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with Jude Soames mentored 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 can last 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.
I believe that the first 6-8 weeks after a baby is born is a time for softening, slowing down, healing, bonding, resting. This is about allowing the mother and baby time and space to discover and learn about each other. Often mothers feel they need to be doing other things, managing the home, welcoming visitors, keeping in touch with work, etc. The postnatal doula can help the mother to keep a healthy balance, and works with the mother to ensure she is happy and relaxed.
Any parent who is expecting a baby or very recently had a baby! 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.
Listen to you and create space and time for you
Care about any challenges you are facing
Celebrate your every day tiny achievements
Light housework chores, eg. Cooking, Laundry, Shopping
Helping with travel
Helping with older siblings
Helping with or looking after your baby/ies
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!
Usually I will meet with the mother (and other care givers) before the baby is born and she can give me an idea of the types of things she expects to need help with. Once the baby is born the mother's expectations may change, so my first visit will be to check in on the mother and reassess how she would like me work.
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).
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.