Support, compassion and knowledge present at your birth

Supporting you after welcoming your new baby

The early days of parenthood are uniquely special as you get to know and fall in love with your baby. It can be absolutely joyful but for many of us it can also be overwhelming, and your body and soul needs time and support to rest, heal and recover.

Establishing feeding (however you choose), learning your baby's cues and responding to their needs 24/7 can be exhausting, and in many cultures new mothers are given the chance to do this while their community gathers around and takes care of them. Sadly this tradition has become a bit lost in the West, and so (perhaps unsurprisingly) we have seen rises in fatigue, loneliness and postnatal depression.

The World Health Organization itself recognises the importance of postnatal care and studies show that families who have support, encouragement and information tend to transition into family life more confidently and easily.

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"A positive postnatal experience for a woman will be one that responds to her specific context and preferences.
It will provide the confidence, knowledge and skills women need in the weeks following childbirth, supporting them to adjust to any changes in their intimate relationships and build new family ones. Women will be better equipped to navigate physical and emotional challenges. [...]

This should be a shared responsibility, not a solitary one."*

The postnatal period is such a significant one as parents are creating new families, which is huge! However, it is also a vital opportunity to support good mental health (as well as physical). Sadly, new parents are often left dissatisfied with the postnatal care they receive from their main care provider; exactly at the time in their lives they need non-judgemental and consistent support and encouragement.**

This is where a postnatal doula can help

How postnatal care looks varies from family to family as it will be totally bespoke to your needs. Ideally I would visit you at least a couple of times in your first week after the birth and then at least once a week for the following five weeks.

Each visit will typically be 3-4 hours and might involve:

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    Emotional support, such as reflecting on the birth and holding space for you and your partner

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    Providing reassurance and encouragement as you navigate early parenthood

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    As a trained breastfeeding peer supporter, I can help with establishing feeding if required

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    Practical help at home, allowing you to rest and recuperate

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    Informational support and signposting to useful people, websites and resources.

£25 per hour but discounts offered for block booking (minimum 10 hours).

20 hours - £400
30 hours - £600

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You can of course choose to combine the Birth and Postnatal Support packages.

This may include:

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    3-4 antenatal visits

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    Being available to answer any questions or discuss any concerns throughout our journey together

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    Being ‘on call’ 10 days before your due date until baby arrives

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    Being at the birth for you and your partner providing emotional, practical and informational support

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    Staying with you until you are comfortable and settled.

Postnatally, at least 15 hours of in-person:

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    Emotional support, such as reflecting on the birth and listening and holding space for you and your partner

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    Providing reassurance and encouragement as you navigate early parenthood

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    Helping with establishing breastfeeding if that is how you choose to feed your baby

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    Practical help at home, allowing you to rest and recuperate

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    Informational support and signposting.

Spontaneous birth: from £1300
Planned Caesarean birth: from £950

My packages

Postnatal care is sometimes referred to as the 'Cinderella Service' and sadly less value is placed upon it in the medical profession, resulting in fewer resources and less funding than other parts of the maternity services. However, when parents are given time, compassion, care and knowledge, this can help in setting them and their family up for a much more confident, positive and calm parenthood journey.*

I feel passionately that mothers need ‘mothering’ too and I would be honoured to support you and your family at such a transformative time in your lives. Please do get in touch to discuss how I can help you.


* The post natal period is therefore, health preventing and treating childbirth >>

** Jenny McLeish, Merryl Harvey, Maggie Redshaw, Fiona Alderdice, “Reassurance that you're doing okay, or guidance if you're not”: A qualitative descriptive study of pregnant first time mothers’ expectations and information needs about postnatal care in England. Midwifery, Volume 89, 2020,102813,

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