What You Need to Know
How do I book you?
Let me know your due date and when you would like me to see you. I'll pencil you into my diary but I won't make myself fully available until you tell me you want to go ahead. When the booking is confirmed, I'm all yours and I won't see anyone else.
Can I pay you in instalments?
Yes, of course you can! We'll chat about payment when you book with me.
Do you work alone?
Yes I do but if something happens and we need to bring in another doula (like your labour is taking a long time and we all need to go to sleep) I'll make arrangements for someone else to be with you until I can come back. Whatever happens, you are my priority.
How often will we see you before the birth?
We will agree that at your booking appointment. Some couples don't need me much, others would prefer to see me all the time. It's a tailor-made package just for you.
When will you get to me when I go into labour?
As soon as you need me to be there! I'll be on call for you anyway from 2 weeks before - you are my priority. Just let me know.
This isn't my first birth is that OK?
Just because it isn't your first baby, doesn't mean you don't need a doula. You might want a completely different birth experience this time around to how your other births went. Let's talk abut your previous experiences at our first chat.
How will hiring you affect my partner’s role during the birth?
I am not there to take away your partner's role in the birth. I can be as present or in the background as you need me to be. If you want, I can be the one making the phone calls, taking the photos and giving your partner "permission" to have a breather for five minutes. It's support for you both, not instead of.
Can you help me with breastfeeding?
I breastfed my own two sons so I know what it's like in the early days - I'm happy to provide support and guidance but I'm not a qualified peer supporter yet. That's coming soon!
I'm having a caesarean birth - are you still able to help me?
Of course! Every birth is beautiful and every labouring person needs a hand to hold. When we talk, I'll let you know about woman-centred caesarean birth.
What are your interactions with medical staff like?
I used to be a student midwife so I have interacted with all kids of medical staff. I will encourage you to say what you need to say, I'll be a champion for your birth plan and I'll be your voice if you don't feel like speaking. But I'm not pushy!
Do you perform any physical examinations?
No, I am not a midwife or healthcare professional. I am happy to offer hugs and back rubs though!