"Catherine is a mine of information regarding pregnancy and birth. She provided us with so much info when we were expecting twins, she gives you great confidence in yourself and what your body is capable of."
"You helped us so much when we were expecting E, even though we didn't have the birth experience we'd hoped for, your knowledge and advice allowed us to take some control. Thank you."
An antenatal doula gives you emotional support and access to information during pregnancy and the run up to the birth but does not actually attend the birth.
Some women don't want another person at the birth but would benefit from a knowledgeable and supportive friend who they can call on. I have years of experience and broad knowledge of birth related issues. I have helped lots of women negotiate their care. Every family is unique and deserves unique care.
Imagine coming back from the midwife and being worried about something, or not understanding something. Now imagine being able to drop a text or email to me. Imagine being in late pregnancy and trying to decide what to do. As your antenatal doula you can simply email or message me and we can discuss your options. I can send you info on the latest research and alternatives.
If you are anxious about giving birth I can help you with tools and tips, giving you reassurance and confidence.
Maybe you are finding the maternity care is not as personalised to you as you need, or you are wanting to be doing things differently to what is being suggested. I can give you moral support; be an independent but knowledgeable person to talk thing through with; and give you tools to work through what you want and how to get it.
I have been doing this for years. And helped lots and lots of women and their partners as they sort out their care. I have even had phone calls from women in labour, asking what their options are.
I particularly love working with women who are looking for options beyond the norm: home birth, older women, high bmi, vbac, hbac (home birth after caesarean), twins, breech. Helping them to have options when they feel there aren't any.
Other doulas ask me for advice and information, especially to do with birth rights, home birth, water birth, and vbac.
If you think this might be you then please call or message me and we can work out a package that suits you.
For example this personalised service, with 3 antenatal visits in your own home, for bespoke antenatal preparation, relaxation, and helping you to deal with any curve balls; unlimited phone calls and emails, costs £449. I will come to meetings if you wish, for moral support. This package includes a bespoke visualisation or relaxation MP3, recorded just for you.
I am open to payment plans and partial payment in kind.
A one off 2-3 hour session in your own home, bespoke to your needs, with follow up email support is £149.
Or 45 minute video conference, with follow up email support, for £69. This can be extended with my virtual doula service.
A free no obligation 15 minute meeting/phone call is a good idea so you can meet me and we can chat about your needs.