Cornwall birth doula services...
"Alice's support was invaluable...she kept so calm even when she realised I needed to push and the midwife was not yet there!" Lian, St Agnes
A birth doula, companion or coach is an experienced, knowledgeable person chosen by you, who offers continuous care, emotional and practical support, antenatal education, preparation and neutral guidance to the whole family throughout pregnancy, birth and the early days...
|♡ helps to nurture and protect precious lifetime memories of a positive birth experience |
♡ understands birth physiology and your emotional needs
♡ encourages birth partners to participate at their own comfort level
♡ facilitates communication between women, partners and care providers
Studies indicate that our births in the presence of a doula may be:
- rated as more satisfying
- more comfortable
- less complex
"I was glad to hear you were already there Alice, I knew she was in good hands!" (midwife on her way)
The Royal College of Midwives supports a mother's choice to engage the services of a birth doula. Check out this short Doula UK video and this brilliant article: 'what doulas really wish you knew about their job'
How much does a Cornwall birth doula charge?
Brand new, mentored doulas might work for expenses only, or for a few hundred pounds inclusive. Medium experience doulas may be booked in the £500 - £750 region, and a doula who has been working for a few years may be up to £1,000.
Independent midwives charge up to £5,000 for a complete package of antenatal, birth and postnatal care.
Please note that I have returned to trainee midwifery practice as of September 2018, so I'm unable to support births as a doula. I retain close links with my colleagues - if you'd like help in finding a doula let me know and I can put the word out for you, or browse the Cornwall doula directory :)