What does a postnatal doula do?
- Listening and offering emotional support, encouragement and information;
- Helping mum to get some rest;
- Making a sandwich and a cup of tea;
- Helping parents learn about newborn care and calming, and to get to know their baby;
- Building confidence as a mother;
- Good company and a sense of humour;
- A well of calm;
- General support with premature twins;
- Supporting mum on her first trips out with her baby;
- Offering specialist breastfeeding support, and help with feeding decisions;
- Little jobs around the house;
- Finding sources of social and professional support in the area.
I work in Wokingham, Bracknell, Reading, Woodley, Crowthorne, Twyford, Ascot, Sandhurst, Yateley, Finchampstead, Winnersh, Earley and other parts of Berkshire and Surrey.
I provide quiet support, to help you gain confidence as a parent. I provide ONLY evidence-based information, and do not offer advice. I do not offer complementary medicine or alternative therapies. I do help you to find ways of coping with the more challenging aspects of normal baby behaviour.
I know my limitations, and signpost you to other sources of support if you need something that I don’t have.
A doula’s role is to help you to discover how YOU want to do things. I believe that it is important not to impose our views about parenting on you, but I can help you find out about different ways of doing things.
I know that I will never know everything about being a doula, and that I will learn something from every family I meet.
I charge £20/hour for visits in your own home, to include mileage up to a 20 mile round trip. Mileage above this is charged at 45p per mile.