Holding Space is a new service which offers women the opportunity to talk to skilled doulas who will listen, hold space and offer support that is right for them and their needs.
It can also be known as short term doulaing, bringing the practical and emotional support of doulas beyond the usual birth doula relationship.
How does it work?
Elle and Lauren will spend up to 1.5 hours with each woman individually, offering physical, emotional and educational support. Afterwards we will email you a follow-up with a summary of what we discussed, any useful resources and next steps to further support you on this journey.
It be may be that you would like us to continue our support with one of our longer term packages and we would be more than happy to discuss this.
Where can we meet?
Home Community Cafe, Didsbury
We have the use of ‘The Living Room’ in this warm, child-friendly community cafe in South Manchester every Friday. The room is private and comfortable, with toys for little ones if they’ll be joining us.
Alexandra Park, Whalley Range
Every Thursday we are offering ‘Walk & Talk’ sessions in the beautiful Alexandra Park. We will offer the same emotional and educational support but rather than sitting indoors, we’ll be chatting as we stroll around the park. It can be incredibly grounding to do this work in nature and the sessions are particularly great for women who have little ones who prefer to be outside and on the move.
We may be able to meet in other locations so do contact us if neither of these days and times work for you.
What does it mean to hold space?
Holding space for you first of all means we listen, and no feelings are too big or messy or complicated to share with us. We hold you in a safe, spacious container of compassion and caring so you can lean into your feelings and be curious, knowing that we’re here for you no matter what.
We won’t tell you what to do and we don’t come with our own ideas about what you might need.
When we hold space we are completely present with you and your situation, walking alongside you and sharing your journey wherever it may lead. We will not judge you, and we will listen with unconditional positive regard to whatever you have to say.
What kinds of things can I talk about during a session?
That’s completely up to you. You can use our time together to discuss anything you like, in confidence.
We want you to feel safe, in control, and cared for.
Below are topics that women have spoke about during these sessions so far but we are not limited to these themes and are open to discussing anything that is on your mind. You can be honest with us, and we will never judge you.
disappointing or traumatic experiences surrounding pregnancy, birth, loss, the postpartum period, and fertility issues
preparing to get pregnant
difficult feelings around loss, fertility, maternity experiences
hopes and fears for an upcoming birth
what to expect in the fourth trimester
writing your birth plan
The cost for a 1.5 hour consultation with two doulas including a follow-up email is £70. We are able to offer full and partial funding for this service if the cost is prohibitive.