Birth Support

Birth doula in Glastonbury, Somerset.

Research shows that birth outcomes are better with a doula present at the birth.

As part of my birth package I include 2 antenatal visits. During this time we will get to know one another and prepare for the birth and arrival of your baby.

We will discuss your expectations, and talk through your previous experiences. We will discuss the birth process, so that you understand what to expect and know how I can assist you. We will go through the options available to you, in terms of locations, pain relief etc and explore the possibility of unexpected interventions, the consequences and how you would like to handle that, if the need arose. I would help you to write your birth preferences as a reference for you, myself and your midwives.

I can also give you some ideas for positions during labour, and Optima Foetal Positioning in pregnancy. I can help your birth partner to prepare for the birth too, and we can practice techniques such as massage that they can use in supporting you. I'm happy to find you information on any topics that interest you, and point you in the direction of appropriate specialists in any subject outside of my remit. I have a small library of books and DVDs on pregnancy, birth and parenting to lend to clients.

I can also help you to pack a labour bag, and source any items you might need for a home birth. I can help you prepare for your baby, give information on feeding choices and discuss baby care, shopping etc.

Once you have booked me for your labour, I am available for contact via phone and email.

If I was booked as your birth supporter, I would be available come to you when you were in early labour (before the point where a hospital would admit you) and help you to remain relaxed, calm and positive. As early labour is generally a fairly low key phase, we might go for a walk (to encourage your progress), I might take you through some relaxation techniques. If you were having a home water birth I could help set up the pool. I might also cook a meal for your family or entertain your children while you and your partner have some time out to relax and prepare for the birth together. Generally my remit it to do whatever you need me to do - even if you simply need me simply as a reassuring presence.

As your labour progresses I can support you in active birth techniques, to help the baby along and reduce the need for intervention. I would support your other birth partners (if you had them) to enable them to be as helpful to you as possible. I can also provide reiki to make your more comfortable, and a limited amount of shiatsu. I can also provide a TENS machine.

Part of my purpose is to create a calm space around you, that allows you to stay in your "birthing mind" uninterrupted. I can filter information and questions from medical staff, and advocate for you to ensure that the intentions laid out in your birth plan are adhered to as much as possible.

After the birth I can make sure the necessary bonding time/space is respected so that you can get to know your baby in peace. If you are at home I can run you a bath, put clean sheets on the bed, pack away the birthpool and perform any other tasks necessary for you and your new family.