My birth doula package usually involves 2 meetings beforehand in the comfort of your home, though sometimes we might take a nice walk if the weather is nice.
We will talk about previous birth experiences if any, what your birth expectations might be, where and how you want to birth, any therapies you might want to use. We will create some birth plans. As I am a reiki practitioner you can avail of this as part of your package (it is so relaxing when you are pregnant!).
I have lots of books you can borrow. We can do some birth art with paints and clay. I can also help you get in touch with hypnobirth instructors, placenta encapsulators and shiatsu or massage therapists. We will work together to find out what your personal needs are and I will facilitate them to the best of my ability.
If you are planning a caesarean birth we can discuss ‘gentle’ caesareans which are becoming increasingly popular. I also have a birth pool that can be borrowed.
These meetings are about us getting to know each other, building trust, and working out the things that might help you at your birth. I totally believe in your body’s ability to birth your baby in the way that is best for you 🙂
I am on call for you from 38 weeks to 42 weeks. I would stay with you through out your labour and for a few hours after depending on your need. I would also visit you after the birth to talk about your experience, for you to ask any questions you might have, and to love up that new life.
My Post Natal package varies. I can come to your home for a few hours a couple of times a week or work more intensely for a few days after your birth depending on your need. I could help with some light housework, cooking meals, child care while you shower or sleep, relaxing foot massages.
doula uk access fund:
I believe everyone should have the opportunity to experience the care a doula can give to families regardless of income. As I am a doula uk doula there is a doula access fund which would pay my expenses so I could be your doula. Payments in instalments over time and payment in kind are fine too. I would never turn down a client because of a financial situation! Please don’t hesitate to ask me about this 🙂
Mother Blessings and Closing the bones Ceremonies:
I can help you organise a Mother Blessing, a beautiful way to celebrate your journey towards motherhood and after your birth I can organise a ‘Closing the Bones’ ceremony which is a very moving way to honour your journey, balance your energy and ground you again. These can be included in any birth package you want or as a stand alone ceremony.
There are lots of groups out there offering breast feeding support, in particular I know of great groups in Whitland and Newcastle emlyn and its a great way to meet other mums and dads too. There are positive birth groups in Narberth, Pembrokeshire which I help facilitate and Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire. Both offer excellent peer support.
Reiki and Womb healings:
I am a reiki practitioner and have also undertaken a womb blessing and healing course with Miranda Gray. If you would like to find out more about this then please just ask 🙂 We can have a stand alone session in your own home or combine it with a birth/post natal package.
I can make you a Belly cast usually around 36 weeks, it is great fun especially if done with your partner. It is a unique and beautiful reminder of your days of pregnancy. It can be done during one of our visits or as a stand alone service.
Belly binding is a traditional method of healing after giving birth, used in many cultures all over the world. I make these at home in lots of different sizes and beautiful fabrics. The new mama wraps her belly with a long piece of fabric during the postpartum period. The Belly Wrap helps the postnatal body by supporting, warming and healing the abdominal wall. It gives support to tired muscles and can accelerate the healing process of the uterus. It also promotes better posture and offers great back support and improves posture.
Click on the picture to go to my etsy shop 🙂 I have a selection of beautiful wraps for sale.