Doula

Since the beginning of time, women and birthing people have been cared for and nurtured as they become mothers and parents. During those tender early weeks and months of life with a new baby, people from the community - family, friends, neighbours - would surround them with support, wisdom, love and guidance. And a Doula's role is exactly that. 


"If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it." - Dr John Kennell

Research shows that people who use a birth doula are:
- less likely to need induction
- less likely to have a caesarean birth
- less likely to use any pain medication
- more likely to rate their childbirth experience positively


As your Doula I will get to know you and your birth partner, if you have one, to find out what your hopes and expectations are. You will benefit from my continuous emotional, physical and practical support during pregnancy, labour, birth and the early days of parenthood. You will be supported with your choices about birth and be able to draw on my knowledge and experience, providing you with suggestions and information to help you make informed decisions. My aims are for you to feel relaxed and confident, to ease the emotional experience of birth, to provide you with comfort, to protect your birth space so that the hormones of labour can work at their best, and support your birth wishes and parenting choices. My services will be individually tailored to meet your needs so that you are able to birth your baby however you feel is best for you. 

I live in Hitchin in North Herts and provide birth doula support to families across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Milton Keynes and Essex.

BIRTH DOULA SUPPORT



  • Complimentary initial consultation.
  • Two antenatal visits to discuss your preferences and intentions for your birth and the early days of parenthood and to talk about any concerns you may have. You will be supported with exploring your options and preferences for birth and drawing up your birth plan.
  • As well as these visits you will have unlimited support via phone/email/WhatsApp to answer any questions you might have during your pregnancy, early labour, and early postpartum period.
  • On-call availability from 38-42 weeks until your baby is safely in your arms. I will do everything I can to be with you if you go into labour outside of the scheduled "on call" times.
  • You will benefit from continuous emotional and practical support throughout your labour and birth. I can support from the very beginning at home and accompany you to hospital or birthing centre or remain with you for a home birth.
  • Use of aromatherapy essential oils if you wish.
  • One postnatal visit, to reflect on your birth experience, offer support, make you a cuppa and celebrate the birth of your baby.
  • A gift bag of nourishing and nurturing goodies.
  • 50% discount on the following services: Placenta EncapsulationBirth Photography, Hypnobirthing.

Investment: £725

To contact me about doula support for your pregnancy and birth please contact me using my  Birth Doula Enquiry Form


POSTNATAL DOULA SUPPORT


With a Doula by your side during the postpartum period, you will benefit from emotional and practical support, which is individually tailored to your needs. Here are some examples of what this might include: 



  • Taking care of your baby and/or other children so you can get some much needed rest.
  • Infant feeding support, for example: suggestions for breastfeeding, signposting to support groups and specialists, helping you learn how to make bottles of formula.
  • Signposting to guidance and support services, accompanying you to appointments, drop-ins, groups or simply keeping you company .
  • Light housework and/or meal preparation, freeing up your hands while you adjust to your new life with a baby.
  • A compassionate listening ear for anything you need to share.
  • Unlimited support via phone/email/WhatsApp.

I am guided by your needs and those of your family to support and encourage you to be the parent you want to be. 

Cost: £20 per hour, complimentary initial consultation.

I live in Hitchin in North Herts and provide postnatal doula support to families across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Milton Keynes and Essex.

My fees are lower than other Doulas as I am a mentored Doula working towards recognition with Doula UK. This means that you will benefit from having the wisdom and support of another, more experienced Doula behind me.


My name is Sian and I am a doula, birth photographer, placenta remedies specialist and hypnobirthing practitioner supporting clients across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Milton Keynes. If you're curious about how I can support you during your pregnancy, birth and postpartum you can get in touch here.