Holding Space

Holding Space sessions offer women the opportunity to talk to skilled doulas who will listen, hold space, and provide holistic, tailored support.
They can be standalone appointments, or can form part of a larger package of support, depending on your needs.

How does it work?

Two doulas 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 was discussed, and any useful resources.

At the moment all Holding Space sessions are taking place over Zoom or similar.

It be may be that you would like to continue with our support in one of our longer term packages, and we would be more than happy to discuss this.

Birth Doula Support
With Women
Postnatal Doula Support

Gif showing women lifting each other upWhat 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 spoken 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 not project our experiences onto yours.

  • disappointing or traumatic experiences surrounding pregnancy, birth, loss, the postpartum period, and fertility issues

  • preparing to get pregnant

  • conscious conception

  • 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

Where can we meet?

At the moment all Holding Space sessions are taking place over Zoom or similar.

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.

Fees

The cost for a 1.5 hour consultation with two doulas including a follow-up email is £75. We are able to offer full and partial funding for this service if the cost is prohibitive.

How do I book?

You can book a session or find out more by messaging us through Facebook, or by emailing us.