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, life admin and soul support during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. You're looking for someone who you can feel really comfortable with.
I focus on helping people find ease in times of transition based on making choices through embodied awareness and evidence-based information. A.K.A. getting good information to feel empowered in your choices.
What is a doula?
Support for newborn families
Traditionally, families would have the support of the extended family and community during this important stage, however the way we live now mean families are often more spread out and lives busy, while the need for help remains. Doula support can nurture and support the parents during this intense time of change; offering whatever combination of practical and emotional support is needed for the birth and postnatal care.
Postnatal doula support aims to assist family bonding with a newborn. The first weeks with a new baby is a time of transition, healing and adaptation for the whole family. It’s important that new parents take care of themselves in order to care for their new baby. I’m happy to help families during this transition period, as well as further into the first year of parenting as needed, my definition of 'postnatal' is a bit longer than others.
How does it work?
Think of me as more of a "mothers' help" than as an expert coming in to do or fix things. I will be guided by your needs and wishes (and I’m happy to clean the dishes).
We can chat about what help would most benefit you – birth debriefing if your birth experience is running through your mind, help with light housework (e.g. washing up and laundry), simple home cooking, providing information on baby wearing, support with breastfeeding, time to have a bath or eat lunch with both hands, massage, yoga, a listening ear and giving time and space for mum (and dad) to rest and recuperate.
NB This is not to take care of baby, but to help you find your way in the early days. It’s a similar approach to the Dutch ‘kraamzorg’ as described in The Independent.
£20 per hour (minimum 2 hour booking)
Worried about money?
Talk to me about options for payment / skill exchange / concessionary rates.
Get the help you need with your newborn.
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 can make a big difference.
I'm mum to 2 boys and am passionate about 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 love taking a holistic approach, but I'm not hippified, I was raised by scientists and I like facts and logic.
I love cake (eating and baking), vintage stuff, dancing and ginger tea. 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.
planning for birth and beyond
having a doula there for your birth
early weeks with a newborn
• Certificate of Embodiment Coaching - 2021
Nurturing Birth Doula
Trained with Nurturing Birth Doulas in 2012.
I'm proud to be aligned with the Continuum Doula Training as a method of practice and as a guest teacher on their training.
Your package may include some or all of the following:
We'll talk through the anatomy, physiology and emotions of birth.
As well as learning more about your body, how to be a badass birth partner and what to expect, you'll get tools you can start practicing right away.
Massage & Movement
I see these as part of preparing for birth. Biomechanics informed movement & massage is included in your package. You can add more at a discounted rate if you would like to.
'On call' for your birth
I will be on call for you from 37 weeks until your baby arrives.
I'll not be on call for anyone else.
On call means 24/7 here.
An open ear to hear your experience, this might be previous birth or the experiences of friends or family that you'd like to talk about.
Support for your partner
As well as being there for the person who's giving birth, I'm here to support the rest of the family too. So dads or birth partners get the preparation, support and rest they need too.
I can help you filter info to find evidence based resources to help with decision making and planning for birth and beyond.
Postnatal Care Plan
We'll put together ideas for the early days and weeks with your new baby to help ease into life as a bigger family.
Help with siblings
Emilie is DBS checked and experienced with kids of all ages.
She's especially good at lego, hide and seek and reading stories.
Practical support for your choices.
Emilie's an NCT trained breastfeeding peer supporter
Help you keep on top of the everyday tasks so you can focus on your baby without feeling overwhelmed by other stuff.
Simple, nourishing meals and snacks. I am happy to help with basic meal prep in the early days with your newborn.
An extra pair of hands to help get you out for a walk, to an appointment or baby group.
Essentials Birth Support
2 antenatal sessions
on call for your birth
2 postnatal sessions
Embodied Doula Support
5 x antenatal sessions
- on call for your birth -
5 x postnatal sessions
4 x Embodied Coaching sessions
This packages offers space for more exploration into biomechanics movement, optimal positioning, massage and embodied coaching.
15 hours postnatal care
Can be short check-ins or up to up to several hours long
• 1 visit before birth to plan for postpartum
• Phone / whatsapp support