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Doula Services

What is a Doula?

 

A Doula is a professional birth coach who focuses on supporting the birthing person physically and emotionally.  A Doula will ensure parents have access to relevant information and research to enable them to make informed choices about pregnancy and birth.  A Doula supports partners to feel more involved, if they wish, and continues support after birth to help the family adjust.

DONA International states that a Doula is "a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible".

What are the benefits of hiring a Doula?

Doula support will help you understand what can happen during birth and build your understanding and confidence. Research shows that birthing people who are supported by a Doula are more likely to have a spontaneous birth, have less intervensions and are more likely to feel satisfied with their birth experience.  They are also more likely to breastfeed successfully, if they choose to.

As a Doula, how will you support my partner and I to have the birth we would like? 

 

I will support you with scientific research about pregnancy, birth and baby care to empower you to make informed choices.  Whichever package you choose, I will support you emotionally as well as offering practical solution and support.

 

What outcomes can I expect from working with you?

 

You will trust your body to carry and birth your baby without fear, and feel empowered you to use your voice to advocate for yourself.  You will understand common interventions and what your options are.  You will feel confident to make choices aobut your birth.

 

What packages do you offer?

 

I offer a variety of Doula packages to suit your needs and budget.  My packages are detailed below and include antenatal only, postnatal only and full birth support.   If you're not sure which package is right for you, choose a FREE initial consultation to discuss the options. Before purchasing packages, please contact me to check availability.  See below for package details. 

I suggest attending antenatal classes before your Doula package begins.  This will mean that you will be familiar with some of the subjects we discuss and may already have some ideas about your preferences.

In addition to my Doula services, I also offer pregnany yoga, postnatal yoga, and restorative yoga classes.

CHARLIE

Doula & Birth Educator

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I'm a qualified Birth Doula and Birth Educator.  Before becoming a Doula I worked as a Montessori Teacher and a Nanny, including Maternity Nanny roles, supporting mothers during pregnancy and the postnatal period.  I have over 25 years experience working with children and families.  Read more on our About page.

"Pregnancy is a time of joy, but can also be a time of feeling overwhelmed, confused by conflicting advice and can sometimes be worrying for parents.  Whether this is your first baby or your fifth, as a qualified Doula, I can improve your experience of pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period.  I am here to offer you and your partner information which supports your parenting philosophy and choices, to offer emotional support and practical support where needed".  Charlie

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At Nurture Well-being, we offer package options to support you on your journey as a new parent.

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Prenatal Doula Support

My prenatal package consisits of three live online support sessions.  We will discuss choices around your birth, how your partner or birth partner can support you and how you can prepare for birth during your pregnancy. Creating your birth plan and postnatal plan. You will be resourced with the information you need to make informed choices about aspects of your birth such as pain relief and cord clamping.  These visits will include techniques to help you manage labour.

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Full Doula

Birth Support

My Birth Doula package consistes of my Prenatal Doula Support package, plus discussion on how I will support you during birth.  Comfort measures, breathing exercises, choices about birth.  Creating your birth plan and postnatal plan. Virtual attendance at the birth, nurturing emotional suppor, reassurance and support advocating for yourself.  Can be via phone or video call.  Also includes my Postnatal support package, covering recovery after birth, feeding and care of your newborn.

Newborn Baby

Postnatal Doula Support

My Postnatal package consists of two 1 hour sessions.  We will cover adjusting to a new baby, emotions, rest and practical help.  Support with feeding, helping siblings adjust and talking through the birth experience, if this is something you wish to do.  Supporting you to become the parent you want to be.

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Additional Doula Support

Add on additional 1 hour live online virtual visit, or home visit, if local (covid allowing).

Not sure whether a Doula service is right for you, or which package to choose?  Book a free consultation to meet me, learn more about what a Doula can offer, ask questions and discuss your needs.

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