Birth Doula Support
My birth doula support varies from family to family depending on your circumstances and individual needs, but whether this is your first birth or your fifth I will help you feel safe and supported however you need throughout pregnancy, labour, birth and those first few weeks. I will work with you to understand your wishes and worries, prepare for the birth you want and I will be there to support and empower you to have a positive birth experience, ensuring you are at the forefront every step of the way.
I work as a birth doula in Leeds, West Yorkshire and some of North Yorkshire, including Harrogate and parts of the Yorkshire Dales. Please get in touch if you’re not sure if your area is covered to discuss how I may be able to support you still.
How I Can Support You
My birth doula support is £625 and can be completely tailored to your needs, my support usually includes the following:
We will use this time to talk in depth about what you would like my support to look like in the birth room. We can go through things you might not have thought about, options you might not know you have, so that you and any birth partner feel more prepared and confident for the birth.
1 session is typically dedicated to life after birth, working through how things are going to look in the first few weeks and what life with a growing family might be like.
Together we can make an ideal birth plan. Birth can throw curveballs though so I like to get down key things that are important to you so that we can try and make sure these wishes are listened to in any birth scenario. Importantly we will also talk through any worries you might have, and how we can address these.
You may notice that once you are pregnant people tend to give you advice based on what worked for them. I will provide you with solid evidence based information so that you are best placed to understand your options and make informed choices that will work best for you and your family.
Every person, family and baby are unique, it is what makes the world such an amazing place. It also means that I make sure my support is completely tailored to you and your wants and needs throughout pregnancy, labour, birth and beyond.
I want you to feel empowered, I am just there for you to rely on as / when you need me and to ensure you feel safe and supported throughout. Wherever or however you decide you want to give birth, I will support you.
A dedicated WhatsApp chat (or your prefered method of contact) so you can message me anytime for any questions or concerns that may come up. Even if it’s in the middle of the night sometimes it helps to just write it down so you can get some sleep and I will come back to you ASAP after reading the message.
I go on call 24/7 from 38 weeks until baby decides when they are coming, so as soon as you need me my bag will be packed and I’ll be ready to be straight with you.
I will be there for you with no judgements. My whole focus will be on you, giving you time and space to talk, think and process.
For the Birth:
Only you will know when you want me to come and this will be different for everyone. As soon as you ask me to come I will be ready to go.
I will listen to you and support you however you need in the moment. We will have already chatted about how you would like me to support you beforehand but this can change and I’m flexible.
I will be listening to what is going on and ensuring you understand relevant information, so you can talk to the medical team about your options and make informed decisions.
My support is completely tailored to you throughout, so whatever you need in the labour / birthing room I will have you covered.
Some families may want me to do more practical things like keeping the birth pool at the right tempreture or making cups of tea, so that the birth partner can focus solely on you. Other people would want me to hold their hand and take on a more physical role
I can also take birth photography (at no extra cost) if this is something you would like.
Some people like to be massaged, or like the use of Sacral Pressure, some just like having a hand to hold throughout or to give your birth partner time to nip out to the loo.
I can help support you physically however you want or need, including helping you get into different postions to make you more comfortable.
Emotional support is vital, having someone there who has your back, knows what really matters to you and who won’t pass judgement is underated.
I will be there for you with compassion, empathy and words of encouragement. I will motivate and uplift you, really listen to your wants and needs and I will never stop believing in you and any decisions you make along the way.
I will also be there for birth partners too, to help them feel encouraged and supported.
Ultimately I want you and anyone else in the room to feel relaxed, safe and supported as this will have a positive impact on the birth. That is you, any birth partner(s) and the medical team too. I want your baby to be born into the most amazing, harmonious room full of oxytocin – I might even get my guitar out*
I will stay with you until you feel happy and settled, feeding baby and you are ready for me to go.
*disclaimer – I can only play one tune terribly and I know for a fact you wouldn’t want me to play it after giving birth
Whats in the bag? Everything we could ever need…
Mary Poppins has got nothing on me.
After the Birth:
This session is 2-3 hours which you can choose to use as you please.
I can come and listen, giving you the opportunity to debrief the birth if you would like. Or you might want me to hold or sling the baby so you can get some rest. Have a look at my postnatal doula page to give you more of an idea as to what you might like this time to be used for.
If you decide you would like more postnatal sessions added on I will do my absolute best to be able to be there for you if I am free.
You will have me in your pocket for those first 2 weeks to support you and signpost you additional information. The WhatsApp chat (or your chosen method of communication) is open for this time to use if you have any questions at all.
If you feel like you need additional support I can tailor my support to your needs. That might include: