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Birth doula support

  • 2 x in-person antenatal planning and preparation sessions

  • WhatsApp group throughout your pregnancy for you, your partner and me

  • On-call for your birth from 39 weeks

  • Attendance at your birth

  • In-person post-natal visit

  • 7am-9pm WhatsApp support for the first fortnight after your baby arrives

  • 50% discount on personalised hypnobirthing (£262.50, discounted from £575)

  • Personalised birth planning

  • Credible resources and sign-posting to information and specialist support

 

I may be the right doula for you if you’re looking for pragmatic, realistic support to help you to have the right birth for you on the day – A Good Birth, that you can look back on brimful of pride and happiness.

 

As an experienced doula and maternity researcher, I know how birth works, I know how the system works, and I know the factors that make birth ‘Good’, however it happens. I can support your birth preparation and planning with credible reading and resources, tactics and strategies. I’ll help you explore your options and preconceptions, aspirations and anxieties so you can create your own completely unique and personalised birth plan.

 

Most importantly, you get continuity of carer* from me all the way through your pregnancy, from the first inklings that labour may have begun through your birth, and in the first fortnight getting to know your new baby. This is something that many, many women say is important to them, but just isn’t available through the NHS.  Continuity of carer* – or being supported by the same person through your pregnancy and birth – means that once we’ve begun our relationship you don’t have to repeat yourself and you don’t have to explain yourself. We develop a trusting relationship and move through your pregnancy and birth together, with a shared understanding of what matters to you and which options are appropriate for you.

 

To read testimonials from some of the women I’ve supported, click here

To contact me to arrange a Zoom call to find out more, click here

* I am not a clinician or medically trained in any way, so I cannot undertake any assessment of your health or the health of your baby, and I cannot make recommendations or give medical advice.

Birth doula support
Newborn Baby

Pocket doula

  • 2 x antenatal planning and preparation sessions (in-person or via Zoom)

  • WhatsApp group throughout your pregnancy for you, your partner and me

  • On-call for your birth from 39 weeks, and available to support you via WhatsApp and phone  through your labour

  • Post-natal visit (in-person or via Zoom)

  • 7am-9pm WhatsApp support for the first fortnight after your baby arrives

  • 50% discount on personalised hypnobirthing (£262.50, discounted from £575)

  • Personalised birth planning

  • Credible resources and sign-posting to information and specialist support

 

Not every woman feels that she wants a doula to support her during birth, but pretty much everyone values the care and experience that doula’s can bring during pregnancy, early labour and the early days with your new baby.

 

We had no choice but to develop the ‘Pocket Doula’ option during COVID (when we were no longer able to support our clients in person), and we found it was much more helpful than we could have imagined. Pocket Doula support gives you all the insight, experience and care you would get with a birth doula, including a 3wk on-call period around your due dates. Although I won’t be present at your birth, I’ll be a message or a call away to encourage and reassure, answer questions and offer suggestions.

 

This option also means I can support you if you are outside Kent.

 

To read testimonials from some of the women I’ve supported, click here

To contact me to arrange a Zoom call to find out more, click here

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Bespoke Hypnobirthing
£525

  • 9hours of hypnobirthing preparation, tailored to you (in-person or via Zoom)

  • 5 x Calm Birth School hypnobirthing MP3s

  • Personalised birth planning

  • Credible resources and sign-posting to information and specialist support

 

Hypnobirthing isn’t magic. It isn’t a silver bullet, or a guaranteed way to have a particularly type of birth in a particular place. However, it is a brilliant way to prepare for labour and an excellent coping skill.

 

I used the Mongan Method when I was pregnant with my children, then trained with the Wise Hippo and now use the Calm Birth School materials. You’ll receive the 5x Calm Birth School MP3s, and you can buy the Calm Birth Method book from Bookshop.org  (which means you can nominate an independent bookshop to receive the profits, I suggest the Sevenoaks Bookshop). During this course we’ll talk about how you can optimise the naturally occurring hormones in your body to ease the sensations of labour, and keep yourself (and your partner) calm and connected throughout. As an experienced doula I can recommend practical ways to use these skills during labour, however it progresses.

 

To read testimonials from some of the women I’ve supported, click here

To contact me to find out more, click here

Bespoke hypnobirthing
Personalised birth planning

Personalised birth planning
£180 per two hour session
£80 per follow up session

  • Two-hour birth planning session in-person, or via Zoom

  • Review of your birth plan and practical suggestions

 

You’ve done all the reading. You’ve attended NCT or Bump to Baby classes. You’ve been to the pregnancy yoga classes and you’re on first-name-terms with your hypnobirthing MP3s. Now how do you put that all together to make a sensible, realistic, and clear birth plan?

 

Or, perhaps this baby will be a sibling, and you’d like a ‘refresher’ and to reflect on what you’ve learnt during your ‘Childbirth Career’.

 

In this session (or sessions) we’ll talk about what birth planning is and how it’s different to a birth plan. We’ll review how birth plans came about in the first place, and what they are intended to achieve. We’ll look at your particular circumstances – including where you hope to have your baby, your aspirations and anxieties, and what’s going on in maternity around you – to knit together planning that reassures you and your partner, and write a birth plan that midwives and medics will understand and want to work with.

 

Sessions can take place in your home (within 30min drive of Sevenoaks), or via Zoom (wherever you are in the UK).

 

If things change for you in the final weeks and days of your pregnancy you can ‘bolt-on’ extra sessions to adapt your planning for £80 each (in-person or via Zoom).

 

To read testimonials from some of the women I’ve supported, click here

To contact me to arrange a Zoom call to find out more, click here

Personalised birth planning
Caesarean birth planning
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Caesarean birth planning
£180 per two hour session
£80 per follow up session

  • Two-hour caesarean birth planning session in-person, or via Zoom

  • Practical advice to make your baby’s Birth Day a special one

  • Caesarean recovery advice

  • Hypnobirthing for Caesarean birth

 

All birth days are special, and your caesarean birth is no different. In these sessions I’ll help you prepare confidently and positively for your caesarean birth. We’ll discuss what the day itself might be like and ways to put your and your baby right in the centre of it. I’ll help you to write your own Caesarean Birth Plan, and include hypnobirthing skills that keep you and your partner calm, centred and connected and bonded with your baby.

 

To read testimonials from some of the women I’ve supported, click here

To contact me to arrange a Zoom call to find out more, click here

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