What support can you offer me?

My main role is to care for you as a new parent. I am your companion, supporting you to be the best parent you can be. I will ensure you are hydrated, prepare nutritious meals and snacks for you, listen to any worries and concerns you may have and signpost you to the latest evidence-based information where necessary. My experience as a Mother, Breastfeeding Peer Supporter and Nanny has given me a good grounding in baby care and feeding support to compliment my Doula training. I am happy to do light housework, such as hoovering and sorting the laundry, and to attend appointments with you. I can pop to the shops for you or take care of your newborn, settling them to sleep or babywearing whilst you rest.

How long does each session typically last?

You can book me for as many sessions per week as required, however clients typically book me for a 3-4 hour session a number of times each week, to be arranged one week in advance. I have a number of clients at any one time so it is first-come first-served. To secure specific sessions each week block booking is advised.

How long does a Doula stay with a family?

Usually a Postnatal Doula stays with a family for up to 3 months post-birth.

What qualifications do you have?

I am a Recognised Postnatal Doula with Developing Doulas and Doula UK. I am a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers and a Gentle Sleep Educator with BabyEm. I also have a CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education and the Norland Diploma. 

What is the difference between my role as a Nanny and now as Doula Lou?

As a Nanny I had responsibility of the children in the family, providing stimulating and age-appropriate activities, whilst keeping them healthy and safe. My responsibility as Doula Lou, however, is to care for the birthing person and baby and to support them where necessary.

Can you also look after siblings?

My role as Doula Lou does not include care of siblings and my insurance does not cover me to take siblings outside the family home. However, if you are busy feeding and a sibling would like someone to read them a story or play a game then, of course, I am happy to do this.

Can I ask for references before you start?

Absolutely. I can put you in touch with clients I have worked with previously.

Do I have to book in advance?

Once we have met and are both happy the fit feels right, then an agreement is signed and I will put your due date in my diary. As soon as baby is here, we can discuss and book your first sessions.

What areas do you cover?

I cover the whole of Warwickshire and parts of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. Please get in touch to find out more.

How much do you charge?

£25 per hour. I don’t offer packages as experience has taught me that families don’t often know what support they need before their baby arrives, and also that the help needed can differ from one week to the next. I request a deposit upon booking please.

How do I pay my Doula?

At the end of each week I will send an invoice and payment can be made via bank transfer or cheque within 7 days.

Do you charge mileage?

Yes, I charge 40p per mile over a 10 mile radius of Rugby.

How do I book?

Please contact me on 07809 894406 or at louisa_hirst@hotmail.co.uk where I will gladly speak with you further to arrange a no obligation meet up.

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