top of page
IMGS9873.JPG

My main goal as a doula is to help you feel as safe and comfortable as possible, and, even more importantly, work with you to build your self-confidence regarding giving birth. As a Doula I support all types of families through their own journeys into and throughout parenthood, I am here to support you.
This support can be in person if you are in Belfast, Northern Ireland or surrounding (contact me to check your location) or via online if you are in any other part of the world.
I am pretty flexible in terms of my work as this can be: a couple of antenatal sessions online, to a more in-depth face to face meetings to discuss birth and postnatal plans; or just some practical support postnatally right after birth or a couple months into parenthood – you name it!

Doula Services

Why you should have a Doula

"There are several reasons why we think doulas are so effective. The first reason is the “harsh environment” theory. In most developed countries, ever since birth moved out of the home and into the hospital, labouring people are frequently submitted to institutional routines, high intervention rates, staff who are strangers, lack of privacy, bright lighting, and needles."*

 

Scientific Evidence shows that doulas could decrease the relative risk on the following:

39%

decrease in the risk of Cesarean

38%

decrease in the baby’s risk of a low five minute Apgar score

15%

increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth

10%

decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief; the type of person providing continuous support did not make a difference

31%

decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience; mothers’ risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience was reduced with continuous support provided by a doula or someone in their social network (family or friend), but not hospital staff

minutes shorter labours

41

Pregnancy Support

Pregnancy Doula - Ânia Freitas Belfast

As a doula I hope to be a source of comfort, encouragement, humour and information during your pregnancy and birth journey. Whether you are planning a home birth, a hospital birth or if you haven’t decided yet, I will help you by providing information (based on scientific evidence) to help you and your partner (if you have one) making informed decisions about the journey that makes more sense for you. I am also here to respect your decisions and support you.

Through these sessions we will discuss different topics about pregnancy, childbirth, and postnatal care to help you to understand the birth physiology and the normal procedures in the different scenarios.  I believe that by having this information based in evidence throughout your journey is a great way to reduce any fears or anxieties that you might have.

Pregnancy Doula - Ânia Freitas Belfast

Birth Support

Birth Doula - Ânia Freitas Belfast

I totally believe that our bodies know exactly what to do, when comes to birth, is no different, and you are the best person to know what to do and when. I am only here to be your birth guardian, to make sure: that all your decisions are always respected; that your partner is calm and connected with you and baby and I will be there to help you in any practical way.

I will be on call 24/7 from 38 weeks until the baby is born. I will be coming over or jumping in a call whenever you need me and stay up to 2h after birth. I will also visit you in-person or online postnatally to make you feel heard and understood, validated and encouraged, and inspired and grounded to embrace the new life unfolding in and around you.

Birth Doula - Ânia Freitas Belfast

Postnatal Support

Postnatal Doula - Ânia Freitas Belfast

I want to make sure you are fed, rested and healing and make you feel heard and understood, validated and encouraged, and inspired and grounded to embrace the new life unfolding in and around you.

How this support looks like:

  • Caring for your new baby or any siblings while you catch up on sleep

  • Breast or bottle feeding support

  • Help at bath time

  • Emotional support or just someone to talk to

  • Walking the dog

  • Cooking

  • Helping around the house

  • Light Grocery shopping

Postnatal Doula - Ânia Freitas Belfast

IN-PERSON

Pregnancy Support Package 

£400

this package includes:

  • 5 prenatal sessions* to prepare for your birth and postpartum. These will be customised to your needs and desires after a brief consultation. 

  • Phone support until 2 weeks postpartum

  • 1 postnatal visit in the comfort of your own home

 

Payment plans are available with a 35% retainer (non-refundable) upon contract signing

*each session lasts about 2hours

Pregnancy Doula - Ânia Freitas Belfast

Pregnancy Power Session 

£55

this package includes:

  • 1 prenatal session* to discuss a specific topic about pregnancy, birth or postpartum. This will be customised to your needs and desires after a brief consultation. 

 

*each session lasts about 2hours

Pregnancy Doula - Ânia Freitas Belfast

Full Birth Support Package

£1,100

this package includes:

  • 4 prenatal sessions* to prepare for your birth and postpartum. These will be customised to your needs and desires after a brief consultation. 

  • Phone and WhatsApp support until 6 weeks postpartum

  • On call 24/7 from 38weeks

  • Support you through labour and birth + 2hours after baby is born

  • 21 hours Postnatal support. Doing the messages like grocery shopping, meal preparation for the family (ingredients need to be provided), light housework, and breastfeeding support, caring for your baby while you get some rest, or even caring for older siblings so you have freedom to bond with your newborn. visits are broken into a minimum of3 hours

 

Payment plans are available with a 35% retainer (non-refundable) upon contract signing

*each session lasts about 2hours

Birth Doula - Ânia Freitas Belfast

Birth Support Package

£750

this package includes:

  • 4 prenatal sessions* to prepare for your birth and postpartum. These will be customised to your needs and desires after a brief consultation. 

  • Phone and WhatsApp support until 6 weeks postpartum

  • On call 24/7 from 38weeks

  • Support you through labour and birth + 2hours after baby is born

  • 1 Postnatal visit 

 

Payment plans are available with a 35% retainer (non-refundable) upon contract signing

*each session lasts about 2hours

Birth Doula - Ânia Freitas Belfast

Last Minute Birth Support Package

£515

this package includes:

  • 1 prenatal session* to understand what are your birth preferences and get to know each other. 

  • Phone and WhatsApp support until 6 weeks postpartum

  • On call 24/7 from 38weeks

  • Support you through labour and birth + 2hours after baby is born

  • 1 Postnatal visit

 

Payment plans are available with a 35% retainer (non-refundable) upon contract signing

*each session lasts about 2hours

Birth Doula - Ânia Freitas Belfast

Postnatal Support Package

£500

this package includes:

  • Phone and WhatsApp support for 6 weeks from the beginning of contract

  • 21 hours Postnatal support. Doing the messages like grocery shopping, meal preparation for the family (ingredients need to be provided), light housework, breastfeeding support, caring for your baby while you get some rest, or even caring for older siblings so you have freedom to bond with your newborn. visits are broken into a minimum of 3 hours block.

 

Payment plans are available with a 35% retainer (non-refundable) upon contract signing

Postnatal Doula - Ânia Freitas Belfast

ONLINE SUPPORT

Pregnancy Support Package

£300

this package includes:

  • 5 prenatal sessions* to prepare for your birth and postpartum. These will be customised to your needs and desires after a brief consultation. 

  • Phone support until 2 weeks postpartum

  • 1 postnatal session
     

Payment plans are available with a 35% retainer (non-refundable) upon contract signing

*each session lasts about 2hours

Pregnancy Doula - Ânia Freitas Belfast

Birth Support Package

£450

this package includes:

  • 4 prenatal sessions* to prepare for your birth and postpartum. These will be customised to your needs and desires after a brief consultation. 

  • Phone and WhatsApp support until 6 weeks postpartum

  • On call 24/7 from 38weeks

  • Support you throughout your whole labour and birth or dip in and out depending on how you and your birth partner choose to make use of my support

  • 1 Postnatal session

 

Payment plans are available with a 35% retainer (non-refundable) upon contract signing

*each session lasts about 2hours

Birth Doula - Ânia Freitas Belfast

Power Hour

£35

this package includes:

1 hour video call via Zoom or WhatsApp to discuss any of the following

  • Hopes or worries about birth/postpartum

  • Advocating for yourself or your partner

  • Birthing in the system.

  • Your antenatal options

  • Debriefing a particular appointment/scenario

  • Breastfeeding support

  • Infant sleep

  • The role of the birth partner

  • Navigating a tricky postpartum

  • Anything else you like

Pregnancy Doula - Ânia Freitas Belfast
Postnatal Doula - Ânia Freitas Belfast
IMGS9834.JPG

Please reach out if  the price of my doula services are holding you back from seeking the support you need. I am here with open arms to chat about your individual situation and collaborate to ensure you can receive the help you deserve, even if it involves adjusting the cost, or create a payment plan.

I am happy to barter or exchange of services in kind, as well as support you though Doula UK Access Fund.

Let's have a chat to ensure you can receive the doula support you deserve!

bottom of page