Doula

I have been supporting women throughout central Scotland to birth their babies since I first birthed my own. This transformational experience led me to this work, this joy, this path of supporting women and families during this most pivotal time in their lives.

Time and time again I met women whose experiences were far from my own. Who were left in the aftermath of birth to pick up the pieces of emotional, physical, psychological trauma; typically alone without access to the right support, care or even understanding, not to mention all the while manoeuvring motherhood often for the first time.

My heart ached for these women, motherhood is hard enough, entirely consuming and often lonely. Navigating it with the scars than a less than fruitful birthing experience is a dangerous concoction. The good news however - its entirely avoidable.

With the right access to information, the right support and the right to irrefutable freedom of choice to birth however you desire this doesn’t have to be our blueprint for birth. In fact, it can’t be!

Women’s bodies aren’t broken they aren’t less capable now than centuries before. Our systems however are. Only by changing the way we view and approach birth can the way we birth begin to change.

“The medicalization of birth has left three generations of women spiritually and psychologically wounded.”

—Pam England

My belief that every woman should have a doula during birth is purely an extension of my passion for women’s rights.

My doulaing is grounded in advocacy, autonomy, social justice and an overwhelming amount of love and marvel at the capabilities of women and their bodies.

I will support you wholly and holy, hand-in-hand as you walk this path of deepest transformation on your own terms. Let’s reclaim birth, let's bring it home once again to women!

You have the power Mama. Whether you know it or not makes it no less true.

Birth Doula package

Pre-birth

My first priority is a free in-person consultation where we decide if I am the right Doula for you and your family.

Following that we next schedule the first of our 3 x 90 min meetups where we delve deeper into your aspirations, choices, concerns and begin to explore and form your unique birthing preferences.

In addition to continuous support via phone, email, and text, I also provide a 1 x 90 min prenatal Kundalini Yoga session to prepare you physically, mentally and spiritually in the lead up to birth.

Optional add-on - Full Day Intensive Birth Preparation Workshop. (Additional investment of £100)

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newborn baby wrapped in blanket

During birth

In the lead up to your birth, I am on call 24/7 from 37 weeks until your baby arrives earthside.

During your birthing, I provide a supportive and unwavering presence and can liaise with birthing professionals where required.

My role is one of advocacy and protection of you, your birthing space and your preferences. Meeting the needs of you and your family moment to moment.

Post-partum I can help you to establish breastfeeding if you wish. I remain present until you and your little one are wrapped in each other (typically up to two hours after birth.)

Post-birth

Following your birth, I provide one/two post-natal visits and carry out an informal birthing debrief.

Here we check in to see how life is feeling post birth for you and your family and explore if you need any additional support from myself or others whether with baby related issues or mother related postpartum recovery and healing.

I can provide information on an incredible network of women across the country and online should you require extra support from Post-natal Doulas, Physical and Emotional Therapy, Essential Oils, Holistic Therapies etc.

Optional add-on - Post-natal Doula support / Mother's help (Investment - £25 / hour)

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Your investment

£1000*

* I believe that no woman should be excluded from having the invaluable continuous care and support of a Doula during birth. As such, I offer excellent payment plans where required to help spread the cost of your investment - get in touch to find out more.

*Due to the shocking statistics released at the end of 2018 by MBRRACE-UK (see full PDF report) about the staggering rates of mortality for BAME women during pregnancy and birth I offer a discounted rate on all of my birth services for women of colour.

How to book

It’s super simple. Get in touch and let’s get together over a cuppa. I’d love to meet you and relish every opportunity to talk all things birth and women’s empowerment.

If you wish to secure me as your Doula, GREAT! It is truly an honour and privilege to serve you Mama. Let’s get to it.

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