You're pregnant and you've made it here. But what is a doula, and what do they do?

You've heard people mentioning doulas but you're not really sure what they are.

Like a nanny? Or wannabe midwives?

How does this relate to you?

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You're not sure what to do...

  • have a termination
  • ask around for guidance from friends and family
  • have an induction? What about an epidural? So many options!
  • what things do we need to buy?
  • how will your older kids cope?
  • what about afterwards? How will you find being a parent?
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Knowing where to go from here can be daunting.

If you're a first time parent, how do you navigate through the next steps? Who do you get in touch with? What can you expect?

If you've already had a baby, how can you make sure you have a better experience than last time?

Let me lay those concerns to rest!

My promise to you...

As your doula, I will find out what you need to feel supported, and do my best to help you get it.

I work directly for you and not for the NHS. That means my only focus is on your wellbeing, your wishes, your needs.

I will never make decisions for you or tell you what to do. I will provide you with evidence-based information in order that you can make the decisions that are right for you. I can make suggestions for planning and preparing, but will never give you advice and will always be guided by your choices.

I will walk with you on your journey for as long as you want me to, meaning you are never alone.

Doula support is...

Compassionate

A sensitive and caring approach regardless of your circumstances

Client Led

Support is guided by your specific needs at all times

Confidential

Your feelings and concerns will not be shared without your permission

Don't just take my word for it!

Caz supported me and encouraged me when I felt down, she laughed with me when I felt high, she was just everything I could wish for.

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Lenka

2018

Never did Caz tell us what to do or lead us down her own opinion. She provided us with the available evidence and acted as a sounding board.

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Helen

2019

It was great to have someone I could talk with over a cup of tea and ask all the questions I may have felt worried about asking elsewhere, and to be able to be completely honest about my thoughts and fears without facing any judgement.

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Lydia

2016

I didn't see the same midwife for my appointments, I had no trust in anyone. But I knew that Caz and my husband would be there for me. This made it all ok. Slowly my anxiety levels dropped and I started to look forward to meeting our baby.

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Amy

2015

What's the next step?

Doula support can be broken down into four types, although in reality the lines between them are blurred.

I offer antenatal, birth, postnatal and full-spectrum doula support. Click on the links below to read more about each one!

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Support throughout pregnancy, labour and birth. Several different packages available to suit all families and their specific needs - tailor your perfect support!

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Practical support provided in your home from birth until your baby is several months old.

Ad-hoc or block bookings available.

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For those facing difficult reproductive circumstances, such as termination or late miscarriage. Can also be extended to medical appointments such as smear tests.

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Single appointments to discuss specific issues during pregnancy, or ongoing support throughout, including complete antenatal education. No birth cover.