Feeling supported through mothering, in all aspects from pregnancy, birth and beyond, is important. It is the most fundamental of beginnings, for mother and baby, and as such deserves the utmost care and nurturing.
This is where the role of the doula comes in, to facilitate and protect this process, to mother the mother.
I believe deeply in the power of supporting mothers and their families, not just for the families themselves, but for the benefit of all.
I work around South Cambridgeshire, Cambridge, South and West Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds, North Essex, and sometimes beyond.
As a birth doula, I show up in whichever ways support you best. I can be a supporter, an advocate, a companion to hold you and your partner's hand as you transition through this life altering event. I will hold your space, keep those hours after birth as sacred as possible, and allow you to guide birth in the direction you want.
I am keenly aware, as a mother who birthed a child herself, that all birth is special and valid, no matter how or where.
My role usually begins with a minimum of two antenatal sessions, in which I take your lead in discussing birth and the postnatal period. I will offer additional support throughout your pregnancy, with antenatal appointments etc, should you need. I will then be on call around the time of your due date, ready to come and support you at any point in your labour.
Birth packages from £550
As a postnatal doula, my ultimate goal is to leave you at the end of our time together, feeling like you have no need for me at all. New parenthood is a big change, whether it's your first baby or fifth, and I want to be that extra bit of encouragement, pair of hands or nurturing presence in your home that helps you transition as smoothly as possible.
What that support looks like is entirely up to you; anything from a helping hand with other children, to washing up or providing nourishing meals.
POSTNATAL SUPPORT FROM £16/hour
I am currently a mentored doula, which means that any work I undertake is signed off by my mentor, and you will be part of that process should you choose to work with me. This does mean my fees are lower than that of recognised doulas.