I believe birth is a transformational experience - a rite of passage - and, as such, I promise to honour and respect this journey you're on, and to protect its sacredness. I provide pregnant and birthing people with support, love and compassion, a safe space, and knowledge on how to make this as positive and joyful an experience as possible.
Prenatal, birth and postnatal support
As a Holistic Health Coach, prenatal yoga teacher, Thai Yoga Massage therapist and Doula, I offer you holistic support during this sacred journey that is pregnancy and birth.
Whether you're looking for some general advice on nutrition, supplements and movement during these periods, emotional support and coaching, or physical comfort through yoga positions, massage and breathwork, I'm here for you. Take a look at the various services I offer below, or get in touch for more information and a chat.
What is a Doula?
A Doula provides emotional and physical support to the birthing person before, during and after birth
A Doula is a trained, non-medical professional, who works with you to ensure you have all the information you need to make informed choices during your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, helping you create a birthing plan, for example, and addressing any fears you may have, so that you feel confident and empowered, and, ultimately, that you have a positive and satisfying birth experience.
More specifically, Doulas are there to:
advocate for the birthing person
provide physical support during labour (and/or teach the birthing person and partner, if applicable, comfort measures that they can apply during labour and birth)
provide emotional support during pregnancy and labour
provide informational support during pregnancy
hold space for the pregnant/birthing person
What are the benefits of having a Doula?
Evidence shows that the presence of a Doula has both physical and psychological benefits for the birthing person and the baby. These include:
In the most recent, and largest, systematic review of 21 randomised controlled trials, looking at the experiences of over 15,000 women, it was found that in comparison with women who had continuous support (such as provided by a Doula), women who didn't have support had longer labours and were less likely to have a "spontaneous" birth (without the need for vacuum extraction nor forceps).
In the same 2011 review, those who had a Doula were 28% less likely to have a cesarean, and 31% less likely to use synthetic oxytocin to speed up labour.
Reduced need for pain medication
According to the 2011 review, the women with Doulas were 9% less less likely to use any pain medication.
Greater satisfaction with the birth experience
In the 2011 review, 34% of women who were supported by someone (such as a Doula) not on the hospital team nor part of the women's social network, were less likely to rate their childbirth experience negatively.
Reference: Hodnett ED, Gates S, Hofmeyr GJ, Sakala C, Weston J. Continuous support for women during childbirth. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2011, Issue 2.
What a Doula doesn't do
A Doula does NOT...
Answer for, or on behalf of, their client, or make decisions for the client.
Prescribe any treatment or birthing process (e.g. home birth vs hospital birth).
Perform clinical or medical tasks, such as vaginal examination, fetal monitoring, etc.
Diagnose or treat any medical condition, nor give any clinical advice.
Replace the birthing person’s support partner; rather, a Doula is there to also support the support person(!) and to provide a different level of care and understanding.
Before signing up to either of these packages we would have a coffee and chat (online, via Zoom), to get to know one another, and to check that we're a great fit for each other. You can book in for this chat here, or via the button below.
The Complete Care Package
2x 90 minute prenatal visits (in your home) to discuss your birth preferences, learn some comfort techniques and breathing exercises, go over any worries or questions you might have.
Email and Whatsapp support throughout the pregnancy
My attendance at the birth, where I will provide emotional and physical support (including snacks, hydration) and advocacy
1x 90 minute postnatal visit (in your home) for you to reflect on and share your birth experience, to make sure you have the support you need, and to discuss any other questions or concerns you might have.
Please note, this service is only available to those based in the West End of Glasgow, as it requires in-person contact (I am double vaccinated).
The Coaching Package
2x 90 minute prenatal visits to discuss your birth preferences, learn some comfort techniques and breathing exercises, go over any worries or questions you may have.
1x 90 minute postnatal visit for you to reflect on and share your birth experience, to make sure you have the support you need, and to discuss any other questions or concerns you may have.
Email support throughout the pregnancy.
This service is available in-person if you live in the West End of Glasgow, or virtually, via Zoom.
1-2-1 Prenatal Yoga Classes
As a prenatal yoga teacher, Thai Yoga Massage therapist, and Doula, I offer private prenatal yoga tuition, to help address any discomfort and imbalances in the body during pregnancy, and to give you tools for the birth experience (such as breathwork, relaxation techniques, birthing positions, and so on).
Sessions take place online, over Zoom.
Prenatal Thai Yoga Massage
With its rhythmic motions and rocking movements, Thai Yoga Massage is ideally suited to pregnancy. Thai Yoga Massage takes place fully clothed on a thick mat on the floor, so you don't have to worry about getting up on a massage table (or falling off!). You will be lying mostly on your side, with some seated portions. I am currently offering this service at Hope Yoga Studio in Glasgow, Scotland. Please get in touch with me to book.
Please note this treatment is not suitable for 1st trimester.
"Women of Earth, take back your birth!"