Postnatal Services

What can I do for you?

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Postnatal Support

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!

 

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

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 one 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.

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Postnatal Support, 20 hours

We often spend so much time planning our birth that we forget about what happens after - that moment when you arrive home with your new addition(s) and you look around and think "What do we do now?"

The transition from "bump" to baby is experienced differently from person to person and between families but I will be there to ease the process throughout this 'fourth trimester'. It can be helpful to think of the first few months of your little ones life as an additional trimester of pregnancy; they have so much growing to do and that's not just physically but mentally, too. You have someone brand new to get to know and it can take time to find your feet, especially while you're recovering from pregnancy and birth.

Examples of how I can support you

  • A postnatal recovery plan; we'll work through this together

  • Light housework - laundry, pots, tidying, hoovering etc

  • Light meals and refreshments

  • Feeding support

  • Emotional support

  • Take care of your baby or babies while you nap or have a bath/shower or spend some quality time with any older children

  • Take care of older ones so you can spend time in bed with your baby or babies

  • Extensive babywearing support with access to the sling library

  • Cloth Nappy guidance if required

  • Photos (optional and additional). Photos are a wonderful way to look back on this time welcoming your new baby/babies. 

  • ·         Mileage is free if within 20 miles (each way) of my home in DN12. Additional miles beyond the initial 20 miles are chargeable at £0.45 p/m (each way)

20 hours of postnatal support is tailored to your needs and I try to be as flexible as possible with the time frame I'm with you. Typically the 20 hours is broken up into 3-5 hour slots. The frequency of these slots is flexible.

Slots are a minimum of 3 hours at a time.

20 hours of support

£500.00 + mileage where applicable

I am happy to accept vouchers and instalments in advance for this service.

If booking in advance, a £250.00 deposit is required. The rest is payable prior to the postnatal support commencing either in instalments or in one further lump sum. If requiring an immediate start, payment is required in full before the support commences.

Additional hours are available at £22.50 per hour.

Fancy a chat? Just get in touch and we'll have a chat over the phone/zoom.

abbyhopewell.doula@gmail.com

You can check my availability here.

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Closing the Bones - a postnatal abdominal massage

Closing the Bones is part massage and part ritual; it's a gorgeous ceremony to honour and aid recovery.
 
This postnatal abdominal massage creates a moment of stillness in the new haze of parenting; it's a time of reflection and peace. 
 
During the ceremony, the abdomen and hips are massaged with a warming oil and are then gently rocked with a rebozo. A rebozo is a long piece of cloth which originates from Mexico where it is culturally significant; all of my rebozos are ethically sourced from Mexico. The hips and body are finally bound together with rebozos; a beautiful poem is read, a song sung and calm achieved. 

Abby was taught by Sophie Messager. Sophie was taught by Rocio Alarcon, an Ethnobotanist from Ecuador. Rocio straddles two worlds; one of the forest, the ancient peoples and the shaman’s rituals, and the fast-paced world of science.
 
Abby comes to you in your home or for a more atmospheric ceremony, you are welcomed into Abby's home in Conisbrough. 
 
This can be done as a standalone treatment but the benefits can be felt time and time again.

Although traditionally carried out during the immediate postnatal period, this can be done years after giving birth and can feel especially poignant when that chapter of their lives is over.

The ceremony lasts approximately 1 hour.
 
One off session: £65.00 during the week in Conisbrough or your home£75.00 at a weekend in your home.

Mileage is free within 12 miles of my home in DN12 but chargeable at £0.45 p/m (each way) for mileage beyond that. Please contact me first to check.

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Babywearing Consultation

There are lots of options for getting standalone babywearing support which can be found under my other 'hat' of Noah's Arc Sling Library.

Consultations can be booked here.

The above photographs are courtesy of Lara Frost Photography.

Fancy a natter?

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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"If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it."

Dr. John H. Kennell

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