A Birth Doula is a non-medical but knowledgeable birth companion, who can provide you and your partner with practical, emotional and informational support through pregnancy, labour and birth of your baby (plus the early hours and days postnatally).
Research has shown that women who have the continuity of care that a doula can offer, are more likely to experience a calmer birth experience and less interventions. I strongly believe that all women deserve to have a fantastic birth experience!... That they can be informed and empowered to make their own choices, to be respected and supported through them.
How can I help you as your Birth Doula?....
Provide you with dedicated antenatal sessions and be there via text and email
Get to know about your needs and wishes for the birth of your baby
Support you through any challenging times in pregnancy
Provide you with information and talk through any questions you have
Help you and your partner prepare for your birth
Go on call for the birth of your baby, 24-7*
Be there whenever you need me when you are in labour, right through to when you are settled with your new baby (for a hospital or home birth, even c-section)
Support you in practical, physical and/or emotional ways during labour
Know your birth plan/birth preferences and help to protect them where possible
Help you navigate through any decisions that need to be made during labour
Support in the early minutes and hours after birth until you are settled.
I have a variety of birth experiences myself and as a Doula, so I don't have a fixed idea of how birth "should" be - I won't judge you and I won't tell you what to do; instead I will be with you through your experience.
this is not an exhaustive list!......
I have worked as a genuine Active Birth Teacher for over 10 years, and trained with the world-renowed doctor and birth researcher, Michel Odent, and Active Birth pioneer and author, Janet Balaskas (owner and founder of the Active Birth Centre in London).
As a Recognised Doula with Doula UK, I completed their flagship mentorship programme in 2017. This means that I have reached a certain level of experience and my fees reflect that. I also regularly attend extra training and CPD days to further my knowledge, and I am currently the Doula UK Rep for Bedfordshire.
I offer a choice of packages for birth doula: Silver, Gold and Platinum (please see details below).
These incorporate more options into your care package, such as active birth, massage, hypnobirthing etc. PLEASE NOTE: These packages are for a guide only; I am happy to create a bespoke doula package that meets your individual needs, so please feel free to contact me about this; I try to be flexible where I can.
The fee is usually paid in 3 instalments. A deposit is required upon booking, second payment after the first antenatal visit, and the balance paid before the on call period starts.
FOR POSTNATAL DOULA SERVICES, CLICK HERE
Birth Doula Packages
(*if you go into labour before the on call period starts, I will of course do my best to be there for you anyway!)
1) Other payment/service options may be available depending on individual circumstances (e.g. a service swap as part payment, or a slightly reduced package for planned c-section where support is still required but less on call time needed). Bespoke packages can be discussed.
2) I am able to support all-spectrum birth doula care, including baby loss. Costs will differ depending on individual circumstances. Please contact me directly to make an enquiry.
3) I can offer 3-Step Rewind programme for birth/breastfeeding trauma, for free for Doula clients.
Birth Doula Clients say...
Nav & Siyar
Once I knew Pippa could be our Doula, I didn’t think twice about interviewing anybody else. She was amazing during labour from a practical point of view. She also gave me words of encouragement at a time I think only another woman who had experienced birth herself could. Occasionally she gave me the power of touch, she offered me water, she magically made music appear when I didn’t even realise it wasn’t there but was glad when it was! She relayed the midwife’s questions to me very softly and always at the right moment.
She reminded me to breathe at moments when I was losing my rhythm and she did this simply by breathing deeply near me to that it worked as gentle reminder with no words.
Pippa is very calm, has great understanding of what you are going through as a woman and as a couple, and has knowledge from her own experiences as well as her work. Her care was very genuine and warm, a really good open hearted vibe. Pippa is very diplomatic and balanced, she never once directed us towards any decision but yet was able to help us so that we could look at all sides and consider for ourselves. She got on well with the other healthcare professionals and found a balance in working alongside them.
Siyar: We couldn’t have managed without her, it was one of the best decisions we made. She is very calm headed, she kept me calm which helped me to keep Nav calm. If it wasn’t for her, we wouldn’t have had the birth that we had"
Steph & Luca
Having someone walking beside me in those last weeks of pregnancy brought so much calm and tenderness to what was a very long waiting period before my daughter was born. I chose Pippa to be my doula because as soon as I met her i felt like we’d been friends for ages. I felt that I could trust her immediately and her calm, assured professionalism made the service end of things really simple. During the birth Pippa’s role was very much responsive to the situation and completely focussed on my wellbeing. We had a lovely home birth but at times I needed help to identify just what it was that I needed in that moment and Pippa was right there helping me to gently navigate my feelings and helping me to drop down into myself more to find the birthing woman that was inside. Knowing she was there was like having an anchor in the stormy seas of labour.
Luca, Steph's partner
It was great having Pippa as a doula because she really knows what she is doing, she knows the world of pregnancy and birth very well. She is open and intuitive, reliable and professional. She’s a good person, sweet and ready to help in any situation. Pippa developed a good connection with Steph which really helped especially on the night of the birth.
We chose Pippa as we really liked her! Pippa was someone we instantly felt comfortable with - someone we felt we could relate to, someone who reminded us of a friend. Her calm presence, strength of character and kind nature were all qualities we were looking for in our doula.
Although [the birth] wasn’t quite how we imagined working with Pippa, having her there with us was invaluable. We were able to talk through the options we had been given by medical staff and our thoughts and feelings. Pippa was really good at explaining and also at making sure we were happy with our decision. Pippa reminded us about our options and helped us ensure these were going to be met (if possible) – such as delayed cord clamping and immediate skin to skin.
James (Sally's partner) hadn’t heard of a doula before but was really interested from the word go. On meeting Pippa he was even more convinced that this was the right decision for us! He felt supported and took great comfort knowing that whatever happened Pippa would be there for us and that really helped him focus on being there for me and helped manage any anxiety about labour and birth.
To have that support for both partners is incredible – whatever the style of birth.
We can’t rate Pippa highly enough – not just as a doula, but as a genuinely lovely person! Her personality (a mixture of calm, strength, kindness and cool) seems to lend itself to the Doula world and anyone would be very lucky to have Pippa as their doula. Pippa listened, advised, offered support and options and helped guide us through. She was also there with a hug, kind words and a great sense of humour when the mood needed to be lightened… She also really seemed to understand us and got us as people very quickly – which is a real skill and something we both really liked as a quality.
Claire & James
We’d recommend Pippa to anyone. We benefitted from an extra pair of hands, encouragement and support.
[During pregnancy,] she gave great massages listened to all our concerns and took them seriously, provided evidence to reassure us, lots of advice about good positions for labour and practised breathing etc
[During the birth] she was very calm and was happy to arrive early and be with us from the beginning of labour. She provided helpful reminders e.g. to get in the birth pool and encouragement and support. She didn’t intrude on our space at all which we appreciated, and when the midwives were too chatty she did her best to keep them quiet!
[Postnatally, after the birth] helped us relax and settle in with our new son.
[Postnatal visit one week later] We had a lovely time remembering the magical birth of our son.
I benefited significantly from having a doula present – thank you!"