• 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.

  • doula in frome

    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.

  • why get a doula?

    39% decrease in Caesaerean rates with continuous doula support.

    how doulas help...

    31% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with your birth experience

    the doula benefits

    15% more likely to have a spontaneous vaginal birth with doula support

    WHY DOULA?

    38% decrease in the baby’s risk of a low five minute Apgar score after a birth supported by a doula

  • 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.

     

    Pregnancy

    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

    • Movement to ease pregnancy and help prepare for birth.
    • Birth Workshop to help you understand how the birthing body works.
    • Massage & Movement for birth session.

    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.

    Birth

    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.

    Postnatal

    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's training

    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 and Parenting Logo

    Relaxed Birth & Parenting

    Trained with Relaxed Birth & Parenting in 2008.

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    Nurturing Birth Doula

    Trained with Nurturing Birth Doulas in 2012.

  • what i can offer

    Your package may include some or all of the following:

    Birth 'planning'

    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.

    Birth debrief

    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 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 dad's or birth partners get the help and rest they need too.

    Fact finding

    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 bedtime stories.

    Feeding Support

    Practical support for your choices.

    Emilie's an NCT trained breastfeeding peer supporter

    Light housework

    Help you keep on top of the everyday tasks so you can focus on your baby without feeling overwhelmed by other stuff.
     

    Cooking

    simple, nourishing meals and snacks. I am happy to help with basic meal prep in the early days with your newborn.

    Getting out

    An extra pair of hands to help get you out for a walk, to an appointment or baby group.

  • some of my skills:

    • Massage for labour
    • Active birth techniques
    • Biomechanics for Birth
    • Rebozo
    • Acupressure

    experienced in supporting:

    • hospital birth
    • home birth
    • first time parents
    • water birth
    • birth using hypnotherapy
    • VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean)
    • Birth after a tramatic experience

    experienced in supporting:

    • Breastfeeding
    • Postnatal depression
    • Baby wearing
    • Single parenting
    • Pelvic floor & Diastasis Recti recovery

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    Classes and Workshops

    1. Block Bookings (i.e. a course of classes) may be cancelled in certain medical circumstances by arrangement. If there is a waiting list for your course I will try and fill your place if a cancellation is made more than 2 weeks in advance of the course start date. No refunds will be made for cancellations within 2 weeks of the course start date or after a course has begun.

    2. Private Classes will be refunded or rescheduled if 7 full days notice is given, a 30% refund or alternative booking will be offered if more than 48 hours notice is given.

    3. Concessionary Discounts are available - please discuss with Emilie to get a discount code.

    4. A booking is confirmed once I and the client have both agreed a date, time, duration and location fo the session.

    5. I reserve the right to refuse admission.     

    6. I reserves the right to alter the programme delivery or teaching staff if circumstances are beyond my control.

    7. If a class or workshop has to end or is interrupted for reasons beyond my control sessions will not be refunded.

    8. Latecomers may be admitted at the discretion of management and teacher/workshop leader.

    9. Timetable may be subject to change during the school holidays.

    10. Refunds will be issues or an alternative offered is sessions are cancelled by us.

    11. Refunds may take up to 30 days to process.

PRIVACY POLICY

I am committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should you be asked to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

This policy may change from time to time - please check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes.

    
Information I collect
I may collect the following information:

    name 
    basic information about your baby (e.g. name / age)
    contact information including email address
    emergency contact including GP/midwife details
    demographic information such as postcode, preferences and interests
    other information relevant to customer surveys and/or offers

What I do with the information:

I require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

    Internal record keeping & in case of medical emergency.

    • I may use the information to improve products and services.
    • I are obliged to keep records secure and confidentially held for 7 years.
    • I may periodically send promotional emails about new products, special offers or other information that I think you may find interesting, using the email address which you have provided. 
    • From time to time, I might contact you for market research purposes. I sometimes use the information to customise the website according to your interests.
    

We will NOT allow this information to be used by third parties.

Security
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I have recently moved to a more sure email system and will continue to do my best to keep your information safe.
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Privacy matters 

When you signup for a course, workshop or massage with me I take down some personal details in order to understand your needs and to help us communicate well.

Your privacy matters to me, so this information is kept under lock and key if it’s on paper or password protected if digital. It’s a condition of my insurance that I keep records for 7 years. This website is connected to Google Analytics, Mailchimp, Acuity and Facebook. 

I do my best to ensure that services I use (e.g. Acuity) also uphold your privacy. I cannot be responsible for data breaches elsewhere, if you prefer records to be kept on paper please let me know and we can make that happen.

You are entitled to request copies of data held on you by any organisation. Simply ask and they are obliged to let you know.