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!
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:
decrease in the risk of Cesarean
decrease in the baby’s risk of a low five minute Apgar score
increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth
decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief; the type of person providing continuous support did not make a difference
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
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.
£45 single session
£255 6 sessions
£320 8 sessions
£380 10 sessions
(each session lasts about 2hours)
These sessions can be online or in person in Belfast or surroundings (contact me to confirm your location).
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 whenever you need me and stay up to 2h after birth. I will also visit you twice 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.
Support In person (Belfast Area, Northern Ireland)
On call 24/7 from 38weeks
Support you through labour and birth + 2hours after baby is born
2 postnatal visits (about 2hours each)
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
2 postnatal sessions (about 2hours each)
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
Helping around the house
Light Grocery shopping
£25 single hour
£240 10 hours support
£330 15 hours support
£350 20 hours support
This support can be online or in person in Belfast or surroundings
(contact me to confirm your location).
These prices are only a reference.
I am happy to barter or exchange of services in kind, as well as support you though Doula UK Access Fund.
Get in touch and we can arrange the perfect support that's right for you