What do I do as your doula?
I can help you by
being at the end of the telephone
coming out to you when you are in labour
encouraging you to be calm and relaxed during your labour being mindful of your birth plan and supporting you at home before a midwife arrives.
encouraging your partner in supporting you
doing all I can to ensure that your privacy and your wishes are respected
loaning you a birth pool, should you need one
staying with you until after your baby has been born
helping you to establish that first feed
ensuring you feel confident about the next feed
leaving you warm and safe in bed, cuddling and kissing your newborn
How can I help you in the days after the birth?
coming by to admire you and your beautiful baby
keeping an eye on the feeding
listening to you as you talk through your birth story
still being available by phone and text for six weeks to answer any questions you may have
What does a postnatal doula do?
Birth Preparation :
If you feel that you don't need a full birth doula service but would like a little help in planning and preparing for the birth, then this one-to-one session could be just what you're looking for!
This session will include help in putting together a birth plan; understanding what can be done to make birth quicker and easier; positions for labour and birth; the role of the partner; breathing and relaxation techniques.
Birth preparation typically takes around three hours and takes place at your home or mine.
VBAC Preparation :
An intensive session that concentrates on achieving a successful VBAC. We will debrief the last birth during the course of this session and moving on from there we can put together an appropriate birth plan. Understanding what went wrong last time and how to avoid it is key to your VBAC birth plan, and although nothing can guarantee the perfect birth, by empowering you to make your own decisions, you are much more likely to have a positive birth experience.
VBAC Preparation can take place at your home or mine and will take a minimum of three hours.