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 Counsellor 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. I also offer a Night Doula service and an Antenatal Course.
How long does each session typically last?
You can book me for as many sessions per week as required, each for as long as you need, 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. For specific infant feeding support, sessions depend on the individual situation and can be arranged as appropriate.
How long does a Doula stay with a family?
A Postnatal Doula will stay with a family for as long as is needed.
What qualifications do you have?
I am a Recognised Postnatal Doula with Developing Doulas and Doula UK. I am a FEDANT registered Breastfeeding Counsellor (Birth, Baby & You, Dee Bell RM IBCLC) and a Gentle Sleep Educator (BabyEm). I also have a CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education together with 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 where I live, but have accompanied families across the UK and overseas so am happy to travel (charges may vary to reflect this).
How much do you charge?
I don’t ask families to sign up to a package 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 would far sooner my service be accessible and flexible. My charges are as follows:
Postnatal Support- £35ph
Night Doula- £40ph from 9pm to 7am
Infant Feeding Support Session- £45
Antenatal Course (taught over two sessions)- £200
Do you charge mileage?
Mileage is charged at 45p per mile over a ten mile radius of my home in Rugby.
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 within 7 days.
How do I book?
Please contact me on 07809 894406 or at email@example.com where I will gladly speak with you further to arrange a no obligation meet up.