“Tricia was the only doula we interviewed as we both fell in love with her. She was the right mix of knowledge and nurturing, exactly what we were after. She was very supportive throughout my pregnancy and helped me during my key appointments to fight for the birth I wanted. She was also very helpful with me getting over my trauma.” Taciana Jackson
“Tricia was my doula for my second pregnancy and played a huge role in it being such an amazing, positive experience
for both me and my husband. Her passion for and knowledge about pregnancy, labour and babies made me feel incredibly empowered and confident.” Jacqueline Nisbet
What are you hoping for you in your birth?
What is important to you?
What’s keeping you awake at night about your birth or having a baby?
What’s making you come to this page to find support?
What do you think doulas do? What can we provide?
What on earth is a doula?
We provide continuous support for the whole family through pregnancy, birth and the early days of parenthood. We fill a role that new mothers and families have always needed, we are there to listen, give confidence and not judge. We offer flexible, practical and emotional support we work in women’s own homes as well as in birth centre and local hospital.
We are usually experienced women who have all undergone training. We do not offer clinical skills and are not medically trained.
So what are the benefits of having a doula?
- Increased likelihood of spontaneous vaginal birth (12% increase)
- Decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery (14% reduction)
- Reduced risk of Caesarean birth (28% less caesareans)
- Reduced risk of instrumental birth
- Reduced need for painkillers or epidural during birth (9% reduction in use of ANY pain relief)
- Reduced rate of induction of labour (31% less women use syntonocinon)
- Shorter labour time
- Increased parental satisfaction with the birth experience
- Increased likelihood of initiating breastfeeding
- Increased likelihood of successfully establishing breastfeeding & breastfeeding at 6 weeks
Here are what I also feel are the additional benefits:
- Get you into a positive mindset
- We ensure we have all scenarios covered before the day of your birth – meaning, that there are no decisions to be made on the day ensuring a much calmer, positive experience
- Your partner can go to the loo, get food, have a snack and relax and enjoy the birth. They can hold your hand, look after you and give you the love and support you need (as we are supporting them very much too so that they can do that role – not feel that they need to be a birth expert). The one thing you need at the time that your baby arrives is a partner who is totally connected, who understands what’s happening and what their role is at that time.
- We save you money on helping you to buy what you ACTUALLY need
- We save you time and energy on finding information on the web, going to classes, and signposting to good services – we’ve walked the path many times and we’ve learned many lessons and have an army of other wonderful doulas around us
- We can save you money on formula (if you are choosing to breastfeed – around £400 per year!!!!)
- We give you the BEST possible start for your family by fully nurturing and supporting you meaning you have a massive advantage over your peers
- We lower your chances of postnatal depression and other perinatal mental health illnesses
- We support your relationship with your partner through this transition by helping them to know how to support you through gently demonstrating how they can supporting you and nudging them to find out about the needs of new mums
- We give you permission to say no – that’s no to birth interventions you don’t want, to feeling pressure to do things as a new mum
- We help you to say yes – yes to help, yes to birth, yes to enjoying being a new mum
Many people are turning to doulas as they want support to have a MUCH better birth and early parenting experience. We know that we can do that through:
- Antenatal preparation
- Being there at the end of the phone for whenever you need us
- Providing you with continuous care through your antenatal period, labour, birth and first few weeks
- Being on your side 110% all the way through your experience
- Being that person you can confide in, that you build trust and who will support you in every decision you make
If you want to know why you should pay for a doula when a midwife is free – read here.
A doula is for you if:
- you want to have the best birth possible
- you want to reduce your chance of having a caesarean or episiotomy (never guaranteed)
- you are worried/anxious/fearful about your birth
- you have special circumstances – fertility issues/previous loss/VBAC/twins
- you’ve experienced birth trauma (please check out Francesca’s case study)
- you want a homebirth or as natural a birth as possible (I do very much support all birth choices)
- you are on your own and you need extra support (please note, that if you are on your own, I will recommend that I do shared care with another doula – I can explain more when we meet)
- your partner is anxious and they need support
- you want to reduce the risk of a perinatal mental health illness (PND/anxiety etc)
A doula is not for you if:
- you’re getting a doula because it’s trendy but you don’t really care about your birth experience
- your plan is based on ‘let’s wait and see’
- you’re more interested in kitting out the nursery than investing in you or your baby
So what does it actually look like – what do you get?
- An EXPERIENCED doula to guide you through your choices, navigate the maternity system and to be there during your labour, birth and early parenting experience
- Regardless of what happens – you have someone to be there entirely for you
In pregnancy –
- Frequent communication and meetings (minimum of 2 but likely to be 3-5) to discuss your birth and the first few days with your new baby
- Birth plan support addressing all the different options openly and assessing each one
- An individual book list and where I have hard copies, you can borrow any books
- A list of the best classes and resources in Edinburgh for you to use – I can liaise with providers and get you booked in
- Attendance at 1-2 antenatal appointments where requested (this will be dependent on my own other commitments)
- 2 Birth Trauma Recovery or EFT sessions are included if this is applicable to you
During labour and birth –
- Ensure quiet, calm, continuous birth support – from the moment you call me to your birth until your baby is safely here and in your arms
- Providing safe and secure space physically and emotionally during the birth – this might include managing the environment, keeping the number of people near you to a minimum, ensuring that you’re uninterrupted as much as possible
- Gentle massage
- Guide you with positioning, keeping you active and ensuring you’re adequately nourished and all your needs are met
- Support any Dad/birthing partners there at the birth to be central support and facilitate positive and gentle communication
- Gently supplying you with information (if necessary) so are aware of choices with regards to any interventions with minimal fuss
- On-call is provided 24 hours a day for each birth from 38 weeks gestation until birth unless there are specific circumstances (ie twins or other circumstances)
Once baby is here –
- 2-3 home visits to give you space to debrief your birth, support your breastfeeding and discuss anything else that’s happening with your new baby including signposting to services/classes
- 6 weeks of regular text and email support
- Homemade meal and snacks
- You can FULL access to all the courses available in the Birth and Baby Academy for FREE
Here’s a lovely birth story of a recent homebirth I supported.
(If you want to know Why Doulas Matter – this is a fantastic book to read)
“She is a lovely, caring, knowledgeable woman and would recommend her in a heartbeat.” Alison Guzman
- Help you to breastfeed your baby/babies
- Support your physical recovery from birth
- Providing up to date evidence-based research on areas such as sleep, feeding and general baby care
- Being there to re-assure parents and answering any of those normal parenting questions
- Demonstrating all the normal baby-care such as changing nappies, bathing, sleep, babywearing
- Giving mum an opportunity to look after herself following the birth so she can have a chance to sleep, bathe or relax (birth and pregnancy can really take their toll on a mum’s body – particularly if you are have had twins or triplets)
- Let mum have space to talk about her birth, new role as a parent and how she’s feeling
- If you have twins or triplets, can also advise how to tandem feed helping to synchronise their feeds and gain some precious sleep
- Helping you get out of the house; whether that be for a doctor’s appointment or just going to the shops (this can be especially daunting with more than one)
Want to know more?
When should you get in touch?
From the moment you are interested in having a doula – often people book me from the moment they find out they are pregnant.
What happens next?
Contact me with details of your estimated due date, any issues or concerns or anything I should be aware of and I will then confirm I’m available for that time and we can check if we like the sound of each other. If we do, then we will meet at a mutually convenient location. I will then walk you through the remaining process.
How much does it cost?
(PLEASE NOTE I am currently taking BIRTH clients for February – May 2018, I will not be taking birth support out with this time. I will be taking postnatal clients and one to one birth coaching is still available).
- Birth Doula Fee (including all antenatal/postnatal visits/courses/EFT/Birth Trauma Recovery) is £950.
- EARLY BIRD BOOKING – If you book by 20 weeks, 10% reduction on the fee.
- Postnatal Support Fee is £25 per hour, minimum of 10 hours booked and paid in advance, in blocks of 3 or more hours, available overnight.
Travel is included within the Edinburgh city boundary. Additional costs of 45p per mile from my home for those outwith the city will be added. I will work out with the city depending on how far you are, but I ask that you appreciate that it might take me longer to get there and you need to factor that in as well as additional charges for my time.
I may also charge for excessive parking charges or taxi journeys (those over £10).
How do you pay?
Suggested instalments are 50% (non-refundable deposit) on booking, then 50% to be paid 14 days after the birth.
I am, however, extremely open to other payment options should it make it easier for you – ie you could pay £95 per month over 10 months even if after baby is born to make it more accessible to you.
If price is an issue and you are in real need of support, for whatever reason, please get in touch regardless and I can chat through options with you. I am particularly passionate at supporting women who have experienced birth trauma or have tokophobia. If this is you, please get in touch and we can sort something out.
Price should not get in the way of support and I believe very strongly in that. I will work with you if you are in real need even if you’re not in a position to pay the full fees.
If you would like to support vulnerable women, especially those susceptible to maternal mental health, please get in touch with me and I can walk you through how to do this.
Due to my own family commitments, I don’t take on bookings with an estimated due date from 20th June to 31st August and 1st December to 10th January (if you are within a couple of days of that – do phone and we can maybe organise shared care!).