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
The vast majority of the work that we do together is during your pregnancy, not at the birth itself.
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 or who would still like to work with me when I have no further birth availability. You get all of the same antenatal education and support over the phone as my Birth clients do, but I do not go on-call from 38 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
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Cloth Nappy guidance if required
Mileage is included within 30 miles of my home (15 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.
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:
1. 1 x deposit of £250.00 and two monthly instalments of £237.50
2. In full
Q. Are gift vouchers an option?
A. If family members, friends or work colleagues etc would like to contribute towards you getting this support, they are welcome to e-mail me email@example.com to arrange a gift voucher for you which can then be used towards the cost of support.
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.
£60.00 per hour over Zoom or phone
Please e-mail to discuss or book here.
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 where there is enough demand.
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. Partners (where applicable) are absolutely welcome to share their experiences, too or accompany you.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I bring my child/ren?
Babes in arms are very welcome. Toddlers and older children are also welcome but please note that 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 and we have a cat - the cat will leg it and not be present at the time, but of course, if you are allergic, please note that he may mischievously leave a hair or two for you to find.
There is a suggested donation of £2.00 (more also welcome!) 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.
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.
"If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it."