What is…a doula?

A doula can provide practical and emotional support and reassurance for parents at the end of pregnancy, for birth and with a new baby.

It’s about being on hand for you in pregnancy, during labour and birth and when your baby is here.

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What does a birth doula do?

With consistent, calm and professional birth support, which is usually alongside your birth partner, you can feel safe and reassured.

I don’t replace midwifery expertise, I provide emotional and physical support for you at the end of your pregnancy and throughout labour and birth.

As your exclusive doula I will:

  • be on call from around 38 weeks
  • be with you from when you need me in early labour until your baby is born
  • be on hand for questions and support at the end of your pregnancy
  • with you during a homebirth or in hospital
  • provide an end of pregnancy session with you for information, support and reassurance
  • provide a postnatal visit to provide support in those early days

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What does a postnatal doula do?

With additional support and reassurance during those first few hours, days and weeks with your baby, you can feel supported and reassured.

These home visits help you as you find your feet as a new parent, and can provide practical support with feeding, bathing and looking after your baby.

I provide daytime, evening and weekend sessions throughout the year.

You can book a one-off session or a series of three sessions for more ongoing support.

Having a doula can make a difference to your birth preparation, to your birth and to the early days and weeks with your baby. With a calm, reassuring approach, a doula can provide you with ongoing and consistent support to help you feel at ease and able to find what works for you.

With consultationsdigital guides and courses, my practice is here for you every step of the way. You can also become a member for exclusive content, discussion and a place to ask questions.

As a doula I work with parents from across Newcastle and Tyneside.

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