Greater Manchester Doulas CIC operates uniquely. Our set up ensures a known and trusted doula for each woman, and makes doing the work sustainable for us as an organisation.
We became a CIC and learned to write funding bids to make our support available to women regardless of her income. We believe every woman deserves the benefits of having a doula, and we strive to remove the barriers to this support.
Far from being in this vocation because we love babies, it’s our passion for women and a longing for meaningful change in society that keeps us doing what we do.
We strive to be good listeners, we’re convinced of the benefits and impacts of doula support, and our roles are flexible depending on the needs of each woman, so we arrive at every meeting, and every birth, with open minds and hearts.
Part of what sets us apart from other doulas is how much we value the quality of the relationships we have with the birthing women we work with. We offer unlimited meetings during the antenatal period because we see you as a whole person, not just a woman having a baby. Outside of face-to-face meetings, you can contact any one of us about anything that is on your mind – we don’t judge, and we will hold space for whatever is going on for you with unconditional positive regard.
We are always ready to listen to you – the expert on your body, baby, and life. We will support you to trust your innate wisdom and intuition.
Our communication with women is often focused on their previous experiences, expectations for this birth, and how they envisage our role as doulas, but this is by no means it. We want to talk about anything that is on your mind because we know that all of your hopes and fears, not just the ones related to your pregnancy, can affect your birth.
We are often asked how our unrestricted way of working is sustainable, and it’s because we are a team that we can offer women this level of time and commitment. Antenatally we work in pairs, so that every woman gets the wisdom and experience of at least two skilled doulas, and the opportunity to form a relationship with each of us. As a collective we trust and support each other completely, and this allows us to bring this way of being to our roles as doulas too.
If you want to chat more about how we can support you, please get in touch!