Services

Free Consultation 

Our initial meeting is free of charge. I am more than happy to come out to you and chat for an hour. I love a good chat about birth! We can also have an initial chat on the phone before this.

 

Birth Doula Packages

Beyond your Wildest Dreams: £1750 - including a 1:1 Spinning Babies Parent Class, 1:1 Wilder Hypnobirthing full antenatal course, 1:1 Preparing to Breastfeed class, expenses, mileage, a Chocolate Guinness Cake, a 2 hour postnatal doula session & a Closing the Bones postnatal massage.

Wildest Dreams: £1500 - including a 1:1 Spinning Babies Parent Class, 1:1 Preparing to Breastfeed class, expenses, mileage, a Chocolate Guinness Cake, a 2 hour postnatal doula session & a Closing the Bones postnatal massage.

Been There, Done That £200 discount on either of the Wildest packages, if you're planning a home birth & have given birth before, including in-labour c sections.

Call of the Wild: £1250 - last minute doula, available from 37 weeks. Including a 1:1 Spinning Babies Parent Class, expenses, mileage, a Chocolate Guinness Cake, a 2 hour Postnatal Doula session & a Closing the Bones postnatal massage.

I Want you Back: £1250 - Repeat clients and two places per year for lower income families. Don't be afraid to ask! Including a 1:1 Spinning Babies Parent Class, 1:1 Preparing to Breastfeed class, expenses, mileage, a Chocolate Guinness Cake, a 2 hour postnatal doula session & a Closing the Bones postnatal massage.

Pimp my Birth Partner: £750 - Pregnancy and postnatal support (not including birth, or in-labour phone support only). Including a 1:1 Spinning Babies Parent Class, 1:1 Preparing to Breastfeed class, expenses, mileage, a Chocolate Guinness Cake, a 2 hour postnatal doula session & a Closing the Bones postnatal massage.

Extras: My packages include optional use of a pro birth pool, a tens machine, a CUB inflatable birth stool, a valley cushion, peanut ball, books & DVDs. I have an iPhone 12 Pro for low light birth photography.

Uber Doula Troubleshooter £50/hr in labour support, using my all my doula and Spinning Baby skills to help in-person with labour progression and problems. I take calls strictly between 8am and 8pm. A 15 minute call is free. I have to say that it is easier to tell you things you can do if you have taken a Spinning Babies Parent Class with me and you have the handouts. Some of the positions can seem counter intuitive, especially to a primal, labouring brain.

Postnatal Doula care, £17 per hour, or 20 hrs for £300. This includes feeding support (I'm a certified Infant Feeding Coach). I bring my stretchy sling and help you find your feet in whichever way you need, whether that's looking after your baby, chatting with you, doing light housework, hanging out with older children, walking the dog; whatever it takes to feel like you're acing motherhood! Parking fees not included.

Closing the Bones postnatal massage in your home £50. This is a traditional massage from Ecuador & Mexico and is done clothed, including oil on the belly and hips & gentle rocking with a scarf (also known as a manta or rebozo).

Spinning Babies Parent Class £50 group, £80 one to one, £85 1:1 online. Suitable from 20 weeks, giving comfort in pregnancy & ease of birth: not just for breech, or back-to-back babies! Brilliant used preemptively. Since teaching this to all my clients from Nov 2018, I have only supported one long birth and around 40 very straightforward births (and counting). Spinning Babies changed my life! Not only do I have the skills to help my clients if their birth is going off piste, when they practice body balancing in pregnancy, I very rarely need to use those skills.

Wilder Hypnobirthing Full KGH Antenatal Course £300 1:1 12 hour complete antenatal and hypnobirthing course in your home, or my yurt in Southease. This is the KGH course with added biomechanics, breastfeeding and microbiome info. Group course: £225

Breastfeeding Support: £20 for one hour.

Getting Ready to Breastfeed class: £40 (1.5 hours)

Rewild your Birth: free, monthly group.

Mother Blessing: £150 Tailored to your needs, either in your home, or my red-lined yurt in Southease.

Birth Pool Hire: £50 Birth Pool in a Box Pro Pools

Doula Mentoring - I mentor for Doula UK.

Labour of Love Doulas monthly group £15 per person. Supercharge your doula business and learn skills with me in my yurt in Southease.

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As a Doula, I  Do Not:

Phone & Email Support 

I'm available for support & advice any time. If I don't know the answer to your query or concern, I will research it for you. Towards your due date, that availability extends to the middle of the night.

2-4 Prenatal Visits 

It's good to keep in touch & get to know each other well. Sometimes I need to do extra visits to get to know your children, if there's a chance that I'll be doing childcare during your labour. Hopefully, we'll also see each other at the monthly Rewild your Birth Group as well. Please note, if we start working together close to your due date, there may only be time for one antenatal session.

Professional Information 

I've been a Doula since 2010. I'm Doula UK certified, a Doula UK Doula Mentor & DUK Regional Rep for East Sussex. In 2018 I became the first certified Spinning Babies Parent Educator in the UK. I'm a KGHypnobirthing Teacher & a certified Infant Feeding Coach. I have a Landrover, for snowy birth nights. My car is serviced regularly.

 

Workshops/Groups/Mother Blessings

I host the monthly East Sussex Home Birth Group in Lewes. I am available for birth preparation talks, individually or for couples or small groups locally, or via Skype/Zoom. I can hold a Mother Blessing for you, either in your space or in my red-lined yurt in Southease. Imagine gathering your best & most inspiring female friends for a less commercial version of a Babyshower.

 

On Call

I am officially on call for you for the period covering ten days before your due date & two weeks after. If your baby arrives earlier or later, I will attend your birth if I can, or send one of my experienced back-ups, otherwise. I always have an experienced back up I can call on.

Perform any clinical tasks

I'm not medically trained.

 

Come beween you & your partner

I fit in where needed to support you both & help your partner to be your rock. You will remember how awsome they were for ever.

Make decisions for you 

I will know your birth preferences. I can rephrase questions, voice concerns or buy you time to make decisions, but I won't make decisions for you.

Drink, travel far away or turn my phone off

When I'm on call. Yes, really I don't drink, don't smoke (what do I do?)!

Project any of my own beliefs onto your experience

We are all different & we all birth differently & raise our children differently. My job is to understand what you want & to support you, whether that's for a homebirth, hospital birth or planned section. 

 

Eat garlic or cheese & onion crisps, or wear perfume

I'm also a non-smoker. Labouring women have sensitive snouts! 

During Labour 

I will come & support you through your labour, whether it's long or short, day or night, from the time that you would like me to be there.

I also have some brilliant back-up doulas, who can come if I break a leg (which hasn't happened yet; I've never missed s birth). Update: after a decade of doulaing, it finally happened, two labours on the same day; my fantastic back up supported a fast and fabulous first birth (38 weeks), while I was supporting another (42 weeks). All was well and everybody was happy. With my biomechanics skills, I can help with labour progress if there's a problem or discomfort, but because I teach all my clients the Spinning Babies Parent Class at around 20 weeks, I rarely need to get my fancy skills out, as when the body is balanced and ready, birth tends to go more smoothly.

Baby’s First Feeds

I will check that your baby is feeding well. Sometimes feeding can be tricky to establish, in which case I can offer you extra support. I breastfed my babies & followed up my Peer Supporter Training by becoming a certified Infant Feeding Coach.

Postnatal Follow-up Visit & Birth Debrief

I will come and visit you in the days after the birth & make sure everything is going well. I always bring a cake (most often my famous, 'Best Cake at Glastonbury Festival' champion Chocolate Guinness Cake), but can bring a good Ayurvedic Dahl instead, if requested. I can adapt the cake to be vegan &/or gluten free. A client recently said that the vegan version was amazing & that I 'could make a business out of that cake'. I replied that I have, it's called The Beloved's Arms & can be found at Glastonbury & Buddhafield festivals!

A Two Hour Postnatal Doula Session

I really want to make sure that you & your baby get off to a good start & I offer a session where I come & help with the baby (while you sleep) & with light housework (while you feed). I can also offer feeding support.