Embodied doula support for pregnancy, birthing & postnatal families
Support for growing families.
what's a doula?
A doula is a non medical birth worker who can offer you emotional, physical, admin and home support during your pregnancy, birth and postnatal period.
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Hi, I'm Emilie and I'd love to support you through the body, mind and emotional transition into parenthood. Whether it's all new to you or you're growing your family, an extra pair of hands, a familiar face and an non-judgemental listener.
I'm mum to 2 boys and am passionate about the geeky stuff like anatomy and embodiment (how we inhabit our bodies) & ideally how we can use those things together for a more full experience in this here life. I also love cake, vintage stuff, dancing and ginger tea.
As well as a trained doula, I'm a yoga teacher and pregnancy and posntatal massage specialist (but I'm not hippified, mum and dad are scientists and I like facts and logic).
If you're looking for a birth or postnatal doula please have a read and get in touch if you'd like to meet for a chat.
what's a doula, and how does this work?
Doula comes from the greek word for a servant, but we've come along a bit since then - it's now more commonly used in the sense of 'mothering the mother' i.e. practical and emotional care for parents.
We don't do any of the medical or midwifery bits, but can be there as a continuous presence through pregnancy and into early parenthood for those that need longer support.
If you're thinking of having a doula for your birth, it's best to meet and chat with a few local doulas to see who clicks with you and your family.
Meeting up to see if we might be a good fit is totally free (we'll go for a cuppa in a coffee shop in town).
Give me a call or text and let's arrange it - 07536049097.
getting to know one another
Through pregancy we can get to know one another, explore options for birth and make plans for the kind of support you needs.
Antenatal package includes 3/4 prenatal sessions covering
Having a few sessions with time to chat and get to know one another makes supporting your birth and postnatal period easier, but if you're close to dates and seeking support that can still work really well.
having a doula there for your birth
I go on call for families at 37 weeks and will be available 24/7 for you to call if baby's on their way. A doula will normally come to you sooner than you'd go to hospital or call a midwife out for a home birth, so we're there to ride out the early part of labour with you at home.
Doulas provide emotional and practical support and can be relied on to be there for you throughout labour.
early weeks with a newborn
Adjusting to life with a new baby is full-on for most people. Whether it's your first or you have other kids, it takes time to adapt and get to know one another. I can make visits to you in hospital if you stay in, and help you get settled in once you arrive home.
3 postnatal visits are included, and more can be added if you'd find them helpful.
Emilie has a digital DBS that you are welcome to check online.
Slightly addicted to doing courses, these are just some of her trainings & experience over the past 12 years or so...
• 9 month training as a doula and childbirth educator with Relaxed Birth & Parenting
• Advanced Biomechanics for Birth
• Movement Ecology for Pregnancy and Postnatal - Kay Bowman (biomechanics)
• 200 hour Yoga Teacher with specialisms in Pregnancy and Postnatal
• Nurturing Birth Doula
• CPD with Michel Odent 'Birth Reborn'
• Natal Hypnotherapy Study Day
• Birth Crisis workshop with Sheila Kitzinger
• Homebirth Conference 2016 with Ina May Gaskin
• MotherMassage pre and postnatal massage training with Elaine Stillerman
• Dancing for Birth®
• Positive Birth Movement Facilitator
• Franklin Method Pelvic Fascia Trainer
When she's not doing calm, grounded, caring, earthy stuff, Emilie's also a pro-hula hooper and teaches people how to play with plastic circles.
200 hour Yoga Teacher
Pregnancy and Postnatal specialist, trained with Nadia Narain at Triyoga in London.
Relaxed Birth & Parenting
Trained with Relaxed Birth & Parenting in 2008.
Nurturing Birth Doula
Trained with Nurturing Birth Doulas in 2012.
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