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 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
Through pregancy we can get to know one another, explore options for birth and make plans for the kind of support you need.
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.
What it might look like: private antenatal classes, teaching your partner some simple massage techniques, showing you movement that can help balance your pelvis for optimal positioning and more comfort in pregnancy, me surfing the net for reliable info so you don't have to; tea and cake, and listening and talking, looking at options, planning for birth, what-ifs & after baby arrives...
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. I will normally come to you sooner than you'd go to hospital or call a midwife out (for a home birth), so I'm there with you earlier in labour with you at home.
What it might look like: giving your partner time to rest, hanging out with your older kids, keeping calm, making tea, chatting to midwives, finding that thing in your bag, dj-ing your favourite playlists, holding your water bottle, massaging your feet, answering the door to the postie so you don't even know it happened.
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.
What it might look like: listening to your birth experience, putting the kettle on, picking up some groceries, cooking you dinner, running a bath, watching baby while you rest, going out with you on a walk or to and appointment, hanging out with baby's big brother or sister,
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.
Essentials Birth Support
2 antenatal sessions
on call for your birth
2 postnatal sessions
Embodied Doula Support
5 antenatal sessions
- on call for your birth -
5 postnatal sessions
These offer space for more options around biomechanics based movement, optimal positioning, massage and embodied coaching.
5 postnatal visits
up to 3-4 hours long each
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