Embodied doula support for pregnancy, birthing & postnatal families
Support for growing families.
why get a doula?
39% decrease in Caesaerean rates with continuous doula support.
the doula benefits
15% more likely to have a spontaneous vaginal birth with doula support
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.
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.
what i can offer
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 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.
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.
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.
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