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Doula Services

The role of a doula is to provide support where support is needed.  To be a friend, an advocate, a non-judgemental listener.  To hold a safe space and enable self-exploration and personal growth.  To be a calm companion or a staunch gate keeper, as needed.

Doulas are not medical clinicians but work alongside midwives, doctors, health visitors and other medical professionals, helping parents to access evidence-based information, giving them the space and the tools to explore their options thoroughly and empowering them to make informed decisions about their care and that of their babies.

  • Preparation for labour, birth and parenting

     

    Antenatal Doula

    It can be really confusing and overwhelming for parents to understand the choices they have around birth.  Many feel that their birth experience is in the hands of medical professionals and may be beyond their control.

    I can support you regardless of the type of birth you are hoping to achieve, helping you to pick your way through the forest of advice, statistics and clinical guidelines, so that you understand what your options are, what they mean in your individual case, and empowering you to work with your care givers to find the right path for you and your family.

    Whether you are planning a caesarean birth, a hospital vaginal birth or a home birth, or any other variation, I can offer you the time and space to prepare to meet your baby.  We can work together to build the resilience you need to make it an empowering experience for all concerned.

    I offer personalised, private sessions for pregnant people and their chosen birth partners, in your own home.  Maybe you just need a couple of hours to think about the process of birth and which self-care and coping measures might work for you, or maybe you need a much longer course with several sessions covering birth preparation, caring for your newborn baby, preparation for feeding and exploration of your transition to parenthood.  We can organise as many sessions as you need and we will have the flexibility to adapt the course as we go.  More sessions can be added by arrangement as the need arises.  Maybe you need to have a chat to unpick a complex meeting with your consultant, or maybe your partner is worried and needs to have a session on the role of the birth partner.  As your doula I will offer you whatever emotional and practical support you need on your parenting journey.

  • A full package of support before, during and after the arrival of your baby

    Birth Doula

    For all of human history, birthing women have been accompanied on their journey by experienced, wise, calm, compassionate companions.  The role of a birth doula is to offer practical and emotional support before, during and after the arrival of your child.  I will not replace your partner or your midwifery team, but I’ll work with them, easing communication channels and looking after you.  I will not offer medical advice or treatment,  but I’ll help you navigate your medical options and ensure you understand what is happening.  I can hold the space, protect your wishes and your birth plan, help you to feel heard, empowered and confident enough to make informed, balanced decisions about your care and that of your baby.  We will have some time, antenatally, to get to know each other and for you to tell me your concerns, wishes and plans.  I will be with you for the birth, for as long and as present as you want and hospital protocols allow, and I will stay with you and your new child, quietly supporting until you are settled.  We will then have some postnatal sessions where I can support your transition, help with other children and enable you to rest and adapt.

     

    A full package of support before, during and after the arrival of your baby

  • Practical and emotional support for the postnatal period

     

    Postnatal Doula

    For some, becoming a parent can be a time of confusion and overwhelm.  Many parents feel isolated and struggle to cope with the relentlessness of caring for a new baby, often alone, for large parts of the day.  Doulas offer a service that is as old as humanity, and just as vital in these modern times as it has ever been.

    We will work together in a fluid and adaptable way, drawing from my various services and skills sets to match your changing needs.  I may work with just the mother, the mother and baby dyad, the co-parent or other care givers, or the whole family.

    Whether it’s breastfeeding support, baby carrying guidance and help with the practicalities of looking after a newborn, relaxation and mindfulness techniques, or an attentive, non-judgemental ear as you process your birth story, I can help ease your transition to your new normal and support your postnatal recovery.

  • Using rebozos for pregnancy, labour, birth and beyond

    Scarf techniques and therapies

    A rebozo is a traditional shawl or scarf worn by women in South America.  It is often presented to girls at menarche and is used as a garment and as a carrying aid for babies and bundles for her whole life.  Rebozos are also frequently used as comfort aids in pregnancy, labour and birth, as well as in traditional postpartum ceremonies such as Closing the Bones.

    As a white, european woman I have drawn on my own cultural heritage to blend and adapt this traditional use of scarves and textiles in the perinatal period, taking inspiration from my own yarn craft and western ideas of relaxation and wellbeing, as well as modern medical and clinical practice.

    I trained with Nicola Nelson on her RCM accredited course – Beyond Rebozo, and am now delighted to be able to offer rebozo techniques as part of my Doula service.  I can show you how to use a long scarf to provide comfort and support during pregnancy, labour and birth, including teaching your birth partner some simple but highly effective techniques.

    I also offer a postnatal recovery scarf binding which combines elements of South American Closing the Bones rituals with western postnatal traditions and modern mindfulness techniques.

     

    Using rebozos for pregnancy, labour, birth and beyond

  • Support to use slings and carriers to keep your baby close and nurtured

     

    Baby Carrying Consultancy

    Babywearing is about so much more than hands-free parenting and protecting your back.  The benefits for babies and carers are numerous and based in sound evidence.  We are a species of carrying mammal and our babies are born expecting not to be put down for extended periods of time.  For thousands of years humans have used textiles to support their babies on their bodies and now the market for baby slings, wraps and carriers is huge.  It can seem overwhelming to have to choose what might work for you.  Understanding a bit about the pros and cons of different systems, and how to optimise each one for you and your baby can help cut through the noise and give you the confidence to wear your baby with pride!

  • Help with setting aside the heavy feelings that can linger following a traumatic experience

    Birth Trauma Relief

    As well as the usual and expected challenges faced by all new parents, I work with some families who feel traumatised by the events surrounding the birth of their babies.  Some parents find it hard to set aside those scary feelings of being out of control, or fear for their own or their loved ones safety, that can accompany some birth journeys.  Symptoms of trauma can hold parents back from bonding with their baby and fully embracing their new role.

    I trained with Alexandra Heath, of Traumatic Birth Recovery to become an accredited 3 Step Rewind practitioner.  Using safe, gentle hypnotherapy techniques, I can work with you to help lift the symptoms that can remain following a traumatic experience in the perinatal period.

    Please click below for more details of how and why the 3 Step Rewind programme works, or contact me to discuss your case and see if I might be able to help you feel better.

     

    Help with setting aside the heavy feelings that can linger following a traumatic experience

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