Birth Services

What can I do for you?

Each family is different and so I tailor my support to what you need - it's not a one size fits all!

I offer different Birth and Postnatal packages to suit different needs and budgets.

There are two levels of support for birth and postnatal - "Just the Doula" and "Doula Plus". **indicates Doula Plus.

  • Pregnancy and Birth Support

  • Pregnancy, Birth and Postnatal Support (for support through pregnancy, your birth and 20 hours postnatally, too)

For birth and/or postnatal support, we'll have an initial consultation which is completely free so that we can have a chat for around an hour to see if we 'click' and if I'm the right Doula for you.

For my birth clients only, I have a professional birth pool that can be hired free of charge; just buy the disposable bits (e.g. liner and hose) unless using the Doula Plus package in which case all items are provided free of charge.

Money is a necessary evil; I have a family to support, too. An initial deposit is required to secure your booking but the amount is negotiable and the rest can be paid in instalments rather than in a lump sum; I want you to get the support you need and money shouldn't be a barrier to this. All prices are listed under the services below for transparency.

You can see my availability here.

Pregnancy and Birth Support

There are two levels of support - "Just the Doula" and "Doula Plus". **indicates Doula Plus.

An overview of the continuous support you will receive from me; more details can be provided upon request.

  • Free initial consultation - let's have a chat

  • 2-3 tailored antenatal sessions totalling around 6-7 hours

  • **3 Step Rewind for birth trauma (where applicable)**

  • Ongoing emotional and practical support over the phone/messages throughout pregnancy

  • Signposting to evidence based research so that you can make informed decisions about your care

  • **Biomechanics session for comfort during pregnancy and to demonstrate for use in labour**

  • Free birth pool hire for home births (everything needed included in Doula Plus package, disposable items such as liner and hose required for Just the Doula package)

  • Photos to remember your birth - I am not a professional photographer but I'm happy to take photos for you which can be wonderful to look back on and notice little details you may have missed

  • Feeding support

  • Cleaning and tidying your birth space after your little one(s) has/have arrived

  • 1 x postnatal visit to debrief and chat

  • A beautiful gift from me to you

  • **1 x Closing the Bones postnatal abdominal massage**

  • Extensive babywearing support including free** access to the sling library

  • Cloth Nappy guidance if required

  • Ongoing postnatal support over the phone for the first 6 weeks

  • No extra costs for mileage etc

The service you get is entirely tailored to your needs. I'm there to serve you and your family if applicable, to ensure you feel listened to and supported in your choices. 

I support your birth, whether that is at home or in hospital, whether it's in the pool or an elective caesarean; I support your decision.

I go on call 24 hours a day for four weeks from 38 weeks (or sooner where baby/babies are expected to arrive before then) once the balance has been paid. That's 672 hours, 28 days, 4 whole weeks at your beck and call. If your baby arrives sooner than 38 weeks then I will do my best to be there to support you. If you have a history of premature labour or you are expecting multiples then this can be altered, e.g. on call from 36 weeks.

Birth Doula Support which includes everything listed above and all of the unlimited emotional and practical support you receive over the phone or through messages.

Just the Doula - £875.00

**Doula Plus - £1075.00

You can pay in monthly instalments, in part via vouchers and/or in three parts including the deposit.

To book this service, a £250.00 non-refundable deposit is required unless paying in instalments.

Let's chat and see how I can support you. You can arrange a phone call or in-person visit here abbyhopewell.doula@gmail.com

You can see my availability here.

Pregnancy, birth and postnatal support

There are two levels of support - "Just the Doula" and "Doula Plus". **indicates Doula Plus.

This service is for you if you want to have as much support as possible in place and have everything organised right at the start so you have that continuity of care throughout your pregnancy, birth and beyond. 

An overview of the continuous support you will receive from me; more details can be provided upon request.

  • Free initial consultation - let's have a chat

  • 2-3 tailored antenatal sessions totalling around 6-7 hours

  • **3 Step Rewind for birth trauma (where applicable)**

  • Ongoing emotional and practical support over the phone/messages throughout pregnancy

  • Signposting to evidence based research so that you can make informed decisions about your care

  • **Biomechanics session for comfort during pregnancy and to demonstrate for use in labour**

  • Free birth pool hire for home births (everything needed included in Doula Plus package, disposable items such as liner and hose required for Just the Doula package)

  • Photos to remember your birth - I am not a professional photographer but I'm happy to take photos for you which can be wonderful to look back on and notice little details you may have missed

  • Feeding support

  • Cleaning and tidying your birth space after your little one(s) has/have arrived

  • 1 x initial postnatal visit to debrief and chat (in addition to the 20 hours)

  • A beautiful gift from me to you

  • **1 x Closing the Bones postnatal abdominal massage**

  • Extensive babywearing support including free** access to the sling library

  • Cloth Nappy guidance if required

  • No extra costs for mileage etc

20 hours of postnatal support is tailored to you but is usually taken as:

Week 1: 4 x 2 hours

Week 2: 3 x 2 hours

Week 3: 2 x 2 hours

Week 4: 2 hours

If you are over 45 minutes travel then it will be taken in a minimum of 3 hour slots.

The service you get is entirely tailored to your needs. I'm there to serve you and your birth partner if applicable, to ensure you feel listened to and supported in your choices. 

I support your birth, whether that is at home or in hospital, whether it's in the pool or an elective caesarean; I support your decision.

I go on call 24 hours a day for four weeks from 38 weeks (or sooner where baby/babies are expected to arrive before then) once the balance has been paid. That's 672 hours, 28 days, 4 whole weeks at your beck and call. If your baby arrives sooner than 38 weeks then I will do my best to be there to support you. If you have a history of premature labour or you are expecting multiples then this can be altered, e.g. on call from 36 weeks.

Pregnancy, Birth and Postnatal Support which includes everything listed above and all of the unlimited emotional and practical support you receive over the phone or through messages.

Just the Doula and additional postnatal support - £1275.00

**Doula Plus and additional postnatal support - £1475.00

 

You can pay in monthly instalments, in part via vouchers and/or in three parts including the deposit.

To book this service, a £250.00 non-refundable deposit is required unless paying in instalments.

Let's chat and see how I can support you. You can arrange a phone call or in-person visit here abbyhopewell.doula@gmail.com

You can see my availability here.

Testimonials

"Abby is a true asset to not only the Doula profession, but to communities, mothers, villages and birthing movements.

 

Abby has a wealth of information, guidance and resources. She is a safe space, listener and guide. She enabled me and my family to guide ourselves with her love and knowledge which enabled us to make the best decisions for our situation. She does everything with compassion and without judgement.

 

It is clear Abby has a passion for supporting the voice of mothers, fathers, siblings and babies. It was always clear I was in the driving seat but she opened my mind up to things I had not considered.

 

Everything she does is with love. She has this amazing ability of being present and holding space, yet also being able to blend into the background and beaver away doing behind the scenes work. You can tell she truly cares and has a nurturing soul which is just beautiful.

 

Abby will always be part of our journey and story for so many reasons and I know she will feel privileged for that and that's what makes her such a credit."

- A

"Abby is such a warm, kind, caring person. she was very supportive and knowledgeable. She always made me feel comfortable. She pointed me in the direction of information for any questions I asked. She went above and beyond. I felt very lucky to have Abby. She fully supported my wishes, always listened and was empathetic to my personal circumstances."

- S

Contact

You are welcome to pop me an e-mail or Facebook message at any time. After your initial enquiry, I'm happy to contact you by phone at a mutually convenient time. 

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