Giving birth should be your greatest achievement, not your greatest fear.
— Jane Weideman
 

What is a doula?

Doulas provide continuous support, guidance and support for the whole family through pregnancy, birth and the early days of parenthood. Filling a role that new mothers and families have always needed, a doula is there to listen and not judge.

She is not a friend. She is not a healthcare provider. She is a mother figure of the most ancient kind. Her life experience empowers you. She is a reassuring presence who will always listen to you and support you in your chosen path. She will remind you of your choices, and the reason you made them, when you doubt, are anxious or afraid. She sees you; the real you. Her understanding of your journey supports your self-confidence. She eases pain with a touch, a word, a look…. She is a doula.

 

Birth Doula Package - Basic

My birth package includes:

  • A free initial consultation in the comfort of your own home or via Skype to discuss how I can support you. This is an opportunity to see how we connect and to ask any questions.

  • A chance to debrief any previous birth experiences.

  • Unlimited contact via phone/text/email throughout your pregnancy and up to six weeks post birth to answer any questions or concerns you may have

  • A total of four ante natal/post natal sessions in your home to explore your options, offer information, help with any practical issues

  • Birth planning and preparation - exploring all options and scenarios, tips and support

  • 24hr seven days a week “on-call” period from weeks 38-42 of your pregnancy

  • Continuous emotional and physical support through labour and birth

  • At least one post natal visit - an opportunity to talk through your birth and answer any questions; get help with breastfeeding etc.

 

Why hire a doula?

Studies have shown that hiring a doula can result in:

  • a more positive birth experience

  • a shorter labour

  • reduced levels of fear and anxiety

  • lower caesarian rates or birth interventions such as forceps delivery

  • reduced need for pain relief

  • higher rate of successful breastfeeding

  • lower rate of post natal depression

  • improved parent-baby bonding

 

Ayurdoula Birth Package

This package contains all of the basic birth package plus:

  • Ayurvedic nutritional and lifestyle advice for pregnancy

  • 4 pregnancy or post natal warm oil Ayurvedic Massages (at each ante/post natal session)

Ayurdoula Deluxe Postnatal Care Package

 6 visits (1 visit per week for 6 weeks)

  • Ayurvedic Meal Preparation

  • Warm oil Ayurvedic Post Natal Massage

  • Herbal bath

  • Self-massage instruction

  • Infant massage instruction

  • Belly binding

 

My experience as a doula

I believe that giving birth to life is a huge gift. Birth is a natural, profound and spiritual experience that transforms a woman’s life. For me, nature is the key. Following a woman’s intuition about how she wishes to birth and care for her baby, in whatever way she wants to do this, is of paramount importance. Her body knows what to do. Sometimes we just need help to get our minds out of the way! I feel that if a woman is fully present in her life, she can achieve anything.

Every woman is different, every birth is different. But if you can give every woman space, time, information and some confidence to follow her own intuition, respect, love and care then she has every chance to make this incredible transition into motherhood on her terms.

I had two amazing, quick and straightforward home births with my children with no pain relief other than Ayurvedic massage and a hypnobirthing CD. This led me onto a passion for childbirth and the path of becoming a Doula. I trained in 2010 and have had many different experiences in that time including supporting single women as well as couples, attending home births, hospital births, VBAC, planned and emergency C-sections, induction and water births.

I also breastfed successfully both my children for 2 years and am experienced in assisting this if needed.

 
 

To find out more about my Doula Services please get in touch

 
 
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Kind Words

On first chatting to Vanessa via Skype she seemed kind and down to earth and we both liked her immediately. Meeting her in person was like meeting up with an old friend - easy to talk to and ask questions. The doula care in labour was AMAZING! As soon as she arrived in labour I felt calm and in control. My labour was long and complicated and I felt safe and supported with her being there. Her massages were excellent and she brought me the best meal I’d ever eaten at her first postnatal visit. Ayurveda helped me to learn about my constitution and the massage and breathing techniques helped me enormously in labour. Everything was what I had hoped for and exceeded my expectations - a warm, friendly and knowledgeable female presence to help me in my transition to motherhood. I was so grateful to have Vanessa by my side during my labour and birth.
— Radha Wilson Jeffries
Ayurdoula clients, Radha, Mark and Harrison

Ayurdoula clients, Radha, Mark and Harrison