Postnatal 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 Postnatal options to suit each family. 

  • Pregnancy, Birth and Postnatal Support

  • Postnatal Support - Pay as you go

  • Postnatal Support - 20 hours

  • Closing the Bones - a postnatal massage to aid recovery

  • Babywearing Consultation

  • Cloth Nappy Consultation

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.

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.

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

  • **Additional session using a rebozo 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)

  • Biomechanics support if required in labour

  • 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

Postnatal Support - Pay as you go

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

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

  • Light meals and refreshments

  • Feeding support

  • Emotional support

  • Take care of your baby 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/babies

  • Extensive babywearing support with access to the sling library

  • Cloth Nappy guidance if required

  • No extra costs for mileage etc


Postnatal visits are booked in hourly slots with two to three hours being a minimum (depending on your location); you can have as many or as few of these visits as you like. 

As an experienced Babywearing Consultant, I'm happy to show you how to use a sling safely and comfortably; slings can be an invaluable tool in your kit. As I run the local sling library, Noah's Arc Sling Library, you can benefit from having access to this resource and I also co-run the local cloth nappy library, Noah's Arc Nappy Library.

£22.50 per hour

I am happy to accept vouchers for this service.

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

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

  • Light meals and refreshments

  • Feeding support

  • Emotional support

  • Take care of your baby 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

  • Extensive babywearing support with 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 as an example:

Week 1: 4 x 2 hours
Week 2: 3 x 2 hours

Week 3: 2 x 2 hours

Week 4: 2 hours

£400.00

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

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

If booking in advance, a £100.00 deposit is required.

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

abbyhopewell.doula@gmail.com

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. 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: £45.00 during the week in Conisbrough or your home£50.00 at a weekend in Conisbrough or your home.

Package of 3 sessions: £125.00 during the week, £140.00 at a weekend.


For an even more meditative experience, you can also request two additional practitioners to attend, Nikki and Jane which involves Reiki, too. 

 

Nikki is a wonderful complementary therapist based in Doncaster and Jane is an equally wonderful local Doula, also based in Doncaster.
Please contact for prices for additional practitioners.

This service can be combined with the Blessing Ceremony. A group ceremony lasts for around 2 hours and starts at £95.00. Please contact for more details.

Testimonials

"What an amazing experience to have Abby do the closing of the bones ceremony. It was so relaxing and my body has felt so much stronger after. I was having a lot of weakness in my lower back which has reduced massively. Abby is lovely and makes you feel at ease. Would highly recommend."

- K

"Abby Closed my Bones this morning and it was such an amazing experience. She explained what she was going to do beforehand, I felt totally at ease and it was such a relaxing experience. It was a very emotional one for me, which she nurtured the whole way through.
 

Having a twisted pelvis myself, the rocking and wrapping felt really good for it. The massage felt amazing and the whole experience, where applicable, was customised to my comfort level.
 

I would highly recommend Abby for her professionalism, knowledge, kindness and respect she has for both your body, mind and the origins of Closing the Bones."

- J

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.

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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