Cornwall birth doula services...
"Alice's support was invaluable...she kept so calm even when she realised I needed to push and the midwife was not yet there!" Lian, St Agnes
A birth doula, companion or coach is an experienced, knowledgeable person chosen by you, who offers continuous care, emotional and practical support, antenatal education, preparation and neutral guidance to the whole family throughout pregnancy, birth and the early days...
|♡ helps to nurture and protect precious lifetime memories of a positive birth experience |
♡ understands birth physiology and your emotional needs
♡ encourages birth partners to participate at their own comfort level
♡ facilitates communication between women, partners and care providers
Everyone can benefit from a doula. Studies indicate that our positive influence may be is enhanced when we're neither a member of the hospital staff nor a part of your usual social circle. Births in the presence of a doula may be:
- rated as more satisfying
- more comfortable
- less complex
"I was glad to hear you were already there Alice, I knew she was in good hands!" (midwife on her way)
I've been a doula for 12 years, and a trainee midwife for just over two years prior to that. My 'baby-catching' days were an invaluable insight into NHS maternity care ~ I've experienced the system inside and out, both as a professional and as a mother. I have a very good reputation within the maternity service and my fellow doulas (about me)
The Royal College of Midwives supports a mother's choice to engage the services of a birth doula. I'm a member of Doula UK ~ a highly respected not-for-profit org and voluntary register. My Doula UK 'recognised' membership means that: my training and mentorship met core standards; I adhere to the Doula UK code of conduct; I keep my practice up to date and I have sufficient current professional and public liability insurance. Check out this short Doula UK video and this brilliant article: 'what doulas really wish you knew about their job'
"Alice made both my husband and I feel totally at ease and with her positive support I was able to prepare for the birth with confidence" Abigail, Helston
I love supporting and empowering you to welcome your baby into the world ~ it's such an honour to be a part of your journey! My practice is practical, holistic, woman-centred and evidence-based. I aim to inform and support you both to become more confident and empowered, however you give birth.
From 37 weeks I go 'on-call' 24/7 for attending your birth. On the day, as required, I offer you hours of practical and emotional support, advocacy, guidance, encouragement, neutral information and optional photography / video ~ until you're ready for me to leave (my shift doesn't end!) You also benefit from 'the doula effect', which I can tell you more about when we meet...
After the birth I'll visit once or twice to help debrief your birth experience, offer feeding support and admire your baby! Read some feedback from my Cornwall doula families
- Antenatal preparation visits*
|* birth debriefing |
* the birth process
* comfort measures
* birth choices / plans
* induction / c-section
* adapting to parenthood
Cornwall doula costs...
For 2018/19 I've decided to trial offering my fees on a sliding scale ~ maximising affordability without devaluing my role. Antenatal preparation visits without a birth package are £15 per hour + petrol @45p / mile, otherwise please use the following as a price guide (package fees include expenses):-
|Gross annual household income||Doula fee (inc expenses)|
|up to £30k per year =||£350|
|up to £40k per year =||£550|
|up to £50k per year =||£750|
|£60k+ per year =||£950|
A £150 deposit secures me for your dates (unless you've already completed my hypnobirthing classes) with the remaining balance due by 36 weeks. If you need to spread the cost over a longer period I accept credit cards via PayPal.
Penwith, Penzance, St Ives, Hayle, Helston, Lizard, Camborne, Redruth, Truro, Falmouth, Penryn, St Agnes, Perranporth, Portreath, Newquay, St Austell (excluding Roseland & coast to St Austell)
Please check my availability early...
Some families book their home hypnobirthing classes before deciding if they'd like discounted doula support as well, otherwise fill out this form and (if I'm available to be on-call for your dates) I'll pop round to explain more about being your birth doula, answer your queries and to see if we 'click'...