Doula Support

Childbirth is a normal part of life and we believe that the overwhelming majority of women in our care will be able to birth naturally. We passionately believe that women should be supported in understanding the choices available to them in pregnancy, birth and beyond.

Only then can you make informed decisions and approach labour confidently and calmly. No matter what kind of birth you choose, Birthability Doulas will be there to provide the support and guidance that you require. We have attended over 350 women and their partners during labour, working alongside them to achieve their birth choices.

What is a Doula?

  • A woman who is employed by a pregnant mother or couple to provide emotional and practical support before, during and after childbirth
  • Believes in “mothering the mother” – She can enable and empower a woman to have a more positive and satisfying experience
  • Supports birth in a range of settings. She can support a mother during her birth whether she chooses to have her baby at home, in hospital, or at a birthing centre
  • Has completed a specialised training course, and has a good knowledge and awareness of the birth process and the mother’s needs during this time
  • Is not medically trained, and she does not replace the need for a midwife
  • Can help fathers to also have a more positive experience at the birth of their baby
  • Does not give advice, she provides information, and is a good listener

Support from another woman during your labour can make a difference to the outcome

Research

RESEARCH has shown that having a doula present at a birth can:

Shorten first-time labour by an average of:0

Decrease the chance of caesarean section by:0

Reduce the use of forceps during delivery by:0

Decrease the need for epidural by:0

Why Hire

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Imagine planning a trip to the Himalayas…

In your mind you will climb the tallest peaks with your partner by your side, every step of the way. After a long and tiring journey you will be rewarded by reaching the highest summits, and stand on top of the world, in awe of the incredible views.

Now imagine turning around to see your team of local guides beside you. Well of course they would be there, you wouldn’t have travelled without them! Whilst you may have planned this journey for many years, read the books and trained to the peak of physical fitness, you recognise the need for experienced people that know the area, have been there many times before, and speak the native language…

Birthability Doulas are your guides for birth, and can walk alongside you throughout your pregnancy journey. We will be a calming, comforting, encouraging presence in the birthing room, and will stay with you for the whole of your birth however long it takes.

During pregnancy and birth we will be able to ensure that you understand any choices being offered to you by your medical caregivers, and discuss your options. This enables us to bridge the gap between the medical experts and yourselves, allowing your partner to be freed up to entirely support you. We can offer reassurance to you both during labour itself, and remind you of your body’s incredible ability to birth your baby.

OUR PACKAGES

During a booking/interview visit you will meet both Sallyann and Sarah. By working with each other, we bring a wide range of expertise, knowledge and experience with us, which will be invaluable in supporting you to make choices that are most appropriate for your circumstances. We offer a full range of packages to suit every clients needs, and can discuss these with you at this appointment.

Following booking, depending on your chosen package, we will meet with you again to get to know you and your partner, learning about your individual beliefs and wishes for labour.

We can discuss your birth preferences, choice of birth environment, relaxation methods, pain relief options, birth positions, preparations for your baby, breastfeeding and anything else you (or your partner) want to talk about. If you have had a previous traumatic birth experience, we can help to alleviate any fears you may have, enabling you to have a positive approach to this birth.

Birthability Doulas offer ongoing text, email and phone support 24/7, and are on call for you from the moment you book us. You will call us at the onset of labour so that we can be there with you as soon as you need our support. You will be provided with an on call schedule which will identify which of us is first on call that day, thereby providing reassurance that you will never be expected to work with an unknown “back up” doula.

The on-call doula will be supporting both you and your partner practically and emotionally throughout the birth of your baby, and will not leave until both you and your baby are settled.

Finally, we will visit you in your home following the birth of your baby offering a chance to reflect on your birth experience. We can answer any questions you may have about life with a newborn, and help you decide if you require any further postnatal support.

Please contact us by telephone – 07545 124 900, via our booking form, email or telephone to discuss packages, prices & availability