Practical support in the early weeks

Feeling overwhelmed with all the extra responsibility...

Not sure how to balance your new baby with the needs of your older children...

Family don't live nearby, or you are not close with them...

Having twins or triplets and want all the help you can get...

Caz wearing a month old baby in a teal stretchy wrap.

A postpartum doula provides you with sensitive and compassionate support in your home during the early weeks and months. Feel nurtured as your nurture your baby, be confident in your decisions, and enjoy your early parenthood!

Sound good? Read on for more information or...

What's life like with a postpartum doula?

Well, each time that I support you will be different, although it will probably always start with a cuppa and a chat to see how you're doing.

But the kind of support I provide to each family will be different; for one person I might be giving intense breastfeeding support, for another I might be wearing the baby and making dinner while the older kids get bathed, and for a third I might spend an evening on the sofa cuddling the baby while their parents have a nap.

As your postpartum doula, some things that I could do that you might find useful include:

  • non-judgemental adult company
  • supporting breastfeeding (positioning, attachment, how breastfeeding works)
  • supporting mixed or formula feeding
  • facilitating accessing donor breastmilk
  • looking after your baby while you have a nap, have a bath/shower, or eat a meal
  • figuring out babywearing
  • cooking meals, batch cooking, prepping ingredients for future meals
  • washing up and light tidying/cleaning
  • assisting with older children within the house
  • accompanying you to medical appointments or support groups in the local area

Hold up, what's the difference between a postnatal doula and a postpartum doula?

Well the two terms are largely used interchangably, and I use both throughout my writing because in the UK people are more familiar with the term postnatal doula. However, postpartum doula is the more appropriate term, and that is because of the meanings of the words:

Postnatal

Natal is refers to the baby.
After they are born, the baby is
in their postnatal period.

Postpartum

Partum refers to the mother/birthing person. After they have given birth they are in the postpartum period.

Choose your support package

I offer three packages which vary in length and price according to how much support you think you might need during the postnatal/postpartum period.

Postnatal/postpartum doula services are available in: Bradford, West Leeds, Halifax, Dewsbury, Shipley and nearby areas. More details.

With block bookings you can also borrow items from my library.

Ad-hoc support - £18/hr

  • One-off or ongoing support whenever you like
  • Great for when you are not sure how much support you want and when
  • Great for when you want support on a specific issue
  • Payments are due the evening before the session
  • Minimum booking time: 2 hours

10 hour block - £165

  • A block of 10 hours of postnatal support, paid in advance, saving you £15 overall
  • Makes a great baby gift!
  • The ten hours must be used within a month of making payment/baby's birth date (whichever is latest), but can be divided up however you wish
  • Minimum booking time: 2 hours
  • Block bookings are non-refundable, even if you don't use all the hours

20 hour block - £300*

  • A block of 20 hours of postnatal support, paid in advance, saving you £60 overall
  • Makes a great baby gift!
  • The twenty hours must be used within 2 months of making payment/baby's birth date (whichever is latest), but can be divided up however you wish
  • Minimum booking time: 2 hours
  • Block bookings are non-refundable, even if you don't use all the hours

*20 hour block available with the
Platinum Birth Package

The next steps...

When you contact me, let me know your EDD and location. Sometimes I am unavailable or the distance is prohibitive. Either way I will reply to you within three days.

We will arrange a mutually convenient time for me to visit you at your home to see whether or not we click, talk about what your support needs are and how we might work together, and iron out any potential difficulties. FAQ about overlapping clients.

If you decide you want to book, you will need to complete a booking form and send your first payment for me to mark a rough start date in my diary.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will you come into hospital if I have to stay there for a long time after the birth? Or if my baby has to stay in for some reason?

Yes, I will visit you in hospital, repeatedly if needs be, if you or your baby are required to stay in for an extended length of time.

Do you have a DBS?

No. Unfortunately, there is no facility for doulas to apply for a DBS check by themselves - it has to be done by a sponsoring company or employer.

Are you trained in first aid?

I have been in the past, but not recently, and the certificates expire after three years.

A pediatric first aid training course is on my CPD shopping list.

Can I spread the payments out?

No. Ad-hoc sessions must be paid for on the day they are booked.
Block bookings must be paid for in full by the time the first session begins.

What areas do you cover?

I cover areas within a 30-40 minute drive from my house which is in South Bradford.

This means I will travel as far as Keighley, Otley, Headingley, Central Leeds, Beeston, North and West Wakefield, Dewsbury, Batley, North Huddersfield, Elland, Halifax, Queensbury, Denholme, Cullingworth, and areas between.

If you are not sure if I cover your area, please get in touch.

How does this fit with your other work, being on-call etc?

I can support more than one family at once. I may have other postpartum work booked in, or I may have a birth client booked. If there is any overlap I will let you know when we meet and we will talk about how that may affect my supporting you. If I get called to a birth then that will take priority, but I will always keep in touch with updates.

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