birth doula newcastle and north tyneside

Being a birth doula and attending a birth is a privilege and one of the most amazing experiences, I don’t think I will ever tire of seeing a woman bring her baby into the world.  Birth is raw, it can be challenging, it can be tough going at times and it can also be pretty brilliant.

I love being a birth doula, I provide continuous emotional and practical support, hand holding, reassurance and guiding dads when needed. For me, it is about being flexible to meet the needs of a labouring woman- this has involved…

support and reassurance during those early hours of labour | help with the TENS machine | filling the birth pool and monitoring the temperature | ongoing support so dads have been able to sleep and take a break | offering ideas and support with positions and different coping strategies to manage pain, energy and any worries | offering drinks, cuddles and a hand to hold | help with breathing to stay calm and in control | providing reassurance for partners | providing support, reassurance, information | listening | working with midwives to understand options, especially when different decisions have been needed | being a trusted and experienced birth companion

Doula support is an ideal way to supplement the care provided by midwives and I know it makes a difference. During long labours, even when I can sit back and rest, I remain focused so I can respond when her eyes search for me in need of reassurance. Being a doula is about offering ongoing, one to one support.


My birth doula package includes…

  • 2 antenatal sessions
    to talk through any anxieties or concerns about labour & birth and to help you feel better prepared for birth
  • birth plan/preferences 
    to ensure this is realistic and that it affectively communicates your wishes
  • on call from 38 weeks
    when I am also at the end of the phone for any support and reassurance, which can be very helpful if you go over your due date
  • labour & birth support
    when I will provide continuous practical and emotional support for you and your partner, to do all I can to ensure your wishes are respected and to help you feel safe, calm, confident, listened to and supported throughout
  • 1 postnatal visit when you get home
    so you can talk about the birth and ask questions about your new baby
  • phone support in the first week with your new baby
    so I am on hand for reassurance

This package is £450 (£350 if you have booked my antenatal course or birth consultations with me) and you can also book an additional 2 postnatal visits to provide more support in those early days and weeks for £95.


My last-minute doula service

If you have attended any of my birth preparation sessions, you can contact me towards the end of your pregnancy or during labour and, if I am available, I will provide birth support for you.

This also includes:

  • 1 postnatal visit when you get home
    so you can talk about the birth and ask questions about your new baby
  • phone support in the first week with your new baby
    so I am on hand for reassurance

This package is £250 and you can also book an additional 2 postnatal visits to provide more support in those early days and weeks for £95.


Research has found that the benefits of having a birth doula include…

ongoing support & reassurance from an experienced birth practitioner | fewer caesareans, medical interventions, epidurals | shorter labours | increased satisfaction

 

 

I am a well trained and experienced birth practitioner – I have worked with hundreds of expectant parents since 2002 and I have attended a number of births as a doula since 2009.

My role as a doula is to be part of your team, I don’t replace your midwife or your partner. I provide ongoing practical and emotional support and reassurance for you and your partner so you can feel safe, confident, comfortable, informed and supported throughout labour & birth, which could be at home or in hospital.

I only take 4 doula bookings each year and I only take one booking at a time so I will not be on call for anyone else. I take bookings for due dates in…

January, February, March, May, June, September, October, November, December

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any queries and to check my availability.

Janine