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.
- 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.
- 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
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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
We agree to meet three times (preferably two antenatal and one postnatal visit) with you and for at least one of us to be present, virtually or in person according to Covid-19 regulations as a support during your baby’s birth.
As part of this agreement, we will be available for consultations by WhatsApp and email from the first to the last visit/virtual meeting.
Should your circumstances change, and you no longer require our in person/virtual support during your labour and/birth, we will shift our support to providing postnatal care for the duration of the on-call period to a maximum of 14 hours. This includes our specialist practitioner roles in infant feeding.
We agree that our role is supportive and that we will always be guided by your birth-preferences, decisions, needs and wishes.
We will not give any medical advice, nor do we purport to be midwives.
We agree to share care and be ‘on call’ from 14 days prior to the due date until your baby has been born.
You will receive access to our Empowered Birth and Beyond Course, & Infant Feeding video series, as well as our First Aid Course.
Should we all decide to meet more than the meetings stated above, these extra meetings are not covered by this agreement and will be paid at a rate of £35/hour.
MEET YOUR DOULAS
I’m a mum of two, Doula UK full-spectrum Doula, BFI accredited BFC, Holistic Sleep Coach (Dip), Advanced Birth & Beyond Practitioner (BA. Hons, UofW), Reiki Master, trauma-informed Birth & Matrescence Coach and believer in YOU!
I help pregnant women and mothers transition through their new, and ever changing roles, so that they feel fully supported and empowered in their monumental transformation that is motherhood…
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
Here is what you are agreeing to as a Shared Care Doula client…
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.
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.
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.
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.
I agree to pay 45p/mile.
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.
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?
Who will attend my labour?
What if I opt for a Cesarean birth?
Are there any additional expenses involved?
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.
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…
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