Flexible support & a mind body approach to birth
Doula packages for pregnant people and their birth partners during covid-19.
support from Emilie
Preparing for birth
During pregnancy you can work with me either as a doula throughout, or chooose to join the general membership if it would suit you better. It includes 1 hour a month of personal attention that you can use for movement or birth specific stuff.
If you're closer to meeting baby, I'd recommend joining the doula package - you'll get 2-3 hours a month of 1-2-1 as well as being able to join the movement classes and community sessions.
Opting for this for the months before and after having your baby mean we can really look at your needs, explore options and I can work with you and your birth partner to learn massage, mindfulness and movement techniques that can help you have the best possible birth experience
I would be honoured to be there for you during this incredible time.
These are odd times, but I can be there (covid permiting, in person) for the early part of labour and the time after, as well as being in your pocket on facetime during your birth.
- for your family
I'm here to help you adapt to life with your little one in whatever ways I can. This may be telephone or video call support or in person visits where I can be more practical and lend a hand to help.
HOW IT WORKS
Holistic, mind-body approaches to pregnancy, birth and postnatal life
Find ways you can help yourself & your birth partner to have your best possible experience of pregnancy, meeting baby & early months with your baby.
I can support you to can explore options for a more comfortable pregnancy, including easing pelvic girdle pain, sciatica, stress incontinence and back pain.
We can explore options and information for making choices in birth. Learn tons of helpful biomechanics informed movements for labour, techniques you can practice in pregnancy that can be used during labour if things aren't quite going to plan, plus simple massage techniques that can be done with a birth partner.
I can be on call for your birth via video call, and hold your hand virtually (or in person if you're local and things chance with access in maternity wards or home births). We can chat availability if you're interested in me being on call. It's often helpful, but not everyone feels they need it.
Space for straight talking, where you can be honest about feelings, fears and expectations. Debrief on previous birth experiences and make plans for beyond the birth.
I will listen to how things are going, and offer you ideas, provide information and signpost you to other services. I can also help with movement and mindfulness practices to help you come home to your body after baby is born. As well as a doula I'm an NCT trained breastfeeding peer supporter. Part of my role is to be able to help you find other avenues of support where appropriate too.
How does it work?
Generally people book me as a doula for at least 3 months. This gives us time to explore issues and get to know one another. Often it can be for longer and I am flexible on options.
What do you get?
sometimes it looks like...
Book a free half hour call
Grab a cuppa and something tasty and we can have a video call or a telephone chat to see if this is a good fit.
If you're local a socially distanced cuppa and meet up can work for an intro chat and or for sessions.
In the mean time you can read more about me and my training here.
What I Do
more about Emilie's approach...
More than Pregnancy Yoga
movement for life
Rather than just teaching you pregnancy yoga poses and breathing, I would love to give you a deeper experience and understanding of the changes in your body. I'm adapting my doula and movement practice to offer you continuity, connection and a more individual service.
It's not going to be anything like doing a youtube yoga video on your own. That said, we'll still do some stuff that looks and feels like yoga as part of this.
When to start?
whenever you're ready...
You can join us while you're trying to conceive, after baby has arrived, or weeks before birth. Join whenever you're ready.
Before conception and in early pregnancy we can look at habits that can help you balance your pelvis and pelvic floor. Setting you up for more ease in pregnancy.
In the second trimester it might be more about keeping you moving and adapting to your shifting center of gravity as baby grows. Getting your head round pregnancy and the realities of one day having a baby.
Approaching birth exlporing approaches to birth, movement and massage techniques that can help you and baby get in the best possible place for birth. If you've had previous difficulties we can look at those too.
Postnatal adapting to life with a newborn and starting to come home to your body after birth. Breastfeeding, handling chores, relationship dynamics and all the stuff that goes with life with a newborn.
Life as a parent hands up - it's not just the immediate birth and postnatal bit that support can be useful for. I'm happy to help with a holistic approach to mind and body for the longer term, any time into the first year of parenting.
The Embodied Doula Approach
holistic, embodied and adaptable
This approach is all about getting to know your body better. Not just the biomechanics of how you move, but the lived emotional landscape of you.
Becoming a parent (or growing your family) is a massive shift.
I'd love to help you gather up a toolkit of
Emilie has been working with pregnant and new families for over 12 years. She’s a fully qualified 200 hour Yoga Teacher. Diastasis Recti and Pelvic Floor Teacher training with Restorative Exercises specialist, Movement Ecology in Pregnancy and Postpartum with Katy Bowman, PRESS Yoga, Pelvic Floor Training certification with Isa Herrera of Pelvic Pain Relvief.
She's also a pro hula hooper and hoop dance teacher and performer, so there's a whole lotta love for the pelvis here.
Other training: Doula, NCT Breastfeeding Peer Supporter, Embodied Yoga Principles teacher and a registered Antenatal Teacher, Trauma Sensitive Yoga • Movement Ecology During Pregnancy • Biomechanics for Birth • Pregnancy & Postnatal Massage • Pregnancy and Postnatal Yoga Teacher Trainings with Nadia Narain at Triyoga, London.
Private antenatal classes
Bespoke antenatal classes via zoom, in the comfort of your own home, or central Bath or Frome location (covid-safety permitting).
Classes can cover your exact needs and circumstances, offering a tailored service so we can help you have the best birth possible. In one to one sessions we are normally able to get through info more quickly than you would in a group setting so it can be a great option if you don't have much time.
We can look at movement and massage for birth techniques or talk through the process of birth. Help with planning for your postnatal period can also be part of this.
£95 per hour (we can what you need and work out a schedule in advance)
(includes 1 x 30 minute virtual doula follow-up session by telephone or video call)
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