Antenatal/birth preparation sessions The sessions are in the comfort of your own home and are usually booked as two 2 hour sessions. It is recommended that your partner is with you for at least one of the sessions. These can be tailored to your requirements but typically include:
debrief of previous birth(s)
birth physiology/the road to birth
positions for labour
stages of labour/what to expect
when things are not straightforward
feeding your baby
Antenatal sessions are £75 per 2 hour session or come as part of the birth doula package.
Birth Package £800
This package includes two 2 hour (approx.) antenatal preparation sessions An on call period of 4 weeks Attendance at the birth until your baby arrives and you are ready for me to leave One postnatal meeting to debrief your baby's birth (and for baby snuggles!) usually during the first week or two following birth. As your birth doula I will be on call from 10 days before your baby's estimated date of delivery (EDD) until the arrival of your baby. During this time I will be available to you via phone call, text or email, I will not book any other expectant mothers during this time so if you book me I will be there! I will attend your home as and when requested and will stay with you, be that at home, hospital, wherever, until your baby is born and you are happy for me to leave. I can suggest different positions for birth, comfort measures and can help explain what the midwife/doctor is saying, give practical and emotional support.
During your labour I will provide a calm, reassuring presence. I have worked on several labour wards and in home from home units so I know and understand the environment. I talk the same language as the midwives and obstetricians so I can explain to you what they mean. I can offer information backed up by research to help you make informed choices about your care. I always work with your other health professionals to make your birth experience a positive one.
As your birth doula I can offer loads of information and useful articles and loans from my ever increasing doula library. I can recommend other local experts e.g. homeopaths, physios, nutritionists, acupuncturists.
The Hypnobirth Package £950
Includes all of the above plus Hypnobirthing at one of my group sessions; 8-10 hours of teaching, workbook, 7 MP3s, help with birth preferences, refreshments.
The Platinum Package £1400
Includes all of the above plus Hypnobirthing at one of my group sessions; 8-10 hours of teaching, workbook, 7 MP3s, help with birth preferences, refreshments 4 acupuncture or chiropractic treatments during pregnancy 1 acupuncture/mother's warming treatment or 1 chiropractic treatment following your baby's birth Goody bag for Mum 2 pregnancy massages All with therapists that I have met, trust and often use myself. They all specialise in women's health and pregnancy and are super nice!
Deposit payable on booking 50% and the remainder to be paid when the on-call period starts.
Postnatal Doula As your postnatal doula I will usually start working with you in the first week or two following your baby's birth. I will provide emotional, practical and informational support. I am available to support you and your family in whatever way you may need...within reason!
feeding support-breast or formula
looking after your baby while you catch up on some much needed sleep
helping out with older siblings
a non-judgemental ear and emotional support
Parents can often feel overwhelmed with all the advice given in the first few weeks after birth, together we can talk this through and work out what will be best for you and your baby. At no point will I dismiss what you think or feel, nor will I tell you what to do. I strongly believe that each mother will know what is best for her baby...trust your instinct!
I recommend that postnatal care sessions are booked as 3 hour blocks.
I charge £25 per hour and cover an area up to half an hour from Brackley.
Emergency Birth Doula
For whatever reason you may find yourself wanting or needing a doula right at the last minute. Please call me to see if I can help. I will do my very best to help you out and if I can't I will try to find you a doula who can!