BIRTH DOULA SERVICES

What is a birth doula?
 

 

A birth doula, also known as a birth companion, birth coach or post-birth supporter, is a non-medical person who stays with and assists a person before, during, or after childbirth, to provide emotional support and physical help if needed.

Historically birth doulas would come in the form of a mother, aunt, neighbour, grandmother and elders in the community. They were the ones who coached you, held your hand, nourished you, mopped your brow, fed you and made sure your pregnant and postpartum body was warm and cared for. 

In modern day western society however, doulas are much more than just an extension of your village. A birth doula is someone whose goal is for the labouring person to feel safe, informed and comfortable. Doulas are have transitioned from being village community to being advocates, activists, philanthropists, educators and so much more.  Many birth doulas had previous careers and were drawn to the mystical world of birthwork.

Birth Doulas exist to
complement the role of midwives and doctors.

Do I think birth doulas are an essential? YES. Keep reading to find out why.

This is a picture of an african woman carrying her baby in a field and walking through a field or farmyard. This is on The Egyptian Doula's page on Birth Doulas and Birth Doula Packages. On the picture are The Egyptian Doulas (Yasmin Aly) listed vision of her vision of a good birth.

My vision of good a good birth

A birth without fear.

A birth where you felt you were involved and consenting in every decision.

A birth where you felt your space was protected.

A birth where you were able to disconnect from the rest of the world and its worries.

A birth that brings back good memories years down the line.

A birth that is beautiful, soul changing and restorative.

What I do: I am your guide
I dont mother the mother.

I'm sure if you've been on enough birth doula websites or spoken to enough doulas you'll have seen this phrase pretty often: Mothering The Mother.

 

Here are 3 reasons why I dont Mother The Mother.
 

1. During birth there are many birthing people who have mothers present and cannot identify with the concept of a doula mothering the mother.

2. There are also many birthing people who don't identify as the binary concept of a female/ woman/ mother.

3. There are many people who have toxic relationships with their mothers, and mothering to those people does not come with positive associations.

How I serve you

Here are the kinds of things I can do for you as your birth doula. I can...

Help you understand what it's like being a parent, physically, mentally and emotionally. Help you work out what kind of parent you would like to be. Go through your own childhood to help you choose which bits you would like to stay in your parenting life and which bits don't serve you. Support you throughout pregnancy with knowledge, research and evidence. Help you figure out your birth plan. Support you through labour by helping you to get comfortable whether that be through chatting (or silence), massages, hot water bottles, cold flannels, back acupressure,  showers, dimming the lights, dancing, hugs, snacks etc. Supporting you with every concern, fear, choice, decision or worry along the way. I help you work through your feelings on previous births, especially if they were traumatic.

 

Most importantly, I use my legal skills to advocate for you and make sure you are heard.

8 Reasons to have a birth doula

Some statistics on the benefits of having a birth and postnatal doula

1. More likely to have a spontaneous vaginal birth
 

2. Less likely to have a c- section
 

3. Less likely to have any pain medication or epidurals
 

4. Less likely to have an assisted vaginal delivery (with forceps or a ventouse)
 

5. More likely to have a labour shortened by 40 minutes
 

6. More likely to have a baby with a higher Apgar score
 

7. Less likely to suffer from postnatal depression (PND)
 

8. More likely to have positive memories of birth

Birth Doula Packages

Doula Packages

Birth Doula


Due to the overmedicalisation of the birth world and NHS strain, the rights of the birthing person are becoming less heard. I believe that every birthing person should have a birth doula. Antenatally: Provide you with a minimum of structured 2 antental birth preparation sessions and more if required. To find out more about what I talk about in my birth preparation sessions, have a look at the antental support package below. Be available for you to talk, when you need to. Answer your questions, confront your fears, gently support you with any worries. Be on call for you 24/7 from 38-42 weeks pregnancy and never be more than 90-120 minutes away.

Labour and Birth: I will use my advocacy and legal skills to ensure that your voice IS HEARD. I will create the beautiful space, energy and atmosphere that you desire for you to birth your baby in. Support you during your labour and being there with you whilst you birth your baby. I will stay after birth to admire you and your baby and to help protect your bonding space. I will help you if needed with your first feed and until you feel settled​ and safe enough for me to leave.

Postnatally: 2 Postnatal sessions (3 hrs each) to debrief your birth story, support you with any queries you have and support you with feeding and baby sleep questions. Locations: I am based in North London and I support births all over London. I also serve St Albans and Watford. If you are outside of these areas please get in touch as I may be able to support you or recommend someone who can. I am happy to support home births, hospital births, birth centre births and freebirths*. Fees: I operate a sliding scale in order to be able to accomodate to clients from many different backgrounds. The average birth is around £1000. If you are struggling financially and would like a doula, do not let fees put you off, get in touch and I will be happy to work something out. Every person who needs a doula should have one. *Whilst I am happy to help support you during a freebirth, I do not replace the role of a Healthcare professional and do not act in a clinical manner.




Emergency Doula


This package is if you need emergency birth doula support. This could be because you feel like the birth you had hoped for is not going your way, you feel under supported, underrepresented or not listened to. In these exceptional circumstances I will do my best to come to your birth and support you for the remainder of the journey. How does it work? If you or your partner is labouring and you would like emergency birth doula support please do not book through the online system or via email but Whatsapp me directly on +447456467160 with the following information:

Your name and relationship to the birthing person The name and age of the birthing person The current situation Your location, contact details and place of labouring/birth/delivery Your plan for the following 2 hours Following this I will then call you to see how I may be able to support you. This support may come in the form of me in person or virtually or through any of my other friends within my trusted doula network. Location: I am based in North London and I support births all over London. I also serve St Albans and Watford. If you are outside of these areas please get in touch as I may be able to support you or recommend another birth doula who can. I am happy to support home births, hospital births, birth centre births and freebirths*. Fees: I operate a sliding scale in order to be able to accomodate to clients from many different backgrounds. The average birth is around £1000. If only hourly support can be provided then an hourly fee will be charged. Fees may be payable up front in some circumstances and in others, I may allow fees to remain on trust until after the birth is over. This will be discussed together. If you are struggling financially and would like a doula, do not let fees put you off, get in touch and I will be happy to work something out. Every person who needs a doula should have one. *Whilst I am happy to help support you during a freebirth, I do not replace the role of a Healthcare professional and do not act in a clinical manner.




Antenatal or Postnatal Only


Antenatal Support: This is perfect if all you need is pregnancy and birth preparation support. I offer a short, practical and hands-on birth preparation course of 6 antenatal sessions whereby we discuss topics such as pregnancy, staying healthy in pregnancy, managing the second and third trimesters, braxton hicks, preparing your body for birth, birth and pain management options, your birth and human rights in childbirth, pelvic floor health and biomechanics, creating a birth plan using custom made stickers, working out your parent personality, answering all your pregnancy and birth preparation questions, practical methods of how you can use breath work in birth, ways that your partner, if you choose to have one can support you and more. Location: Comfort of your own space Session length: 6 sessions x2hrs each Fees: £360 Postnatal Support: This option is great if you need some help in the form of a warm and caring extra pair of hands after the birth of your baby. This support comes in the form of conversation, checking in on your mental health and wellbeing, supporting you with breastfeeding, making sure you eat and you have plenty of food cooked and stashed away, massaging you, holding your baby whilst you rest or shower, light household chores, admin and errands, answering your questions on parenthood and reflecting on your birth. Location: Comfort of your own space Sessions: Hourly basis Fees: £22 per hour There are many reasons why people choose to have only antenatal or postnatal support. I am not here to judge. If however, your reason is due to financial reasons then please get in touch anyway - I believe every person who needs a doula should have one, so I am sure we can work something out.




Virtual Doula Support


I am happy to offer virtual antental, birth and postnatal doula support due to the current situation with COVID-19. Please email me directly for more information book@theegyptiandoula.co.uk





Doulas are not a luxury. Doulas are essential.
 @The Egyptian Doula
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Contact Info

Tel: +447456467160

Email: yasmin@TheEgyptianDoula.co.uk

Based in North London, covering London, St Albans and Watford.

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