Doula

BIRTH & POSTNATAL DOULA in Peterborough, UK

Welcome to Nourishing Motherhood. My name is Khadijah. I offer support to women who seek natural solutions for their health from pre-conception right through to the postnatal recovery period. I work as a Doula, Bowen Therapist and Homeopath in Peterborough UK and online via Zoom.

WHY BIRTH WORK?

Drug-free birth and mothering can be the absolute highest point of life: literally in terms of the oxytocin that drives us; and that drives me to keep sharing the possibilities and ‘unconventional’ approaches towards gaining sacred, spiritually ecstatic birth experiences and holistic well-being in every day life.

For better or worse you will remember the circumstances around your births VIVIDLY for your whole lifetime, so receiving an experience that matches all your best hopes and dreams really matters; not just on the day or night that you meet your child, but forever after. Your stories also become part of your family birthing culture for generations to come. It’s an opportunity to create a ripple effect of transformation in your family line.

The PHYSICAL effect of birth on the future health and well-being of the next generations is MASSIVE. Medications impact on your gut biome and hormonal function and can have serious implications for both physical and mental health. A medicalised start brings so many more challenges to overcome for both you and your baby. When looking at the Big Picture a physiologically normal birth makes sense!

I help you create the environment, mindset and physical health needed to meet your unique birth and breastfeeding goals.

WHO DO YOU WORK WITH?

The women I work with have the specific goal of no medical intervention unless absolutely necessary OR in the case of necessary interventions that it be kept to the minimum procedures or medicines possible.

I help you fully prepare to get the birth YOU want.

SO WHY HIRE A HOLISTIC DOULA?

As a holistic therapist and doula I help to support your physical and mental readiness to have the best experience of your life, and enter motherhood strong.

I offer support for continued health for your whole family. You’ve got someone 100% on your side, hearing and honouring YOUR needs and wants.

You will be doing everything possible to make happy, powerful memories that will last you a lifetime: no regrets.

‘WHAT ABOUT ME’ SAYS DAD?!

Many Dads feel strongly reassured to know they have a back-up presence for them too, and it often helps them relax into supporting their partner without pressure to ‘perform’ or Do The Right Thing!

Doulas can help signpost Dads towards tasks that their wife or partner may appreciate, and can buffer him from her wrath should he ever miss the mark! A good Doula makes space for the partners to dance their subtle dance to bring the baby out with the love, presence and confidence of all intact.

I have overwhelmingly positive feedback from Dads who find that having a Doula present brought them a calm strength no matter how the birth unfolded, and expressed that they would always choose to have this steadying presence for future births.

BUT I’VE GOT A MIDWIFE.

With a Doula present the Midwife is also freed up to focus deeply on her clinical excellence. Midwives and Doulas overlap in their care and concern for the mother and infant, and the Doula will always respect the sensitive Midwife’s space to lead, but the Doula has no clinical skill or responsibility. The emotional care and support of the couple is priority for the Doula, whilst fully supporting their practical choices; even when that goes against standard protocol. In the latter case the Doula can support the parents in describing their Informed Choice to the supporting healthcare team with peaceful resolution.

A compassionate Midwife-Doula relationship is a great joy to experience for everyone involved.

RESEARCH

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3647727/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1804309/

https://evidencebasedbirth.com/the-evidence-for-doulas/

CHILDBIRTH COACHING

As a birth Doula I offer childbirth coaching either face-to-face in Peterborough, UK, or via telephone and Zoom. This can be anything from 1 session to as many as you need to be confident and informed about your options.

We create your birth plan and make it as concise and readable to the medical professionals as possible in order to get a good viewing, alongside a more elaborate plan that your birth partner has on hand in case anything needs explaining in more detail once labour begins to unfold.

POSTNATAL DOULA

I know that every mother-baby dyad is unique, even when same-age babies arrive together!!! and that with time, discipline, patience and persistence you CAN achieve your goals.

As a postnatal Doula I offer a range of support to mothers in Peterborough. Over the years I’ve been recognised as a Breastfeeding Counsellor with two of the major organisations in the UK and have taken multiple trainings with Health E Learning. I nursed my own children over a period of 16 years including through various dynamics and challenges.

If you ever experienced agitation during breastfeeding and you’re not sure you can go through it again, then check out this brilliant resource on Nursing Aversion.

An important part of the postnatal period is to allow time for debriefing any difficult feelings so they can be released and put to rest rather than growing in intensity over the coming years. Discussing the circumstances and understanding what likely happened physiologically can really help to bring a sense of peace and closure. Copy of Ready for your VBAC quest_ (2)

PACKAGES:

The BASIC Doula package includes 3 home visits (usually 2 before labour and 1 postnatal) and being on call for a 4 week period, (including texts and calls to stay in touch at this time).

Fee: £500 deposit at our first meeting and £750 within 7 days of birth.

***Extended payment plans available for low income families***

The All-The-Works Holistic Doula package of support includes your choice from Bowen Therapy for pain relief and alignment, childbirth education, life coaching & EFT to heal emotional blocks and release sticking points, birth art, breastfeeding support and guidance to use a homeopathic birthing kit. Cost will be dependent on frequency of meeting and length of agreed contact, but a rough guide is £50-150 per week plus the on-call fee of £750.00.

POSTNATAL VISITS:

From £35 per hour for visits within Peterborough.

I look forward to receiving your email so we can connect, and let your BIRTH and postnatal period be the catalyst for powerful change throughout the whole of your LIFE!

CONTACT

khadijah@nourishingmotherhood.com