Doula

DOULA SERVICES & BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY


In June 2019 I attended a Doula Preparation Course with Mars Lord of Abuela Doula, in order to learn more about being present and holding space for birthing people in a way that is intuitive and inclusive.


For me this was a natural progression as it allows me to support parents before, during and after birth. I am incredibly excited about the new adventures and relationships that this will bring.


I chose to undertake the Abuela Doula course because I felt it was important to be able to work in a way which was culturally aware and culturally safe, as well as understanding more about the history of birth work throughout the world.  Doulas are not just for one type of person, or one type of birth, and there should be a doula to fit every family.  I enjoyed being able to explore more about birth traditions and historical wisdom, both in my own culture and those of the other doulas.


I understand that hiring a doula can feel daunting.  Not only is it a very close intimate relationship inviting someone outside of your family to attend the birth of your baby, it can feel like a lot of money to spend and a huge decision deciding who to engage. I meet or speak to every client before a booking to ensure that we are a good fit, and that I have answered any questions before booking.


I can offer payment plans for those on a low income and I am always happy to consider alternative payments such as service for service payments.   If you would love a doula but do not feel one is within your budget please do contact me and we will find a way to make it work.


I also offer gift vouchers and wish lists so that packages or doula hours can be gifted.


My plan for 2021 is to combine my love of photography and my love of all things birth, and offer birth and newborn photography alongside my doula services.

PACKAGES


I am able to offer a tailored service, depending on what level of support you feel you need.  Below is a guide to the packages available, however, should you wish to book my services we will have a full discussion about what you are looking for, and I will confirm the cost to you prior to you booking.


I cover Chichester and the surrounding areas up to 1.5 hours journey from my home, including births at St Richards, QA, The Grange Maternity Centre and Worthing Hospital.

PACKAGE 1 - ESSENTIAL SUPPORT - £730


Antenatal

2 x 2 hour antenatal sessions, including birth preferences.


The Birth

On call from 38 - 43 weeks.

I will attend as soon as you go into labour, until after the baby arrives, leaving when you feel confident.


Postnatal

1 x 2 hour visit.  I can help with practical issues such as housework, food preparation or taking care of the baby, or can be on hand to provide breastfeeding support or birth debriefing, or simply to provide company.




PACKAGE 2 - EMBRACE - £880


Antenatal

4 x 2 hour antenatal sessions, which can include antenatal prep, hypnobirthing birth preferences and pregnancy relaxation as required.

2x special meals for your freezer designed to nourish a new mother (these will be tailored to your specific dietary requirements).


The Birth

On call from 38 - 43 weeks

I will attend as soon as you go into labour, until after the baby arrives, leaving only when you feel confident.

I will bring special energy food and drink for labour.

Loan of birth pool, TENS machine and Birth Ball if required.

I am able to take some photos of the key moments if required on a DSLR (although this will not be my main function and will be dependent on the situation).


Postnatal

2 x 2 hour visits, including a relaxation for new mothers if desired.


PACKAGE 3 - BIRTH & BEYOND - £1100


Antenatal

4 x 2 hour antenatal sessions, which can include antenatal prep, hypnobirthing birth preferences and pregnancy relaxation as required.

2x special meals for your freezer designed to nourish a new mother (these will be tailored to your specific dietary requirements).


The Birth

On call from 38 - 43 weeks

I will attend as soon as you go into labour, until after the baby arrives, leaving only when you feel confident.

I will bring special energy food and drink for labour.

Loan of birth pool, TENS machine and Birth Ball if required.

I am able to take some photos of the key moments if required on a DSLR (although this will not be my main function and will be dependent on the situation).


Postnatal

4 x 2 hour visits, including a relaxation for new mothers if desired.

PACKAGE 4 - BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY ONLY - £750


Benefits: 


Free initial consultation


In-depth call at your home to discuss plans for the birth and options.


On call from 38 weeks-43 weeks.


Documentary style of photography, with the key moments of labour, birth and the early hours as a new family.


A quiet and unobtrusive experience, where I remain in the background to allow the birth to unfold undisturbed.


A USB stick with finished high-resolution images




POSTNATAL - TRANQUILITY - £270


Postnatal Only

6 x 2 hour visits, including a relaxation.  These visits can include light housework, errands such as grocery shopping, cooking meals, breastfeeding support, or holding the baby so you can catch up on some sleep.


Sling advice or cloth nappy demonstration available (with loan of either if required).


2x meals for your freezer designed to nourish (these will be tailored to your specific dietary requirements).




POSTNATAL - NOURISH - £750


Postnatal Only

This is a 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 1 package.  It involves two hour visits per day for 5 days in the first week, 4 days in the second week, 3 in the third week and so on.  This allows new parents to have full support in the first weeks when they are finding their feet, and recovering from birth but allows courage and confidence to increase as the weeks progress.  


The focus of this package is very much on wellness, both physically and emotionally, with an emphasis on allowing each family to find their own rhythm


The initial weeks are looked at as a lying-in period; I support you to recuperate as much as possible while concentrating on bonding with your baby.


Nourishing (and tasty!) food and caudles are freshly prepared to ensure the birthing person is building their strength following birth to aid recovery.


A full birth debrief is offered to allow both parents the opportunity to process the birth and their emotions.  This is a chance to allow any emotions to be released in a safe and non-judgemental space.


A relaxation is offered each week to allow the parents to build confidence in their abilities as parents and to trust their instincts.  This can also include a breastfeeding/ chestfeeding relaxation to work with the ebb and flow of nursing.



Additional Hours or one-off Sessions also available at a rate of £25p/h. 

I am available as a night doula and rates are available on request.


WEST SUSSEX HYPNOBIRTHING

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Bespoke hypnobirthing and doula services in West Sussex.





GET IN TOUCH

 

Email: nicky@westsussexhypnobirthing.co.uk

Phone: 07714 311286




If you are interested in antenatal classes which are completely inclusive and designed for the whole community, with subsidised classes available for those on a low wage, then please take a look at Glow Births CIC www.glowbirthsandbabies.co.uk

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