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Pregnancy 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 types of antenatal education and support to suit different needs.

  • Pregnancy only support

  • Biomechanics - for comfort and positioning

  • Mother and Parent Blessings

  • Dial-a-Doula - ad hoc support over Zoom or the phone by the hour

  • Pregnancy Photography

  • Homebirth natter group

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Pregnancy Only Support

Pregnancy only support is for those families who feel like they need the emotional and educational support throughout their pregnancy but do not need a Doula on the day of their birth. You get all of the same antenatal education and support over the phone as my Birth Doula clients do, but I do not go on-call from 38-42 weeks and I don't attend/support virtually at your birth. 

This is 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

  • Ongoing and unlimited 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 if required

  • 1 x postnatal chat over the phone to debrief and chat

  • A beautiful gift from me to you

  • Babywearing support

  • Cloth Nappy guidance if required

 

Mileage is included within 40 miles of my home (20 miles each way) but chargeable at £0.45 per mile after that.

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. 

£575.00

Payment FAQ's

Q. Do I need to pay a deposit? 

A. A deposit is required to secure the booking and to start receiving support. The deposit is £250.00.

Q. How can I pay?

A. You can pay in the following ways via bank transfer:

1. 1 x deposit of £250.00 and two monthly instalments of £187.50
2. In full

Q. Are gift vouchers an option?

A. If family members, friends or work colleagues would like to contribute towards you getting this support, they are welcome to e-mail me abbyhopewell.doula@gmail.com to arrange a gift voucher for you which can then be used towards the cost of support.

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Biomechanics

An area which really fascinates me is biomechanics and how we can use different techniques to provide comfort and relaxation but also in some circumstances, provide baby with the opportunity to get into a more optimal position if they're not quite there yet. Of course there are no guarantees when it comes to positioning but there are things we can do to be proactive in giving them the chance.

If you are already aware that your baby is in a suboptimal position, for example, they're back to back, we can look at different ways that may allow them to have more space.

1 session

£65.00

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Mother and Parent Blessings

A Mother or Parent Blessing is a​ mother or parent centred event that celebrates, nurtures and honours our (their friends, family and community’s) commitment to them as they enter parenthood, whether it’s for the first time or for the tenth! It's a parent focused alternative to a baby shower. It is a ceremony; a coming together of those we love to celebrate this journey; to nurture us when we need it; to commit to caring for us when we need it after our baby/babies has/have arrived, whether that’s with advice, with food or by other means.

It’s easy to just concentrate on the baby/babies but it’s not actually the baby that needs the support; it’s you as the mother or parent.

These events are completely tailored to the person we are honouring, however typically we bring those we love together to share positive stories; affirmations; nuggets of advice; food; laughter; poetry; gifts and most importantly, our time.

I act as celebrant and guide the ceremony on your behalf. We will work together beforehand to make sure it has all of the elements that you would like. If you need recommendations for other practitioners such as a massage therapist or reflexologist to treat you on the day then that can also be arranged but of course further fees apply for their time and expertise.

 A Mother or Parent Blessing can be a wonderful accompaniment to a Closing the Bones Ceremony which can also bring the same people back together again to honour you postnatally, too.

Please note that these sessions are completely catered to you and therefore inclusive of all birthing parents; including those who are non-binary and/or trans.

Please contact me to get started in arranging your own Blessing.

 

£150.00
(planning, preparation and the day itself included)

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Dial-a-Doula ad hoc Support

If you find yourself needing ad hoc support; you need some guidance on a specific topic or would like to chat with me, we can do this over the phone or Zoom.

It can be really helpful to just have someone listen to you without judgement and to guide without telling you what to do; it's your decision. 

Perhaps you're feeling overwhelmed, unsupported, not listened to or coerced down a path you didn't want; I'll be there to listen and walk beside you as you go through your options if that's what you need.

£75.00 per hour over Zoom or phone
Please e-mail to discuss or book here.

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Homebirth natter group

A group for people to come together to chat about homebirth and freebirth, held at my home in Conisbrough and you can also join us via Zoom.

Who is this session for?
This session is specifically for those who are pregnant and are interested in a homebirth (even if they haven't decided they definitely do want one) as well as for those who have already had a homebirth or freebirth and would like to share their experiences.

What is this session not appropriate for?
This is a safe space to share your concerns around having a homebirth or birthing in general, however, please note that as we have potentially vulnerable people attending, this is not an appropriate space to share traumatic birth stories in detail. My heart goes out to you if you fall into that category; your experiences are absolutely valid but this is not the session to share them. I do offer a 3 Step Rewind service, a "Dial a Doula" by the hour service or I can also signpost you to someone else for a debrief if you require it. Please don't bring a friend/relative who is very against homebirth; this is not the place to educate them.as it will affect how much other people are willing to share.

Inclusivity
This is an inclusive and safe space for all parents, including those from the LGBTQIA+ community of which Abby is a member of.

If you are a surrogate, you and the Intended Parent/s are of course welcome.

These sessions tend to be mostly attended by those who identify as women and Mum's but pregnant trans men, Dad's and nonbinary folks are absolutely all welcome. Please feel free to email me if you wish to check anything abbyhopewell.doula@gmail.com.

Can I bring my child/ren?
Babes in arms are very welcome but toddlers and older children are harder to accommodate; this is held in my home and we no longer have toddlers so it's not particularly baby/toddler friendly anymore with teeny bits of lego lovingly thrown all over the house by our own smalls presenting a choking hazard.

Please note the toilet is upstairs.

There is a suggested donation of £5.00 to help towards running the session but you can use coupon code "free" if you are unable to pay and would still like to attend.

You can book here.

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Let's chat

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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