Birth Doula

As your birth doulas, we will provide continuous support for you and your family throughout your pregnancy, birth, and the early days with your newborn.

Below is a general idea of what we can offer, but the care we provide is very much tailored to your individual needs, so it is really just a guide.

Pregnant woman holding her bumpInitial Meeting

We offer a free meeting where we can meet face to face (most likely over a cuppa!) to get to know each other a little more. There is no expectation at all, and we are happy to get together for a chat either at your home or a place of your choosing. During this initial meeting we might discuss your birth preferences, any previous pregnancy experiences, your expectations of a doula, and any other questions you might have. We understand how personal the decision of choosing your doula is, so the most important thing is to make sure we are a good fit and you can get a better feel for whether we are the right doulas for you.

Antenatal Meetings

If you choose us to be your doulas we will hopefully get to know you throughout your pregnancy by meeting in person and before your birth we offer unlimited antenatal meetings (although we are happy to meet as often or as little as you wish). During these visits we will learn more about any previous previous pregnancies and births, your expectations for this birth and how you envisage our role. The better we understand you wishes, the more prepared we will be to support you leading up to and during your birth. Ideally anyone who you want to be present at your birth (partner, mother, other children) would be at one or more of these sessions and we also offer a separate meeting with any other birthing partner(s), if they are open to this and can spare an hour or so. This really helps to all get to know each other and form a great team, giving you the support you deserve!
There is usually plenty of time to become more familiar with each other, but we will always leave the pace up to you. Just know that we are easily reachable, and interested in whatever you feel like sharing.

 

Three female doulas smilingPhone and email support

On top of our face to face visits, from the moment you book us we are available for support by text, email or phone. We can talk about anything at all; whatever is on your mind. Nothing need be too big or scary or silly or superficial to say aloud. We believe there to be great benefit in calling things by their names and bringing them to light. Holding space for whatever is going on for you is part of our responsibility as doulas, so feel free to ring, text or email at any time.

Lending Library

We have and extensive lending library with a variety of pregnancy and birth related resources that you are welcome to use as you wish, all we ask is that you return them when you are finished.

Pink telephone24/7 on call period

From two weeks before your guess date we will be on call for you. This means that during this time, we will stay close by and have solid childcare provisions in place so we can get to you within the hour to support you during your labour and birth, at any time, day or night. Once we are on call for you, we can of course continue to stay in touch and meet up as often as you wish.

Labour and birth support

Once you are in labour, we will join you whenever it is right for you and stay with you until after your baby is born. We can support you at home before heading to the hospital or birth centre, or in the case of a home birth be there to support you before the midwife arrives. From the moment we join you in labour, we will be there as a continuous emotional, physical and practical support in whatever capacity you need. After your baby is born, we will stay until you are all settled and happy for us to leave.

Postnatal follow-up

After your baby is born we offer a postnatal meeting, during which we might discuss your birth experience and chat about how you and your baby are doing. Some women like to do this almost immediately, while others prefer to leave it longer. We are happy leave it up to you to decide when you are ready.

After this meeting, the circle is closed but the bond we will have built is not severed. You can always get in touch if you want to chat or get together. Beyond this, extra postnatal hours can be booked for additional support in the weeks and/or months after your little one is born.

Our fees

Our fee for the above birth doula package is £1200.

As a community interest company, we are able to offer a fee reduction to the client in certain circumstances when we have funds available from grants that have been awarded to us.

We appreciate that our fee is perhaps towards the higher end of the going rate in our area, but we are confident that this reflects our level of commitment and our abilities, as well as the shared experience and knowledge we offer as a collective.

We wouldn’t want someone to go without a doula who wanted one and whilst we are not suggesting you need a doula, you do deserve one, so if cost seems prohibitive, we’re open to talking about it. We are can usually offer flexible payments plans and skills swaps too.

It’s also becoming more common for expectant parents to ask family who want to buy gifts or items for the baby, for a contribution toward hiring a doula instead. We now have a voucher system, as people are realising that the experience of how we are born is more important than stuff.

If you think we might be the right doulas for you, or you would like to chat more about how we might support you, please get in touch, we would love to hear from you!