"Alice's support was invaluable...she kept so calm even when she realised I needed to push and the midwife was not yet there!" Lian, St Agnes
The Greek word δούλα means female servant. A doula is an experienced, knowledgeable person chosen by you, who offers continuous care, emotional and practical support, antenatal education, preparation and neutral guidance to women and their birth partner throughout pregnancy, birth and the early days...
|♡ Helps to nurture and protect precious lifetime memories of a positive birth experience |
♡ Understands birth physiology and your emotional needs
♡ Encourages birth partners to participate at their own comfort level
♡ Facilitates communication between women, partners and care providers
Studies indicate that our positive influence is enhanced when we're neither a member of the hospital staff nor a part of your usual social circle. Doula supported births may be:
- rated as more satisfying
- more comfortable
- less complex
I've been a doula for 13 years, and a trainee midwife for just over two years prior to that. My 'baby-catching' days were an invaluable insight into NHS maternity care ~ I've experienced the system inside and out, both as a professional and as a mother (about me).
The Royal College of Midwives supports a mother's choice to engage the services of a doula. Although it's an unregulated field, I chose to become certified via a Doula UK accredited training provider, and have completed the Doula UK 'recognition process' in the past.
"Alice made both my husband and I feel totally at ease and with her positive support I was able to prepare for the birth with confidence" Abigail, Helston
I love empowering you to welcome your baby into the world positively ~ it's such an honour to be a part of your journey! My practice is woman-centred and evidence-based. I aim to inform and support you both to become more confident, however you give birth.
Excellent antenatal preparation is key. I work with you and your chosen birth partner extensively during pregnancy. I typically visit for up to ten hours of personalised antenatal education and support, as required.
We fully explore the birth process, comfort measures (including hypnobirthing), your choices / options, feeding, adapting to postnatal life and more. Subsequently, by the time of the birth, my families are very well prepared, and relaxed.
Afterwards I'll visit once or twice to help debrief your birth experience, offer feeding support and admire your baby!
Can we have antenatal classes without the birth support?
Of course! I'm very happy to visit for private antenatal classes at home (£25 per hour*)
How much do doulas in Cornwall charge?
Trainees usually charge expenses only, up to a few hundred pounds. Established doulas charge up to £1,200 for a complete on-call package of care, depending on experience.
I offer a £25 per hour 'pay as you go' birth support service for my existing face-to-face hypnobirthing clients on special request, especially when there are some dates I'm not available during their on-call period (e.g. every Mon & Wed, March-Oct).
Message me to find out my availability :)
Areas usually covered...
Penwith, Penzance, St Ives, Hayle, Helston, Lizard, Camborne, Redruth, Truro, Falmouth, Penryn, St Agnes, Perranporth, Portreath, Newquay, St Columb, Mawgan, Bodmin, Padstow, Wadebridge, St Austell