POSTNATAL doula support
For families with a new baby.
What is a postnatal doula?
Support for newborn families
Traditionally, families would have the support of the extended family and community during this important stage, however the way we live now mean families are often more spread out and lives busy, while the need for help remains. Doula support can nurture the mother and support the father during this intense time of change; offering whatever combination of practical and emotional support is needed for the birth and postnatal care.
Postnatal doula support aims to assist family bonding with a newborn. The first weeks with a new baby is a time of transition, healing and adaptation for the whole family. It’s important that new parents take care of themselves in order to care for their new baby. I’m happy to help families during this transition period, as well as further into the first year of parenting as needed, my definition of 'postnatal' is a bit longer than others.
How does it work?
Think of me as more of a "mothers' help" than as an expert coming in to do or fix things. I will be guided by your needs and wishes (and I’m happy to clean the dishes).
We can chat about what help would most benefit you – birth debriefing if your birth experience is running through your mind, help with light housework (e.g. washing up and laundry), simple home cooking, providing information on baby wearing, support with breastfeeding, time to have a bath or eat lunch with both hands, massage, yoga, a listening ear and giving time and space for mum (and dad) to rest and recuperate.
NB This is not to take care of baby, but to help you find your way in the early days. It’s a similar approach to the Dutch ‘kraamzorg’ as described in The Independent.
£15 per hour (minimum 2 hour booking)
Worried about money?
Talk to me about options for payment / skill exchange / concessionary rates.
Get the help you need with your newborn.
Emilie has a digital DBS that you are welcome to check online.
Pregnancy and Postnatal specialist
Nurturing Birth Doula
Trained with Nurturing Birth Doulas in 2012.
Relaxed Birth & Parenting
Trained with Relaxed Birth & Parenting in 2008.
Birth Crisis Training
I trained with Sheila Kitzinger in 2012.
Pregnancy and Postnatal Massage
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