VIRTUAL DOULA AND BIRTH PREPARATION SUPPORT
Never has extra prenatal support been so needed than during a time of a global pandemic.
You may find that your NHS services have been changed or reduced, perhaps you are no longer having face to face midwife appointments or you are choosing to stay away from hospitals at this time.
I can help you navigate this tricky time by virtual birth preparation support on zoom. At this time most hospitals have restricted birth partners to one due to infection control. However where appropriate doulas are still offering their support on the phone or on video call during labour. Additonally if your planned birth partner shows signs of Covid-19, they will not be able to join you in hospital. A doula can act as a birth partner should this happen, or perhaps if your family is self isolating and your partner needs to stay home with your children.
CHANGES TO YOUR MATERNITY CARE
During this stressful time, myself and 3 other doulas are running a weekly Zoom call to help answer any questions expectant mothers may have on the changes to maternity care and how this affects their rights and options. All birthing people are welcome in this group.
Please join the Facebook group for details of each weekly call (usually on a Thursday at 12pm)
In addition, as Doulas part of our role is to advocate for the rights of birthing people and make sure these rights are upheld, especially in times like these where they can be overlooked.
We are communicating with our Head of Midwifery for NHS Lothian and have also written to Scotland's Chief Medical Officer and Health Secretary MSP to express our concern over some of the changes being made to maternity care. Updates on these communications will be notified to the Facebook group.