postnatal doula - information
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 birth recovery
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 (not 24 hours)
Support with general care for your baby; talk through any concerns
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...
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, held Postnatal Yoga classes and 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/nights.
Alternatively you may like to buy a package; see details below. Bookings can be made before or after your baby is born.
Due to the corona virus situation, I am offering online support rather than in person currently. See here for details
Postnatal Doula Packages
I offer a choice of birth 2 postnatal doula packages, please click here for details.
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.
"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.
Pippa is a kind and caring soul full of empathy and love. She has truly found her calling in life and anyone who uses her services is very lucky to have found her." - Tracy
"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!" - Helen