In the weeks after a baby is born, tender care for the whole family is so important. Birth is a huge transition, and it's essential to honour this period of bonding, resting, recovery and expansion. It's a time for love, warmth and rest - and this might be the aspect of doula work that I'm most passionate about.
There is no 'one size fits all' approach to caring for a newborn, we each must find what works for our own family. That's why my postpartum work is tailored specifically to your needs and circumstances. I'll be on hand to give you non-judgemental support, with an open heart. Sometimes, all we need is an extra pair of hands, and some gentle cheerleading from the sidelines.
A large part of postpartum doula work is the emotional support - for example
Being present and listening when you need to talk. Whether you to recount your birth experience or share how you're feeling, I'm here for you, and I'll keep the tea flowing
Encouraging you to trust your parenting instincts. You know what's best for your baby - I can remind you of that if you doubt yourself
Reassurance and compassion when you need it
Witnessing and celebrating your transition into the role of a parent.
From a practical perspective, I can lighten the load so you can focus on caring for and bonding with your baby. Here is some of the more tangible support I can offer:
Guidance / help with routine care of a newborn (e.g. bathing, burping, changing etc)
Accompanying you on outdoor trips
Preparing healthy and nutritious meals for the family
Light housework and chores (e.g. laundry, washing up, tidying and organising
Baby wearing support
Holding baby while you have a shower/nap/food
I offer my postnatal services at £50 per hour, with a minimum of 2 x 2 hour sessions. We can either build a bespoke support plan, or you can book my Postnatal Package which spreads fifteen sessions over a month
This five week package offers 15 x 2 hour visits, with the following suggested schedule:
week 1 - 5 days
week 2 - 4 days
week 3 - 3 days
week 4 - 2 days
week 5 - 1 day
In addition to visits, I'm available on the phone whenever you need me. Middle of the night emergency calls are welcome!