 14 days of baby’s arrival