The Role of a Postnatal Doula
My role as a postnatal doula is to nurture and support you, and other member's of your family during the precious first months, as you make the transition into parenthood, getting to know your new baby and yourself as parents.
The first three months post-birth are known as the fourth trimester (pregnancy making up the other three). It is a period of huge change and development in the newborn, as they adjust to life outside the womb, and is also a time of great change and development in your life as you get to know your baby and yourself as parents.
We have a Bon Voyage culture when it comes to the care of new parents - Well Done, Goodbye and Enjoy your trip.
In times gone by, a new mother would have been surrounded by female relatives and friends, all in different phases of life. She would probably have had her mother and aunties around to help her out, and her sisters and cousins with older babies to learn from and ask advice.
Nowadays the transition to parenthood can be isolating, lonely and confusing, with you being expected to cope alone, using text books and the internet for advice, and receiving sparse visits from health professionals. You might have few or no close friends or family with babies who you can learn from, and no older relatives living near enough to offer practical support.
I believe the fourth trimester should be a time when you are well supported, both emotionally and practically, allowing you to adjust, at your own pace, to life with a newborn. You should not be made to feel guilty or incapable for needing help –love and assistance should be something that every new parent has available to them, allowing you to grow in confidence in your new role.
We felt that Beverley met all our expectations, offering good support and reassurance as well as a shoulder to cry on – literally.
As your postnatal doula, I will have the care of you and your new family at the heart of what I do. I will look after you as a mother or aunty might have in the past. I will offer a non-judgemental listening ear.
Some of the ways I can support you include: –
- Listening to you talk about whatever you needs to, be this how to care for the baby, anxieties, joys, debriefing the birth or just having an adult conversation about the news!
- Playing with older siblings
- Watching the baby so you can have some time, maybe to rest or to take a bath, or to just sit.
- Shopping, running errands, cooking light meals.
- Light housework that will help you feel more relaxed.
- Assistance with breastfeeding, or bottle feeding (or any other feeding method).
- Help you find and access local resources - searching the internet for you and accompanying you out and about..
- Supporting your new family to grow in confidence.
Brazelton Newborn Baby Observation
The Newborn Baby Observation is a set of techniques designed to help you and me together observe all your baby’s capabilities and the ways they are communicating with you. It is not designed as a test, but as a means for parents to get to know and understand their new baby, and how they communicate with you better.
Together we would run through a set of observations to see how your baby is settling in to the world and what they are communicating to you.
It will include observations about your baby's sleep, how they respond to movement, sound and light, and how you can support them and soothe them when they cry. I will leave you with a little booklet with the observations in we have made, and how these might help you to care and respond to your baby. This is included as part of my postnatal support, but can also be booked separately. If you would like to know more about the NBO, please have a look at their website
- I am Fully insured.
- I have a valid DBS check certificate
- I have completed a Cache Level 2 childcare qualification.
- I have completed a Level 2 Nutrition qualification (including food hygiene and safety).
- I have completed a paediatric basic life support course.
- I have completed a 90-hour lactation specific education course, validated by the International Board-Certified Lactation Examiners.
- I am currently a student NCT 1:1 Breastfeeding Counsellor.
- I am a qualified Holistic sleep coach.
- I am a qualified Brazelton Newborn Baby observation practitioner.
Please see my training tab for more information about the recent training I have completed, and the testimonials page to see what previous clients say about me!
I offer a no obligations, free initial meeting so that we can get to know each other and talk about what support you are looking for and what I can offer. We would discuss what days and hours would be best for you.
Once you book, I will send you a questionnaire to complete so you can share your wishes, dreams and support needs with me. We will then meet on zoom to chat through your answers.
I will then come for a short pre-start session at your home to familiarise myself with your surroundings and allow you to show me where things are, and to meet any other children/pets you have.
I can begin work with you as soon as your baby has arrived, coming to hospital if needed, or can arrange to start once your partner has gone back to work.
I generally work a minimum of three hours at a time and suggest starting at around three to five days a week. We would gradually decrease the days worked as you become more confident in your role. The exact timings will be a matter of discussion as we work together.
I ask for you to book the first two weeks in advance, as a booking confirmation, then offer flexible, week by week booking, as I know how hard it is to predict what support you will need in advance. For this reason I do not offer any packages.
I am a recognised and experienced postnatal doula, and my Fee is £20 per hour.
I accept Doula UK gift vouchers (an ideal baby shower present!) and accept clients through the Doula UK Access fund.