I am now pleased to be able to offer doula services as a package alongside birth photography or just doula services.
As a birth photographer for 4 years I have found myself unconsciously providing unofficial doula services to parents from the moment I took my first birth client. It just felt natural to support mothers and their partners and not just be their photographer. I would often reassure and signpost parents to information if they asked a question. Moving on to become an 'official' doula seemed like the natural next step. Lockdown helped too as I found myself unable to work as much or at all and having the time to study and complete a doula course. I completed the Developing Doulas Preparation Course in September 2020 and am now practicing as a doula. I am also a member of Doula UK.
Having attended over 30 births as a photographer, 10 of those as a doula as well. I have gained a lot of experience from being in the birth space. I have captured births in hospitals, birth centres and at people's homes. Have observed water births, inductions, C-Sections and hypnobirths. I am familiar with working in Hospital settings such as Colchester Hospital, Broomfield, St Peter's in Maldon, Basildon, Southend, Kingston, Homerton, Lewisham and St Mary's in London. I have built up trusted relationships with midwives and other birth workers. I know and understand how to respect the birth space and work with and alongside health professionals, whilst still supporting my birthing persons wishes.
My specific interest is doula-ing parents who become pregnant again after a loss, either pregnancy loss or baby loss. I volunteer at my local hospital helping parents who have sadly lost their babies by capturing memories that they can treasure forever. Although everyones journey through pregnancy and baby loss is different and personal to them I can sadly empathise and with that hopefully help ease some of the anxiety that develops through pregnancy, labour and birth.
As your doula I will completely support you emotionally and practically in whichever direction your birthing journey takes you, providing you and your partner with comprehensive information for you to make informed choices and decisions to ensure you have the best possible birth for you, on that day. Whether that be a planned vaginal birth or a planned abdominal birth. People planning a c-section delivery need just as much support, comprehensive and non-judgemental information too. I am happy to provide that. My aim is to give you all the information and confidence to advocate for yourself but to be your voice if and when you need me to be.
I have a TEN's machine and a good library of books which you are free to use. I can also source birth pools for hire.
Birth Doula Services
During your pregnancy, we will arrange at least two antenatal preparation sessions, where I will listen to you and your needs and assist you to be able to confidently make the right decisions and open up the right options so you can have the right birth for you. My role as your birth doula is to support you and your partner throughout pregnancy, birth and postnatally. You can call me for support any time, and if I don't know the answer I will signpost you to the information you need.
In the weeks before your labour starts, we will arrange the point where I come out to you so you can be confident you know when you will have my physical support when labour starts. I will stay with you throughout and provide continuous support. I will hold your birth space for you so you can follow your instincts, creating the best atmosphere possible for you and your body to do it's thing. I can also be that extra pair of hands that will allow you to stay with your partner in the way you have both planned.
After the birth, I will stay with you until you and your baby are settled and you are happy for me to leave. We will then arrange for me to visit when you are home to make sure everything is going well and to debrief the birth. I can then also give you details of any further support available if needed.
Postnatal Doula Services
By being your postnatal doula, my intention is to be there so that you can concentrate on bonding and establish feeding, whether you are breast/chest feeding, formula feeding or both. I will always do my best to tailor how we work together to meet your individual needs. This could be by just sitting and listening to your concerns and signposting you to information that may help or to just have a nap without baby.
I will listen to you and can help you if you feel you need to discuss or debrief your birth experience. Hopefully I can help to boost your confidence around your new baby but without taking over. I can cook, do light housework, shopping, washing or tidying. I can walk the dog/s, play with other siblings, or look after the baby so you can sleep.
At this time, I am also offering virtual doula support.
Please contact me to find out more about the services I offer, bespoke doula packages and prices.
Essex, London & Suffolk based, but will consider coverage further away.