What is a doula?
Doula is an old Greek word meaning 'women who support women'.
The modern role of the doula appeared in the 1970's in America when it was realised how medical birth had become, interventions were on the increase. Women lacked much needed emotional an spiritual support. The word doula was then coined for the role of the support person giving emotional and spiritual support to a woman in labour.
Doula's provide continous emotional, physical, and spiritual support throughout your pregnancy, birth and in the early days as you adjust to becoming parents. Doulas do not have medical training but work alongside the midwife, as a team ensuring your experience is as positive and empowering for you as it can be. Doulas hold space for you, ensuring the environment you birth in is the best it can be.
Having a doula present at your birth can help to reduce medical intervention, reduce the risk of cesarean birth. Doula's can help increase natural birth, home birth, breast feeding.
Doula Support Offerings
'If a woman doesnt look like a goddess in labour, someone isnt treating her right'
Ina May Gaskin
On this page you will find a layout of seven different options for doula support;
Sacred Birth Support Doula Package,
Ten Moons Doula Support Package,
Sacred Motherhood Journey Support Package,
Double Doula Love Packages
Blue Moon Last Minute Doula Package,
Separate antenatal sessions, in person or via phone or skype, if you feel you need a little support but do not want my full doula support.
Fourth Trimester and beyond Postnatal Support Package.
Each of my packages are adaptable to suit your needs and wishes, as this is your journey to becoming parents and needs to suit you.
With my packages you will be able to borrow my books and DVD's that are available, as well as the use of my birth pool.
I also offer 25% discounts for returning families, and discounts on other services if you book one of my doula support packages.
If you have any further questions please feel free to get in touch, there is a contact form at the bottom of this page or you are welcome to give me a call.
♡ Sacred Doula Support Package ♡
My most popular service.
Basic Package £750
Emotional, spiritual, and physical support during your pregnancy, birth and in the early days.
This offer includes:
Four antenatal visits. These can include; writing birth wishes, rebozo techniques, birth preparation / support of the birth preparation of your choice, Meditations/ drum journey, sacred drum healing, talking about birth fear session, or a simple coffee or walk and chat out.
Options for borrowing my books, DVDs, and other materials.
Phone and email contact.
On call for you from two weeks before your earliest guess dates, and until you have your baby.
Four postpartum visits in the first forty days. This will include a birth debrief. Plus feeding support, a listening ear, postpartum healing, and any light tasks to help you ease into motherhood gently.
I also offer homeopathy, and herbal teas if you like to use them, I have foundation level training in both fields. (see my training in 'My Doula Journey' Page)
This is your package and will be suited to your needs and wishes. As your doula I will do my best to be as intuitive as I can to your needs and wishes throughout our journey together.
I always suggest a back up doula just in case life gets in the way of me attending your birth, which is rare but it is good to be prepared.
♡ Ten Moons Doula Offering ♡
"Before drug companies made gestation calculating wheels and gave them, with their brand name emblazoned on them, to all the doctors to use; Before ultrasonic scans were used to measure bone lengths of babies in the womb to match that with the length of the average and then estimate gestational age; Before electricity dominated the rhythms of our lives, when women ovulated on the full moon - a woman marked the progress of her pregnancy according to the turnings of the moon. Her baby would be born in the tenth moon from her last blood"
Jane Hardwicke Collings
This package is the same as 'Sacred Birth Doula' but working with the moon cycle and coming from a more shamanic perspective with added depth with your birth preparation, aiding your connection to your baby, your body, and your birth preparation touching on shamanic practices.
( I have developed skills over the years in training as a shamanic practitioner that I have carefully adapted for pregnancy and birth).
♡ Sacred Motherhood Journey Support Package ♡
This package offers the Ten Moon Support Package as well as extra ceremony and ritual.
♡ Double Doula Love ♡
£1000 (the cost can vary depending on your wishes from our support)
A bigger doula delight in which you get so much more doula love from two different doula's combining their skills, experience and services to provide you more support.
I have a good working relationship work with two doula's specifically whereby we have created a package between us. I am also happy to work with another doula of your choice too.
♡ Blue Moon Last Minute Offering ♡
If you need a doula last minute, up to a week before your birth is due, but have not yet booked one try me and see if I am available.
One antenatal session.
Being On call and Birth Support.
♡ One Off Sessions ♡
In person or online via skype
If you feel you may want extra support through your pregnancy or afterwards but do not want full birth support from a doula then this option is for you.
These one off sessions can include:
- Birth plan writing,
- Birth preparation support,
- Spinning babies session,
- Birth fear chat,
- Feeding support (although I am only a peer supporter),
- Postnatal birth debrief,
- Postnatal support at home or a listening ear.
- Shamanic Healing, Journey work.
I am quite adaptable.
♡ Fourth Trimester and Beyond Offering ♡
£15 per hour
Doula support within your first year postpartum. It took my a year to feel grounded following the birth of my fourth baby so I fully understand the call for help sometimes, and the struggle to ask for help that ebbs and wains. The first year is beautiful and we grow as much as our children in many ways but in our society it isnt always easy and many of us lack the support of our 'village'.
I can try to provide support that suits you. I can provide a listening ear, support around the home, feeding support, sign post and bring ideas, postpartum nurturing healing sessions.
Im adaptable to your needs, and I have found often mums find after a few sessions all they needed was someone to listen and help them feel empowered enough to move on.