Shared Care Doula Service

Through Shared Care we bring together our experience, expertise & support

As professionals trained in childbirth, we provide emotional, physical, & educational support to expectant, birthing & new mothers.  

Antenatally

  • We will meet in-person at least twice & will be available for consultations by whatsapp & email throughout our time together, within reasonable working hours.
  • You will have access to our library of pregnancy, birth, & postnatal books.
  • You will have access to our 
  • Empowered Birth & Beyond Course
  • No BS Breastfeeding Class
  • Paediatric First-Aid Course
  • We will discuss your birth preferences, any hopes or concerns you might have, and 
  • We can assist you in gaining a better understanding of the medical management of birth, and ensure your choices are acknowledged and supported.

Over the years, we have learnt it is best to offer birth doula services in a shared-care capacity.  This means that pregnancy support is available from BOTH OF US & that one of us will be with you during labour & birth.  In the extremely unlikely event that one of us is unable to get to you, or your labour continues for a few days, it is best practice to ensure you have built a relationship with us both to ensure that you have someone with you that you know and feel comfortable with.

During your labour & birth:

  • Our role is to help you have an emotionally safe, memorable, & empowering birthing experience.
  • We will be guided by your birth-plan, decisions, needs & wishes, to provide on-going practical & emotional support until your baby is born.
  • We provide comfort with pain-relief techniques including breathing, relaxation, massage, rebozo & optimal positions.

Whichever Doula is with you during your birth will continue to stay with you for at least a few hours after your baby’s birth to assist with your comfort & well-being, & your baby’s first feed.

Postnatally:

  • Whatsapp support until our in-person visit.
  • If you choose to breastfeed your baby, we offer a full feeding assessment within the first 3 days of birth.
  • Approximately one week after your baby’s birth, we will visit you in your home & use the time to reflect on your labour & birth experience with you
  • Provide sling support
  • Signpost to any local support services you might find useful

Click through on your preferred payment option or book a FREE consultation call to take the next step in your Doula Support Journey…

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DID YOU KNOW?

 

Doula involvement in pregnancy, birth and beyond has had these positive outcomes:

34% Decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience

31% Decrease in the use of labour augmentation

28% Decrease in the risk of C-section

14% Decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care unit

12% Increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth

9% Decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief

— Hodnett et al, 2012

Thank you!  You really made it all work for me.  You’re a wonderful support and I loved it.  I’m so glad I worked with you both xxx

Jane

Here is what you are agreeing to as a Shared Care Doula client…

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I wish the Doulas working on behalf of All Things Birth and Beyond Ltd to share care and support me during my pregnancy, labour and birth.

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The decision to retain the Doulas remains mine and the Doulas do not accept any liability for any problems during or after pregnancy and birth.

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I understand and agree that at least two Doulas will meet me three times, and that one of those Doulas will be present, virtually or in person according Covid-19 regulations, at the birth of my baby.

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I understand that I retain the Doulas at my own risk and that any injury or mishap regarding myself or the baby will not be the responsibility of the Doulas.

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I agree to pay 45p/mile.

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In the interest of health and safety, in the event of the on-call doula being with me for more than 12 hours, she may decide to hand-over to her colleague which will incur an additional charge of £200 payable no later than 7 days after the birth.

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I understand and agree to pay an additional fee for extra visits beyond those stated above, should I wish to meet the Doulas more often.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS…

What if my baby is born before 38 weeks?
It is standard practice – to best manage our diary – for birth doulas to be on-call 24/7 from 38-42+ weeks.  One of the reasons we choose to share-care is so that if 1 of us is not available, the other most likely will be, and you have built rapport with both of us.  We know that some babies are born before 38 weeks, and we will do EVERYTHING to be with you.  If we are with a birthing client in their 42nd week we cannot be held liable for non-attendance if we are called to support another client who calls us before their 38th week.  If this is a concern for you, we do offer guaranteed availability from 37 weeks for an additional fee of £340.
Who will attend my labour?
Mel or Claire will attend to you in labour.  If whoever is in attendance feels that it is no longer safe to be with you, and she’s been with you for more than 12 hours, the other one of us will come and take over.  We have had a handful of occasions over the years where we have been with families for 24+ hours – we cannot provide our best support when we are exhausted.  
What if I opt for a Cesarean birth?
You may decide to have a caesarean birth, later in your pregnancy.  We will support you in preparing for this; if you choose for us not to attend to you at a caesarean birth, we will provide 14 hours of postnatal support instead.  
Are there any additional expenses involved?
No additional expenses are incurred without your pre-approval and may consist of additional antenatal appointments, breast-pump hire, sling hire, or extra postnatal support. 
How much mileage can I expect to pay?

Mel and Claire live at YO31 and YO42 in the York area.  You can calculate mileage at 45p/mile.

TESTIMONIALS…

Mel educates, empowers and supports, and becomes a true companion in your journey.

Absolutely anyone who needs support should reach out to Mel, wherever you are in the world!

No testimonial could do justice to the support Mel has provided

Click through on your preferred payment option & book a FREE consultation call to take the next step in your Doula Support Journey…

PAY IN FULL

2 INSTALMENTS

12 INSTALMENTS

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