Cornwall birth doula services...

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"Alice's support was invaluable, especially because my husband and toddler were away... She helped my parents get everything ready for the delivery and alongside my mother supported me wonderfully through a very short intense labour...she kept so calm even when she realised I needed to push and the midwife was not yet there!"  Lian, St Agnes

birth doula in Cornwall

About birth doulas...

A person ~ experienced and knowledgeable about birth ~ who offers continuity; emotional and practical support; antenatal preparation and neutral guidance to families throughout pregnancy, birth and the early days.

She doesn't replace your midwife or perform routine medical care. Nor does she speak on your behalf. She works with you, helping you to empower yourselves to find your own path, whatever sort of birth you have. Here's the Royal College of Midwives position statement on doulas and check out this short Doula UK video

Most doulas complete an accredited training program via Doula UK ~ a highly respected not-for-profit organisation and voluntary register. My Doula UK membership means that: my training meets core standards; I've been mentored by an experienced provider; I adhere to the Doula UK code of conduct; I keep my practice up to date and I have sufficient current professional and public liability insurance.

Benefits...

Births supported by a doula may be:

  • shorter
  • more comfortable
  • less complex
  • rated as more satisfying 

"Alice made both my husband and I feel totally at ease and with her positive support I was able to prepare for the birth with confidence" Abigail, Helston

My approach...

Cornwall Doula Alice Kirby

I love supporting and empowering you to welcome your baby into the world ~ it's such an honour to be a part of your journey! I've been working as a birth doula since 2006, and have a good reputation within the maternity service and my fellow doulas. 

My practice is holistic, woman-centred and evidence-based. I aim to inform and support you to become more confident and empowered, however you give birth. Whatever your personal choices and budget, together we can come up with a plan to suit you. Choose from pay as you go private antenatal care, or a complete package...

Excellent antenatal preparation is the key to a positive birth. I work with you and your chosen birth partner extensively during pregnancy. I typically visit for up to ten hours of personalised antenatal education and support, as required. I offer highly regarded hypnobirthing tuition and resources, and we fully explore the birth process, comfort measures, your choices / options, breastfeeding, adapting to postnatal life and more. Subsequently, by the time of the birth, my families are very well prepared, relaxed and confident. 

From 37 weeks I go 'on-call' for attending your birth as your 2nd birth partner / companion. On the day, I offer low-profile practical and emotional support, guidance, encouragement, neutral information and optional photography / video ~ until you're ready for me to leave. You also benefit from 'the doula effect' ;)

After the birth I'll visit once or twice to help you debrief your birth experience, offer feeding support and admire your baby! 
Read some feedback from my Cornwall doula families

"The guide is self-effacing and scanty of words. When her task is accomplished and things have been completed, the people say: "We ourselves have achieved it!" Tao Teh Ching

Cornwall birth doula package...

 - Antenatal visits*
 - Birth book loans
 - Unlimited emails / texts / calls
 - On-call 24/7 from 37-42 weeks
 - Support throughout your birth
 - Birth photography / video
 - 1 / 2 postnatal visits

* Hypnobirthing
* Birth debriefing
* The birth process
* Comfort measures
* Birth choices / plans
* Homebirth

* Positive complex births
* Breastfeeding
* Adapting to parenthood


Fees and how to book...

Experienced birth doulas charge between £800 - £2,000, depending on location. My total fee for packaged care is currently £850 including all expenses. A £200 deposit secures me for your dates, with the balance due by 36 weeks.

Alternatively, pay as you go support is £30 per hour ~ contact me to arrange your tailor-made antenatal sessions.

If you'd like ongoing support following my post-birth visits, I'll introduce you to my postnatal doula colleagues.


Some families book their home hypnobirthing classes before deciding if they'd like a discounted doula package as well.. otherwise fill out this form and I'll pop round
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