BIRTH DOULA SERVICES
So what is a doula?
A doula is a trained support person who can offer you continuous support throughout your pregnancy, birth and postnatally. A doula can help you prepare for your birth and then be there to support you during that process. Having prepared with you, they already know your needs which means during labour they can protect your space and help your birth partner liaise with your care provider to ensure these needs are met. They will already know your birth preferences inside out and understand any previous birth history which may impact your experience.
Hiring a doula is an investment in your health and wellbeing at the most pivotal time in your life. A doula is a trained guide.
A common anology is that giving birth without a doula is like climbing Mount Everest without a sherpa.
Sherpas are expert mountaineers. They know the terrain. They have special skills they have honed with experience. They are guides that help lead people through both expected and unexpected challenges.
A doula knows the language and terrain of the birth world. They also have special skills learned through training and experience. They can help you navigate both expected and unexpected challenges.
To understand what a doula does, it might help to think of my doula services broken down:
Your initial consultation is completely free with no obligation. If I am not the right fit for you I can help you find another doula who is.
If you choose to engage me as your doula we would have at least 8 hours of one to one support in your pregnancy, in person or by Zoom.
Depending on what stage of pregnancy you book in with me, this would usually be in the form of up to 4 meetings of 2 hours to discuss your plan for your birth and for me to get to know you, your family and your home if you are planning a homebirth
Unlimited contact by text or phone to support you and guide you on your journey or maybe debrief your antenatal appointments. If I can help you with anything related to your pregnancy or birth I will. I can send you resources, direct you to videos and lend you books.
Up to 28 days on call for you only. I will go “on call” for you from 38 weeks. This means that during this time, I will be on the end of the phone, I will not go more than an hour away from Edinburgh and I will be available to come to your birth at any time of day or night.
Support in your birth
Labour lengths vary hugely. What we do know is that being comfortable, relaxed and having a doula can make your labour quicker (Cochrane). You may only want me there when your contractions become powerful enough that you need my support. You may want me there from the moment you decide to go to a care centre. We can discuss all of this in our meetings.
2 hour postnatal debrief.
I will come to your home to check in on you and your baby, bringing any postnatal supplies you might nee and to chat through your birth and your feelings around it. If required, I can direct you to other specialist service likes lactation consultants, specific postnatal medical care and postnatal phsyios etc.
Investment I need to support you in this way from you and your birthing supporters: £900.
Every mother and every birth is different. This is a rough guide of where my time goes but it maybe that we meet more in your pregnancy and your labour is short. Or maybe its your third child and you fly through pregnancy with no time but you require more assistance just as you realise this baby is coming and you don’t feel ready. I’m here to support you in a way that meets your needs.
The research shows that continuous support in labour can:
- Increase in spontaneous vaginal birth (12% increase)
- Result in a shorter labours
- Decrease in the risk of newborn being admitted to a special care nursery (14% reduction)
- Reduce risk of Caesarean birth (28% less caesareans)
- Reduce risk of instrumental birth
- Reduce need for painkillers or epidural during birth (9% decrease)
- Reduce rate of induction of labour (31% less)
- Decrease in pain experienced in labour
✨Most importantly to me, women are less likely to report negative feelings about their childbirth experience ✨.