Wendy Wood qualified as a Doula with Nuturing Birth in 2012.
I have much experience in this and take great knowledge and experience from my many years working as a Midwife and as a mum to Charlie 7yrs, Alfie 4yrs and as step mum to Leah 23yrs and Carys 20yrs. I offer both in person Doula Support and also Remote Doula Support.
Benefits of a Doula
Research has shown that having a doula present at a birth ;
- Shortens first-time labour by an average of 2 hours
- Decreases the chance of caesarean section by 50%
- Decreases the need for pain medication
- Helps fathers participate with confidence
- Increases success in breastfeeding
What is a Doula?
Doula \DOO-luh\ is an experienced and trained person who offers emotional and practical support to a woman (or couple) before, during and after childbirth. A doula believes in “mothering the mother” – enabling a woman to have the most satisfying and empowered time that she can during pregnancy, birth and the early days as a new mum. This type of support enables the whole family to relax and enjoy the experience, in the knowledge that the Doula is there taking care of the fine detail and practical side of things.
More and more these days people live long distances from their families, who traditionally would have been around to offer support. A Doula takes on this supportive role, both practically and emotionally.
Birth can be a positive, satisfying and empowering experience for women and their partners. Having a baby is the most precious, life-changing time and all too often parents come away from it feeling traumatised and disappointed by their experience. I think that every woman deserves emotional and practical support before, during and after childbirth and believe that having doula support can give you the experience you hope for.
In preparation for the birth I offer at least two antenatal appointments to talk through any previous births (if applicable), your hopes, fears and expectations of the labour ahead. We look at the physiology of birth and gain an awareness of all the options that are available to you during pregnancy, birth and once your baby has arrived. Together we will put together some birth preferences. We will allow for the unpredictability of labour, but ensure that your desires/needs are met and realised. We will spend time looking at the options available to you and your partner.
I will be on call 24 hours a day once you reach 38 weeks pregnancy. At times I may require the back up of a second Doula to ensure we can ensure cover to you. I would naturally encourage you to meet with this Doula during the antenatal period and ensure you are happy with this.
Once in labour I will be in constant attendance to give you confidence, help you make informed decisions, facilitate communication between you and the trained staff, remind you of your wishes and to support both you and your partner. I will stay with you after the birth until mother and baby are settled, feeding happily. I am very experienced in home and hospital birth and happy to support you in your chosen place of birth.
We may discuss options of involving a second Doula to ensure complete cover during your on call period. There would of course be an opportunity to meet with the Doula and ensure you are happy with this arrangement.
It is possible to book the entire package which would include Antenatal preparation, Hypnobirthing, Birth Support and Postnatal Support. Alternatively, you can mix and match whichever service you are interested in. I can be totally flexible and am happy to discuss your needs and tailor a package of support just for you.
To find out more or to enquire about prices/booking, please email email@example.com or call Wendy on 07716 321477
There is no charge for an initial meeting, either at my home or yours. This is such a special time and it is essential that you ‘click’ with the Doula. Therefore I recommend you meet with a few doulas to ensure you work with the person most suited to you.
I will support you to keep calm, relax and achieve the birth you would like.
My experience as a Midwife, Doula and Hypnobirthing Practitioner ensure that I can offer you the best support.
If you would like to know more please don’t hesitate to call me on 07716 321477 or email firstname.lastname@example.org