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with Jude Soames Doula with Doula UK
Many parents feel overwhelmed by a new baby's arrival – their focus was on the labour and achieving a positive outcome, but the time following the labour can be the most challenging, and unlike labour it lasts for weeks! A Postnatal Doula aims to help and support a mother after the birth of a baby. This support can take many forms depending on the needs of the mother, and every situation is different.
The first 6-8 weeks after a baby is born is a precious time when the mother, father and baby are getting to know each other. Often new mothers feel they need to be managing the home, welcoming visitors, keeping in touch with work, etc. And new mothers put pressure on themselves to be perfect and get everything right! A postnatal doula is a reassuring presence, helping the mother to feel confident, happy and relaxed.
A Postnatal Doula works with the family and does not impose their own judgements or ideas. Their role is to enable the family to have the best and most positive time with their new baby. They work for the mother, so her needs come first, and what she wants for herself or her baby.
The days and times of my visits are tailored to fit in with the mother, and each visit is usually a 3 hour session, but I can be flexible depending on travel.
I am a mentored Postnatal Doula so my prices reflect this: A block booking of 20 hours is £200, and after the first 20 hours £12 per hour.
I am an experienced pregnancy and postnatal massage therapist so I can offer a postnatal massage during a session – this hour's massage will be charged at my massage rates (£40).
Please note I am not a cleaner nor a cook, so while I am very happy to help out in these areas remember I am not an expert!
Need more info?
For a directory of Birth and Postnatal Doulas see North East Doulas
For general information you can contact NPBC by email or 07812 950868.