The support I provide includes:
Meeting with you during pregnancy for three preparation sessions
Helping you formulate your Birth Plan
Being available at the end of the phone/text/email throughout pregnancy
Being "on call" for you 24/7 in the weeks around your due date
Being with you for as long as you wish during labour and birth, both at home and moving with you to hospital/birth centre if that is where you are giving birth
Staying with you for a short time after birth, offering support for initiation of breastfeeding, if that is wanted·
A final follow-up / debrief session some days/weeks after the birth
Hypnobirthing is the use of self-hypnosis techniques to help a woman to feel calm, confident, comfortable and in control during labour and birth. This, in turn, helps the hormones of birth to flow, and birth to proceed optimally.
I am happy to incorporate hypnobirthing into my doula preparation sessions with you.
I also offer private and small group hypnobirthing antenatal preparation classes in the KG Hypnobirthing™ tradition. The 12-hour course is taught over 4 weekly sessions.
Full antenatal courses are only available in the Colchester area.
A baby's birth is also the birth of a new Mother and new Family. The transition to parenthood can be a challenging time. Even experienced parents can need a little extra support in the early days, especially if your own family is far away. Postnatal doulas offer you the practical, physical, informational and emotional support you need.
As your postnatal doula, I will provide support in your home following the birth of your baby. I work on an hourly basis to be arranged, normally in sessions of 2-4 hours, 2-5 times per week for around 6-8 weeks, but this will vary over time and with your circumstances.
The kind of support I can offer ranges widely and will be tailored to your specific needs, including companionship, cooking, tidying, watching baby whilst you sleep or shower, supporting feeding and troubleshooting breastfeeding issues, referring you to more specialist support where appropriate and doing whatever is needed to help keep your household running smoothly.
Postnatal doula Gift Certificates are also available -- the perfect gift from grandparents, relatives and friends who live too far away to be there themselves.
Please note that postnatal doula services are only available within a half hour's travel from Colchester.