A Postnatal Doula is a non-clinical but knowledgeable support person, who can provide you with practical, emotional and informational support through the early days, weeks - and in some cases, months - following the birth of your baby.
As a modern society, we have lost much of the postnatal nurturing and support for women who have given birth, and apart from a few visits to welcome the new baby, often a new mum finds herself feeling lonely, confused and unsure in her new role, or overwhelmed if she already has other children.
How can I help you as your Postnatal Doula?....
Provide you with physical, emotional and practical support
Be a calm presence in your home, and promote rest and recovery following birth
Reduce the risk of postnatal depression and anxiety
Increase chances of successful breastfeeding, should this be your preference
Available via text or email for the time I am with you
Help you to find your feet as a new mother/family....or as a mother of more than before!
Support with general care for your baby; talk through any concerns you may have
Help out with light household chores so you can concentrate on resting, or caring for your baby (laundry, washing up, vacuuming, making you lunch etc)
Holding the baby so you have time to take care of yourself; shower, sleep, eat etc
Signpost you to information or services that you may find helpful
Be a listening, non-judgemental ear (and if necessary, shoulder to cry on!)
Basic care for older children where necessary (give a snack, read a story etc)
Accompany you on shopping trips or doctor appointments if you need a hand
this is not an exhaustive list!......
I am a Recognised Doula with Doula UK, having completed their flagship mentorship programme in 2017. This means that I have reached a certain level of experience and my fees reflect that.
I have also taken part in postnatal training at the prestigious Active Birth centre, postnatal doula'd for many families including those with twins, trained in breastfeeding support, taught Developmental Baby Massage and Movement for many years, and cared for three children of my own.
My usual hourly Postnatal Doula fee is £20 per hour, minimum 2 hours / maximum 4 hours per visit, within school hours, and on occasional evenings/weekends.
Alternatively you may like to buy a package; see details below.
You can either pay for your package in full, or pay a deposit upon booking and the rest upon completion (or monthly if longer than a month of support).
Please contact me if you would like to enquire about a bespoke package; I try to be as flexible as possible.
Postnatal Doula Packages
I can offer 50% 3-Step Rewind programme for birth/breastfeeding trauma, for postnatal Doula clients.
NB: You can book me for approximate dates antenatally, and we can confirm once your baby has arrived. However, if you require postnatal support within the nearest day or two following the birth of your baby, I may need to go on call for you, which could incur an additional cost. You can also book me once your baby is born if you realise you would like some support, although obviously that is subject to availability.
Postnatal Doula Clients say...
I decided to hire Pippa as a postnatal doula to help me with my newborn twins and my toddler, when my parents were on holiday for a couple of weeks. Her help proved invaluable.
I had imagined that she would simply be an extra pair of hands around the house, but in fact it was much more than that. I can only compare it to having a good friend around, but then being able to ask that friend to muck in and just get on with whatever needs doing! She would look after the babies and my toddler so that I could get on with chores, get out shopping, and she would remind me to have lunch, and make me cups of tea. I always noticed how the house was calm when she left.
For me, it made the difference between coping without my mum's support and crumbling, and it was such a success that we decided to keep Pippa on once a week going forwards. I don't think my two year old would forgive me if he didn't see her once a week!
"I felt so relieved to have this support and am so grateful to Pippa for everything!!!..... I honestly believe that without her tips and encouragement I would have given up on breastfeeding 4 or 5 times. She has also helped me to emotionally bond with baby with tips such as; baby massage, skin to skin, co-sleeping, bath time, different holds. [She] would help me with whatever I needed - be it a nap, a shower, to have time to make myself a meal/snack, someone to hold the baby for a while and allow me to take a step back, breastfeeding support, tips on how to calm/soothe baby, help with household chores.....
I would recommend doula support to any friend expecting a baby.....I would say that becoming a parent is a huge life change that you cannot even imagine and the challenges are immense. Hiring a [postnatal] doula helped me to cope emotionally, stay on track with breastfeeding, learn how to nurture, soothe and bond with my baby, and was a friend who gives unconditional love and support when I needed it most. When you have someone with so much experience visiting weekly you are less likely to make decisions in desperation - you are more likely to wait for their next visit and discuss the issue and your options.
[Pippa] is a kind and caring soul full of empathy and love.
She is passionate about prenatal support, mothers, birth, breastfeeding, postnatal recovery and family life.
She is so knowledgeable and happy to share all of her knowledge to help others.
She is non judgemental and only wants the best for the family.
Pippa has truly found her calling in life and anyone who uses her services is very lucky to have found her."
"I first met Pippa during her pregnancy yoga classes and I was really impressed by her knowledge and ability to put all of us first-time mums-to-be at ease. When I found out that she also offers baby massage I knew immediately that we will be seeing each other after the baby was born. What I didn’t realise was just how difficult I would find adjusting to my new role as a mum. Thankfully, Pippa noticed that with my husband’s and my family living far away we would benefit from postnatal doula services and she filled in that gap in our lives. She was there to answer all the questions that we had as new parents, helped with establishing a healthy breastfeeding pattern, bonding, sleep… I would recommend her services to every new mum. In fact, we already know to book Pippa for when we’re expecting baby number two and next time it will be at a much earlier stage!"
(During her next pregnancy, Joanna hired me as her birth doula and went on to have an amazing home water birth!)