Obstetric consultant pregnancy
For parents to be who have been classed as in the higher risk category, and therefore being cared for by consultant obstetricians, it can be a confusing, daunting and often frightening time. I can offer you a personalised Doula service to help support you through your pregnancy and beyond.
VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean), previous pregnancy loss, medical concerns, multiple births, high BMI (body mass index) high blood pressure, previous birth history, risk of haemorrhage, breech position babies or babies growth concerns are just some of the reasons women are cared for by both midwives and doctors.
I have experience of higher risk pregnancy care and birth and will be able to offer a reassuring presence. Through our antenatal meetings you will gain confidence and more fully understand your personal circumstances, what choices you have and what to expect. We will work together with your clinical carers to ensure you have informed choice, control and feel safe.
A high risk birth, induced birth or a caesarean birth can still be a goodbirth, and a positive, empowering, wonderful experience.
We can arrange a free 45 min-1 hour visit at your home, cafe or place of your choice, or in 'The Snug' at the GOODBIRTH office, to discuss your personal needs. If you choose to book, we will work out a personalised Birth Doula package to suit you.
I also offer Hypnobirthing which can be very helpful for women with a higher risk pregnancy. Please see Hypnobirthing page for more details.
Services will be your choice but may include:
Two antenatal preparation meetings (or attendance at appointments) Approximately 3 hours each.
Attendance at your hospital appointments if you wish
Debriefing any previous traumatic birth experience
On call for your birth from a time agreed until after birth
Continuous labour support, or support in antenatal ward/theatre if applicable
Telephone/text/email support in pregnancy and until your baby is 6 weeks old.
Birth support, including induced and caesarean births
Postnatal support immediately after birth (see postnatal services for further support)
Care of the Newborn
Postnatal visit (approximately 3 hours) within the first two weeks. Further postnatal support can be arranged if required, please see postnatal services.
Practical and emotional support
Personalised Birth Doula package £700-800 depending on choices*
Personalised Birth Doula package plus Hypnobirthing £800-900 depending on choices*
Birth Preparation Courses (see page) from £30 for individualised private antenatal class.
*PLEASE NOTE, I BELIEVE EVERY PARENT SHOULD HAVE THE CHOICE OF DOULA SUPPORT AND HYPNOBIRTHING. PLEASE CONTACT ME TO DISCUSS YOUR NEEDS IF FINANCES OR CIRCUMSTANCES ARE DIFFICULT OR ON INCOME SUPPORT.
DOULA UK HAVE AN ACCESS FUND AND ALSO SELL GIFT VOUCHERS. INSTALLMENT PAYMENTS ARE ACCEPTED. I WILL CONSIDER SKILL/SERVICE SWAPS.