Doula (Shop)

Please note that all of our support packages / programmes work alongside your ante-natal care which you receive from you GP practice. We are not a replacement for your GP or midwife but work co-operatively with them.

There are 3 packages offered:

Birth Support Package I – clients who would like a doula but have not done any pregnancy yoga or empowering birth days with me.

Birth Support Package II – clients who have been to at least 2 blocks of pregnancy yoga classes  with me.

Birth Support Package III – for those that would like the support of a Doula when they have gone onto labour and have been in class or attended an empowering birth day.

Birth Support Package I – £950.00

A birth support package with Claire is £950.00 plus mileage (45p per mile).

  • Holding your space whilst journeying through the maternity system.
  • 2 x one to one antenatal sessions, which will take place in the comfort of your own home on a day and time that suits you.
    We will cover all aspects of labour, birth & beyond and if applicable take the time to reflect on previous pregnancies/births
  • Access to the client area of the Ripple Effect website which has a whole host of resources to support you when researching options and looking for information.
  • Access to birth preparation area of the website – client protected password with empowering birth presentation and postnatal presentation.
  • Any books, dvd’s and cd’s relating to pregnancy and birth that I have may be borrowed.
  • On call for the birth 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from 10 days prior to your due date until week 42+.
  • Continuity of care throughout your pregnancy, labour and birth plus 12 weeks postpartum.
  • Use of Aromatherapy oils & Homoeopathy remedies if you wish to use them.
  • TENS machine available (cover cost of replacement pads)
  • Guidance with the first feed and what to expect in the following hours and days.  Plus signposting as required.
  • 1 postnatal visit (2-4 hours) usually with in 10 days of the birth, taking time to reflect on your experience and giving you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about you or your baby and what to expect in those early weeks.
  • Advice and support available via phone or email from time of booking until 12 weeks post birth.
  • Additional visits can be arranged if required. (charge applicable)

You also have the options of:

  • Option of hiring a birth pool at rate of £65.00.  Clients will need to order a liner (payable directly to the supplier … a discount order code will be supplied).
  • The use of a TENS machine – no charge for unit (charge of £15.00 for replacement pads included with final invoice).

It would be helpful if you had the use of a birth ball to use at home and during your birth.  Ask family and friends they might have one lurking in a cupboard … it will need to be anti-burst.

The postnatal visit is to discuss your birth experience, and to help and assist you in the post-natal period. It lasts for approximately 2-4 hours.

£350.00 Deposit at time of booking
£150.00 due Week 26
£150.00 due Week 28
£150.00 due Week 30
£150.00 due Week 32
£additional expenses due at the postnatal visit

To book please contact Claire to check availability.

Birth Doula Booking
Fill out my online form.

Online contact and registration forms from Wufoo.

Birth Support Package II – Current class client – £750.00

A birth support package with Claire is £750.00 plus mileage (45p per mile).

This package is for current class clients who have been in at least 2 blocks of classes and would like the support of a doula.

  • 2 antenatal visits
  • 1 postnatal visit – where this is not possible the visits will be added to the postnatal period)
  • Supporting the mother-to-be during her pregnancy
  • To be present as a support during her birth and I will at all times be guided by the mother-to-be’s birth wishes, decisions, and needs,
  • ‘on call’ from 10 days before the clients due date until 14 days after clients due date. If you go into labour before the on call please call me and if you decided to wait until after 42 weeks to have your baby I will be there to support you.

Package fee is £750.00 plus mileage (45p per mile)
The payments can be made in instalments or paid in full.
If opting for instalments the payments are due as follows (plus any additional expenses):

£350.00 Deposit at time of booking
£150.00 due Week 28
£150.00 due Week 30
£100.00 due Week 32
£additional expenses due at the postnatal visit

Please have a chat with Claire about this service …

  • Holding your space whilst journeying through the maternity system during your pregnancy, whilst you are in early labour and bringing your baby earth side.
  • Access to the client area of the Ripple Effect website which has a whole host of resources to support you when researching options and looking for information
  • Continuity of care throughout your pregnancy, labour and birth &.
  • Use of Aromatherapy oils & Homoeopathy remedies if you wish to use them.
  • TENS machine available (cover cost of replacement pads)
  • Guidance with the first feed and what to expect in the following hours and days.  Plus signposting as required.
  • 1 postnatal visit (2-4 hours) usually within 10 days of the birth, taking time to reflect on your experience and giving you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about you or your baby and what to expect in those early weeks. (You may choose not to do this however it’s included in the costs)
  • Guidance (not advice) and support available via phone or email from time of booking until 12 weeks post birth.
  • Additional visits can be arranged if required. (charge applicable)

Birth Doula Booking
Fill out my online form.

Online contact and registration forms from Wufoo.

Birth Support Package III  – Last Minute – £550.00

A birth support package with Claire is £550.00 plus mileage (45p per mile).

Sometimes we aren’t always sure if we want to have a doula with us at the beginning of our pregnancy journey … classes with Claire are very personalised so she is often very aware from class discussions or you sharing your thoughts and birth wishes over the weeks together, especially those that have done 2 or more blocks of classes … Claire offers her clients the following support … If you start your labour journey and feel the overwhelming urge for support and someone to hold the space for you and your partner … there are many scenarios which may make you think “I need the support” e.g. induction of labour, when your wishes aren’t quite going where you want them to be  … if Claire is available she will happily join you wherever you need her to be and stay with you to hold the space and be your Birthkeeper along with your partner …  the fee would be paid after the arrival of your baby.

Staying in contact with her when you think labour has started would be helpful.

The fee for this is £550.00 for the birth plus mileage or taxi fare and if you wish to debrief post birth then this can be in the form of a face to face appointment or perhaps organising a birth after thoughts appointment at the hospital with a named midwife … cost £60.00.

Please have a chat with Claire about this service …

  • Holding you space whilst journeying through the maternity system whilst you are in early labour and bringing your baby earth side.
  • Access to the client area of the Ripple Effect website which has a whole host of resources to support you when researching options and looking for information
  • Continuity of care throughout your labour and birth.
  • Use of Aromatherapy oils & Homoeopathy remedies if you wish to use them.
  • TENS machine available (cover cost of replacement pads)
  • Guidance with the first feed and what to expect in the following hours and days.  Plus signposting as required.
  • 1 postnatal visit (2-4 hours) usually within 10 days of the birth, taking time to reflect on your experience and giving you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about you or your baby and what to expect in those early weeks. (You may choose not to do this however it’s included in the costs)
  • Guidance (not advice) and support available via phone or email from time of booking until 12 weeks post birth.
  • Additional visits can be arranged if required. (charge applicable)

Birth Doula Booking
Fill out my online form.

Online contact and registration forms from Wufoo.

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What is a Postnatal Doula?

A postnatal doula offers the family:

Emotional support for mother and baby
Physical care of mother and baby
Assistance with establishing feeding (breast and bottle)
Advice and help to the family re: adjusting to the new baby/babies
Assisting with the care of older children in the family
Assisting with the household: I will do light housework this would include washing up, laundry, putting washing on the line, hoovering and small amounts of ironing, shopping, cooking and any other reasonable requests.
I am happy to look after or take the baby out while the mother gets some rest or has a relaxing bath.

My role is quite varied, however my main task is to make sure the mother is resting enough and getting the fluids and nutrition that are essential after childbirth. Too often mums are rushed back into normal day-to-day activities and lose out on the “lying in” period that many women in the third world experience. With the help of a postnatal doula a mother can enjoy some of the benefits of a prolonged “lying in” period. This will help her bond with her baby and spend extra time with any older siblings. As a postnatal doula we are about empowering a family to take care of itself and we facilitate this by helping around the house and offering encouragement and suggestions.

As a postnatal doula, I offer practical and emotional support to the new mother and father in the home following the birth of the baby.

This service would usually last between 3 weeks and 3 months depending on each families circumstances.

Postnatal Support Packages

The hourly charge is £15.00 plus travel expenses at 45p per mile. (the mileage rate is negotiable if you are more than 20 miles away).

How to book.

If you are interested in booking Claire as your doula, please contact her to arrange a complimentary appointment for you to meet and to discuss your birth plans.

Postnatal Support: £15.00 per hour with a minimum 20 hour booking for postnatal support plus mileage (45p per mile).

Once you have decided that you would like to book Claire, please return one copy of the contract along with your deposit payment. Once this has been received, your dates are booked into her diary and your antenatal appointments are organised.

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