If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.
~ John H. Kennell, MD
What is a doula/ birth attendant?
A doula is a trained birth attendant that works exclusively and continuously for benefit of the woman, her birth, and her baby. This continuous support has been statistical evidence to be the most effective support for achieving a natural birth without the need for interventions.
A doula can provide physical, emotional, informational and educational support throughout pregnancy, birth and beyond. Women can form a trusting relationship with her doula, who can provide a constant source of care during pregnancy, labour, birth and the postpartum period. This type of care can have very positive outcomes for women and their babies.
A doula does not provide medical, nursing, or midwifery care, nor comment on, interpret, or judge medical care. A doula can support women in their discussions with staff to assist them to make their own informed decisions.
As your birth doula I am self-employed by you to support you in your birthing and parenting choices. We normally meet twice during your pregnancy to get to know each other and for me to build up an understanding of your wishes. I offer continuous support for you and your partner during labour, birth and bonding, offering emotional support and physical comfort measures. And I will stay with you afterwards until you are settled. After you have given birth I will visit you in the post-natal period. I can offer more post-natal support if you wish. I will be on call for you 24 hours a day from 38 weeks of pregnancy, before then you can call me between 9am and 6pm or email at any time. I do not act in place of your midwife or doctor at any time, not offering medical advice, only emotional and practical support. I can assist you to make sure you have all the information you need to make an informed choices throughout. I have insurance and to provide clients with a clear, written agreement. I am a member of the National organisation Doula UK, and am committed to abiding by Doula UK’s Philosophy, Code of Conduct and Infant Feeding Guidance. You can find out more about Doula UK HERE.
My fee includes:
- At least four antenatal visits
- Continuous labour and birth support
- At least two postnatal visits
- Ongoing email / phone support
Retaining fee 50% of full fee: payable when contract is signed
The remainder of the full fee: payable by 38 weeks into the pregnancy.
I will make every effort to provide the services described in our contract. It may be that external circumstances may limit my availability (for example rapid labour). If failure to attend your birth is due to my misjudgment or unavailability, a percentage refund will be made. You may make further payments according to your discretion or further services made. But, if it is due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control or negligence on your part (e.g. you call me too late, or you choose to keep vital information from me) the full fee applies.
If you decide you no longer require my services less than 2 weeks before your due date, some fees may apply – this is because I may already have gone on call for you and/or worked with you for some weeks/months. If your cancellation is due to factors beyond your control, or due to some negligence on my part, we will reach an appropriate agreement.
Additional Antenatal sessions
Contact me to learn about childbirth education workshops and discounts.
What do you do next
If you are interested in having a birth doula, or would like some more information please get in touch as soon as possible. I am often booked up months in advance: