Postnatal Doula

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From immediately after birth and during the first few weeks I can come in and support the family.  Far less formal than a maternity nurse, I can come in and support with whatever helps make the transition into parenthood smoother.  My focus is on supporting people to become confident in their ability to parent, to trust their own instincts and find their feet.  If there is practical help needed in the house we can create a postnatal plan so that the chores get done.  If you need temporary help with food preparation I am more than comfortable in a kitchen, having done a training with Leith’s School of Food and Wine.  Together we can work out what is going to make your life easier, from enabling extra sleep or rest, signposting evidence-based information around your baby’s needs and talking through any of your concerns and fears.  I will happily support you in your feeding choices, am a qualified breastfeeding supporter, and am able to show you some basic massage techniques to help you bond and connect with your little one. All in all I hope to be able to offer relevant support so that you are able to rest and enjoy your new family.  My ultimate aim is to boost the confidence of the new parents so that by the time my final session comes around I am no longer needed – they are ready and able to face the world, feeling calm and confident.

I work flexibly, usually for a minimum of a couple of hours per session, depending on location. Please contact me for my current prices and availability.

Here’s what some of my clients have had to say

Sophie was really supportive. She always offered constructive advice and went out of her way to help solve problems e.g. researching different twin carriers. Her baby massage really helped relax the girls and solve their constipation. My toddler really loved her – Sophie went out of her way to involve her. I was always so relieved to see her.”
— Amanda Hutchings, mother of Ellie, Poppy and Hattie

Sophie was really helpful and kind without ever being obtrusive. She couldn’t have been more helpful and it made all the difference to be able to hand over the baby to her so I could get some sleep for an hour or so. I trusted her with the baby completely.”
— Jo Baum, mother of Matilda

Sophie had an amazingly calming influence on Annabelle, both at the birth and afterwards. She instilled a huge amount of confidence as well and as a result Annabelle has been coping extremely well with motherhood and seems to be enjoying it immensely.”
— Barney Smythe, father of Flora