Why choose a doula_Why choose a doula_

 

Why choose a birth keeper/doula?

 

 

 

 

Birth, whilst tiring and challenging, is SAFE!

It's a physiological process that our body's naturally perform when given the right support and circumstances.

 

Sadly however, due to a societal obsession with categorisation, measurement and classification; our species' obsession with trying to predict and control the future it has become overly-medicalised. The media's insistence of portraying childbirth as urgent, hysterical and dicey means that many people fear birth. 

 

The modern midwifery model of care doesn't suit everyone, especially those who take a more naturopathic, holistic approach to health and healing. 

 

A doula will support you if you are engaging with this system and give you the space and encouragement to accept only those techniques and ideas that you are aligned with.

 

A good doula brings a wealth of traditional wisdom on birth, pain-management and mothering, supporting your choices as you cross that holy threshold into Motherhood.    

 

Get in touch

If you have any queries/questions or just want to have a chat get in touch today.

 

I have always been a feminist

 

 

 

Even from a young age I had a strong sense of justice and tried to ensure that there was nothing unfair or discriminatory happening in my primary school.

 

 

In adulthood the way I am choosing to action my desire for Feminine Empowerment is as a perinatal doula; supporting new mums and their fledgling families to have a birth they remember fondly and which sets them up for a dignified start to parenthood.

 

 

"Like Adolescence, the transition to motherhood is quite a change." - Aurélie Athan, Ph.D.   

 

 

Calling First Time Mums

As a relatively inexperienced doula I am still discovering the types of people I get the most out of working with. I remember Reproductive Justice activist and mother of five, Mars Lord asking me early in my career to describe my ideal client and was also tasked with...

As a relatively inexperienced doula I am still discovering the types of people I get the most out of working with. I remember Reproductive Justice activist and mother of five, Mars Lord asking me early in my career to describe my ideal client and was also tasked with...

I Am Just Jumping On It Cos It’s Fashionable

I Am Just Jumping On It Cos It’s Fashionable

You’re just jumping on it cos it’s fashionable now That’s what I fear they’ll say cos it’s true somehow I’ve not had braids for years and I’m categorically against weave I’m vegan too so can’t even claim curry goat and rice and peas But I’m here to pre-empt, to...

Take Me To Church

Churching, or the 40 day blessing is when a woman, during the immediate postpartum period, is not encouraged, coerced or guilt-tripped into doing ANYTHING. So-called due to its roots in Orthodox Christianity in which after this period of rest...

An unexpected response to my newfound doulaship

Growing up mixed-race in a small market town in Essex with two white “parents” meant that me and my maternal grandparents shared a strangely ambivalent relationship.   My mum had told me stories about how her parents, Brenda and David, (an acutely ordinary...

 

Doula Service

 

2 x 1-hour antenatal sessions in which we can discuss anything you like; your birthing plan, ways to increase the likelihood of you having the birth you want, what's possible (Everything.....! is the short answer : ) ) , fears and doubts, resources, extra ways to prepare, going forward. With additional telephone and e-mail contact throughout pregnancy.

Birth attendance - I offer a 4-week on-call period from 37 (full) weeks to 41 (full) weeks with a promise to endeavour to be with you at the birth even if it happens outside of this 4-week window. I will attend wherever you decide to birth - at home, the maternity ward of a hospital or a birth centre.

1 postpartum visit. I will check in with you (and your partner) and baby sometime within the first month after birth to give advice, sign-post to additional services, discuss and unpack the birth should you want to.

£450

Placenta Preparation Services

I am an IPEN-certified placenta specialist and would be delighted to discuss the benefits of ingesting your placenta and the different preparations available.

Raw Smoothies £40

Encapsulation £200

Tincture £45

Homeopathic Placenta Remedies £60

Placenta Print £10

Placenta Essence £25

 

I am supported by the fabulous Placenta Remedies Network and you can see my directory listing here 

 

 

 

  

Churching/40 days/Post-natal support

Most cultures and societies previously observed the practice of Churching or 40 days rest, recuperation and bonding for mother and baby postnatally. Some still do and I would love to help you and your newborn to get all the benefits of it. This isn't enforced hermitism but an opportunity for you to heal and strengthen after your birth experience. (Of course, if you feel strong and want to leave the house before the 40-day period is up that is fab too!) Some birthing women, having been coerced into interventions they didn't necessarily need or having felt overlooked or ignored during birth can be traumatised by this. A space to process these emotions and to heal both physically and psychologically benefits you and your baby in so many ways. My support could be looking after baby so you can have a shower/sleep, light cleaning, cooking, shopping and freezer-filling services, emotional support, companionship, non-clinical counselling which basically amounts to listening without judgement. 

£15/hr - bought in packs of 4 hours (no fewer) 

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Let's meet up

We can arrange to meet at your favourite coffee shop or at your own home if you feel more comfortable.