Doula Support Galway Louise February 6, 2020

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Would You Like a Doula on Your Support Team?

A Doula Is Someone Who

Couple in the hospital smiling after giving birth to a baby. Baby is latched on feeding.

Virginia and Richie

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  • Draws on her treasure trove of knowledge and experience to provide you with emotional, physical and informational support in pregnancy, labour and postnatally.
  • Accompanies you in labour, helping you have a safe and satisfying birth experience.
  • Is a member of your birth team, working independently of the hospital, whose sole job is to attend to your needs.
  • Explores your various options with you, sharing up-to-date information and evidence, enabling you to make your own decisions about the steps you would like to take, and then supports you in the choices you’ve made.
  • Helps you prepare for your baby's birth and early parenting with evidence-based information and key skills and techniques that you and your partner can use.
  • Offers support and information in the first hours and weeks with your baby, such as helping you get breastfeeding off to a good start.

Evidence shows that Doula Support decreases the chance of caesarean, the use of medications for pain relief, and the risk of baby having a low Apgar score, while increasing satisfaction and the chance of a spontaneous vaginal birth.

What Does a Doula Not Do?

A Doula Is Not Trained To

  • Perform medical tasks, diagnose medical conditions or give medical advice.
  • Make decisions for you. I will help you get the information you need to make informed decisions.
  • Speak to your healthcare providers, e.g. the midwives or doctors, on your behalf. I will be your sounding board, to discuss your concerns with you and explore options with you.
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What's included?

A doula package includes

Two Antenatal Visits

I will meet with you and your partner at least twice antenatally to get to know you, to explore and discuss your priorities and any fears or concerns you may have, and to plan how we will work best together.

Phone/Text/Email Support

Throughout pregnancy and until 6 weeks postpartum, I am available by phone, text or email.

on call from 38 weeks

I will be on call for your birth 24 hours/7 days a week from 2 weeks before your expected birthing date until your baby is born.

Labour Support

Continuous emotional and physical support during labour, at home and in hospital, depending on your wishes.

After Your Baby is Born

I will stay with you until you are comfortable and can support you with initial feeding.

A postnatal visit

A postnatal visit at your home on a day you request. I am also available by phone, text or email for ongoing support and to help answer any questions you might have.

Additional in-person postnatal doula hours are available to birth doula clients only. Cost: €30/hour (usually in 3hr blocks)

What's included?

A doula package includes

Two Antenatal Visits

I will meet with you and your partner at least twice antenatally to get to know you, to explore and discuss your priorities and any fears or concerns you may have, and to plan how we will work best together.

Phone/Text/Email Support

Throughout pregnancy and until 6 weeks postpartum, I am available by phone, text or email.

on call from 38 weeks

I will be on call for your birth 24 hours/7 days a week from 2 weeks before your expected birthing date until your baby is born.

Labour Support

Continuous emotional and physical support during labour, at home and in hospital, depending on your wishes.

After Your Baby is Born

I will stay with you until you are comfortable and can support you with initial feeding.

A postnatal visit

A postnatal visit at your home on a day you request. I am also available by phone, text or email for ongoing support and to help answer any questions you might have.

Additional in-person postnatal doula hours are available to birth doula clients only. Cost: €30/hour (usually in 3hr blocks)

How Does It Work?

3 Simple Steps to Booking Me as Your Doula

Check Availability

Check my calendar to make sure I am available around your estimated due date. If you’re unsure, please contact me.

Book a Free Exploratory Call

Book a free exploratory call so you can decide whether I’m the right doula for you. It’s so important that you feel 100% comfortable with the person you choose to support you.

Get Booked In

Once you’re happy to proceed, it’s time to get booked in. A 50% deposit will be taken at the time of booking.

Please contact me for alternative payment arrangements.

If you are facing hardship or on low or no income, please contact me for reduced rate services.

What do my clients say?

Testimonials