The first six weeks following birth can be a big personal challenge. Post-delivery recovery, lochia, surging hormones, overwhelming emotions in response to baby and a desperate lack of sleep can strike even the most resilient woman to the core. Many mothers feel elated with their new baby but struggling to get through physical recovery whilst adjusting to the new rhythm of day blurring into night.
As a postnatal doula, I offer postnatal support to mothers that consists of at least two two-hour in-person visits to help adjustment into the intense and remarkable world of life with a newborn.
As the midwives take care of the physical needs of checking baby’s weight and the mother’s healing wounds, I hold space for the mother’s emotions and energy.
Together, we can find a way of enjoying the hectic vibrancy of this time, even when the lack of sleep and drained emotion are coming dangerously close to sapping the miraculous out of this once-in-a-lifetime chapter for you and your baby.
Postnatal support includes, but is not limited to:
- debriefing the birth and reflecting
- practical relief for mum – time to get some sleep!
- postpartum body questions and advice
- “What do they want??!” Help reading baby’s ‘cues’, cries and signs
- breastfeeding support
- bottle feeding support
- help with baby colic
- feeding baby
- dressing baby
- bathing baby
- holding baby
- working with mum’s partner or immediate support network to build a sustainable care plan
How is the postnatal doula support structured?
My postnatal doula support is offered as part of the overall doula package or separately.
The fee is £25 an hour or £120 for a six-hour block.
Parent Craft workshops
As well as the doula support, I also offer structured parent craft workshops. These are structured workshops designed to gently guide parents along the path through parenthood and can be taken at any time before or after birth. You can find our more about this service here.