Postnatal Doula in Surrey
I will help you in whichever ways you feel will be most beneficial, and aim to leave you rested and confident.
Some typical areas I might be able to help you in are: (Watch my video illustrating what I do here)
Practical baby care- helping you learn how to bath your baby / change a nappy / supporting you with feeding and referral to expert help if needed / caring for baby while you rest / sharing baby calming techniques / knowing what is normal or when to seek help
Providing you an opportunity to debrief following the birth
Offering support and reassurance to you and your partner as you both learn new roles
Caring for siblings to allow you time to get to know your new baby / take a rest or shower etc, or conversely, caring for your baby whilst you enjoy some time with their big brother or sister
Running errands e.g. shopping trips or accompanying you to appointments if desired
Light housework- cleaning, tidying, laundry, dishes, ironing, hoovering etc
Cooking- preparing nutritious snacks, meals and extra for the freezer too!
Providing information about local support groups
Offering basic babywearing guidance
I aim to be flexible and work with your family’s particular needs, stepping back as your baby grows and you feel more settled and confident about managing each day's demands on your own. Often 6-8 weeks of support is a good starting point, typically perhaps a few days each week initially and then reducing as the weeks pass.
I prefer to work Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, between 0900 and 1500 with a minimum 3 hour visit, but please talk to me if this doesn't work for your family needs.
I am happy to travel up to about 10 miles from my home in Knaphill, Surrey. This includes:
plus the surrounding villages
Other areas may be considered on an individual basis, please do enquire!
It is a great idea, wherever possible, to meet up with you for an hour or so before you have the baby, so we can ensure we are happy to work together and discuss the finer details! I am happy to visit you at home free of charge to chat things through and make some provisional plans.
I may also able to offer 'emergency' care, subject to my availability, to families who feel they need immediate, additional support with their newborn, whatever the circumstances.