Birth is an amazing moment in a womens life, every woman deserves to be treated like a goddess. She is after all birthing another human being so should be nurtured, respected and supported during this time. If every woman receives this kind of care no matter what path her birth takes she will have a positive and empowering experience.
I want to support women to have the birth they choose, to feel their informed choices are supported. I want her to feel relaxed, safe and happy and most importantly empowered to feel she can make the right choices herself to birth her baby calmly.
I can support you on your birth journey and transition into motherhood.
- Recognised Birth Doula
- Doula & Hypnobirthing
- Birth Rewind (For Birth Trauma)
- Indian Head Massage
- Relaxation with Sound
- Sound Healing
- Closing the Bones Abdominal Massage
My fee and what it includes:
My fee starts at £600, includes:
- At least two antenatal sessions to help prepare you physically and emotionally.
- Treatment of your choice.
- I am on call 24 hours two weeks before your baby is guessed to arrive until the day they are born. This could be a possible 4 weeks or more. There are no time limits, we follow you and your babies needs.
- In that time I aim to never be more than 90 minutes from your home address.
- I will be by your side as soon as you need me until you are are happy for me to go home.
- You may want a more practical support in the background during birth, helping your partner, children, being there if needed. Or an more emotional support massage, holding your hand, stroking your hair. Or both and this could change during the birth.
- In labour I support you and your partner in however you need. Doulas are very good at following the women in the moment, responding sensitively always with love. It’s like having a caring sister by your side, totally focused on your needs. Helping you to feel safe, loved, informed, listened to, supported with your birth wishes no matter what path it takes.
- I also come for a post natal visit after and can give you a treatment, prepare a meal, do some house work and help signpost you to any info you may need.
Extra antenatal sessions can be added on for an extra fee or incorporate a 12 hour KG Hypnobirthing course birth package is £900 (you receive a £100 reduction fee, as normally £400)
The price of a Doula at first can seem expensive to some people, here is a fantastic blog written by Paula Cleary, Doula and founder of Birth Place Matters:
For detailed information on Doula’s, see the Doula UK website: http://doula.org.uk/
What is a Doula?
“A Doula is pronounced Doo-luh is an experienced woman who offers emotional and practical support to a woman (or couple) before, during and after childbirth.
A Doula believes in “mothering the mother” – enabling a woman to have the most satisfying and empowered time that she can during pregnancy, birth and the early days as a new parent. This type of support also helps the whole family to relax, adapt to and enjoy the experience.
As birth becomes ever-more medicalised there is far less continuity of care. A Doula is a valuable support during the antenatal period and through the birth itself, enabling parents to make informed choices about their care, signposting relevant research-based information and being a reassuring presence.
Postnatally, she is able to provide the support that women used to expect of their families and community in times gone by. She can give confidence as the new mother learns how to respond to her baby/babies’ needs, recovers from the birth and finds her feet.”
Taken from the Nurturing Birth website: Nurturing Birth Website
DOULA UK FILM:
Considering hiring a Doula?
Questions to ask a Prospective Birth Doula, see link: http://doula.org.uk/content/questions-ask-prospective-birth-doula
Questions to ask a Prospective Post Natal Doula, see link:http://doula.org.uk/content/questions-ask-prospective-postnatal-doula
Feedback from Clients:
I can’t recommend Shirley highly enough! Shirley is naturally a very giving and kind person which in my opinion makes her a very good doula candidate. Also Shirley has had 3 children of her own with 3 different birth experiences. Shirley is very knowledgeable about birth, babies, breast feeding, NHS, hormones and emotional needs and so is a great source of information to any pregnant woman and new mum.
Shirley is such a caring person and totally non judgemental. I felt totally comfortable with her from beginning to end sharing such an intimate experience with her. She is also very very passionate about what she does and gives it 100%. Barbara Fiennes
“Shirley was present at the birth of my second daughter as we attended her hypnobirthing class. We were happy to have her there as had built up a good relationship and thought it was a bonus to have a doula. She spent time with us beforehand to work out how best to support us, and made it very clear she was happy to help in any way and we could tell her what to do if needed! During the labour and birth, Shirley was very helpful as she was able to support me (light touch massage and holding hands during surges) when needed so my husband could do other things (organise childcare, speak with midwives, fill pool etc..). This really helped me progress as I could focus on my labour knowing everything else was being covered. She also came up with a lots of helpful tips and ideas which were really useful at the time, especially when things were taking time to progress e.g. certain positions to try, spoonful of honey for energy, trying light touch massage at certain times, support with breathing techniques…. Overall it was a bonus to have Shirley present, she is very knowledgeable but also knows how best to use that to help the situation. She was always very thoughtful in how she interacted with us (before and during) and always felt helpful and not obtrusive in any way.” Joanna Diss.
Shirley is my sister but before she taught me the concept of hypnobirthing I was terrified of labour. I didn’t even like to think about it. Shirley enlightened me on pregnancy, birthing and babies, and highlighted how natural the process is. By informing me on routine interventions and helping me to understand what is truly necessary, I began to trust my own innate wisdom opposed to feeling frightened, out of control, and at the hospital’s mercy. Shirley was able to deliver her knowledge, and signposted me to trusted research, but respected my opinions and wishes at the same time. My confidence in Shirley as a doula grew. (I realised she’s not just a bossy sister – she really knows her stuff!) and as the course and pregnancy developed… I was so empowered, I decided to have a home birth with my first baby! It was one of the most memorable beautiful experiences of my life and I’m forever grateful that Shirley was there with me through this journey – not just for me, but for my fiancé too. He benefitted profoundly from her support and reassurance. Shirley is extremely passionate in her work and an amazing teacher. Her perceptions are infectious rather than forced. Of course you’re going to think this is utterly bias. I suppose if you are lucky enough to have her as your doula, you’ll see for yourself. Happy Birthing! Grainne Selfridge
I don’t know what I would’ve done without Shirley, the preparation and support she gave us before and after our first baby was born made such a difference to us. When it came to baby no.2, had I not been in a different country, I’d definitely have had her by my side! She was able to help us with our birth choices, help us explain those choices to the hospital and despite needing a caesarean, was able to help suggest natural ways of bonding with our new baby. Can’t recommend her enough! Paula Wilson
Words don’t really cover my thanks and gratitude for making something that was so scary and daunting into something just amazing 🙂. You are so talented and passionate about what you do – thank goodness I am lucky enough to have found you! I am so happy to have shared this journey with you and I still cannot not quite believe that I did it. Had it not been for your guidance, belief in me and confidence in what you do I could not have done it. You are incredible at what you do! Thank you for your support to all of us throughout for helping me to bring little Lazlo into the world and all the on going support postnatally. He is already very chilled and loves the water. x Sarah Arnot Owen
I trained with Nurturing Birth as a Doula the end of 2014 and became a mentored doula April 2015 and a Recognised Birth Doula in May 2017. A Mentored Doula has completed a Doula UK approved Preparation Course and is involved in Doula UK’s Recognition Process. A Recognised Doula has been evaluated by a Doula UK Doula Mentor at the end of a Recognition process and has sufficient experience to continue without ongoing mentoring.
Contact Shirley for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org / 07970 202 473
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