Every birth is special. Whether it takes place at the hospital or at home, each is beautiful and deserving of celebration. No matter how you birth your baby, everyone can benefit from having a doula present at the moment of delivery. Contact me to learn more about my services, and how I can help you bring your own child into this beautiful world.
As a professional Doula in the Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire area, I offer personalised prenatal, birthing, and postnatal care. My goal is to give you and your family the support and knowledge you need to make informed decisions about your pregnancy and labour process. To learn more about me and the services that I offer, please get in touch.
What Is A Doula
A Doula [pronounced Doo la] is a woman who is trained to provide support to women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth, and the period of time following the birth.
An experienced Doula can mean so much more for you, your partner and your family.
As a Doula i will be there to support you, dispel your fears and anxieties, empower you, reassure you, keep you calm, keep your partner calm, ease your pain, comfort you. I will be there for you and only you throughout your labour you will NEVER be left alone confused and afraid. I will endeavor to help you feel completely safe, confident and trust in your own amazing ability to give birth.
Women helping women in childbirth has been practiced for many many years and is still practiced today especially in non industrialized countries. Sadly western society has seen child birth move from homes with the readily availabe support of mums, sisters and aunties to hospitals where birth has become very clinical having little female or motherly emotional and physical support.
Research has shown that having an experienced woman with you throughout labour can:
shorten the length of labour by 25%
reduce the need for pain relief by 30%
reduce epidural requests by 60%
decrease cesarean section rate by 50%
enhance the birth experience for both mother & father
What I Do
Every family is unique, so I offer a variety of doula services personalized for each birthing experience. Regardless of what you choose, we will dive into your beliefs and expectations around labor and birth. Together, we will explore your physical and emotional strengths and limitations to ensure you’re completely prepared. Please get in touch to learn more about the various services that I offer.
After beginning our relationship with a meet and greet, as your doula I am committed to your health and the wellbeing of your growing family, available whenever needed throughout your entire pregnancy as well as after giving birth. I will be there to provide you with continuous emotional and physical support, and answer any and all questions you may have.
I will meet with you 2-3 times before the birth. The first meeting will be an interview, this is your's and your partners chance to see whether you would like use my services. If you decided to ask me to be your Doula, we will arrange our other meetings so that we can become more familiar with each other and discuss what you or you and your partner expect and want from the birth of you baby. These visits will be approximately 2 hours.
I can help you in developing your birth plan.
I can attend antenatal appointments with you wish
I will be available to you by phone or email to answer questions and make suggestions any time before labour begins.
You will have priority on my time during the on call period
I will be as flexible as possible in meeting your needs.
I will be on 24 hour call for you from 10 days before your estimated delivery date until after the birth. Be with you from the early signs of labour should you wish me to be and come to your home if requested.
I will Stay with you throughout your labour until you and your new baby are at ease and comfortable. I will be there to suggest the bespoke non-medical comfort measures we will have discussed prior to labour i.e birth ball, positions, massage etc.. I will help you communicate effectively with all members of the medical multi disciplinary team who are caring for you. Should you not understand their terminology, procedures or recommendations i will do my best to explain them to you
You will have my undivided attention and support. I will endeavour to e encourage and empower you throughout labour and support you in any decisions that you make. I will also make sure your partner is involved and reassured at all times. It will be my intention to help create a calm and peaceful birth environment where ever that may be.
If you would like photos taken during labour, birth, and recovery i will try to do so circumstance and hospital policy permitting
Should you have a longer than normal stay in hospital i will visit you in hospital if you require me to
Discuss with you before and after the birth what you feel your postnatal needs may be and form a bespoke postnatal plan of care for you depending on your new circumstances. It maybe that you will only need a few postnatal visits or you may need regular visits up to 6 weeks after the birth
I will Help you feel in control, more relaxed and empowered in your new role. Should you need further information provide you with researched based information and advice on feeding methods. If you choose to breastfeed i will assist with any anxieties surrounding feeding and
Assist with the general care of your baby should you need me to. I will also
help you to focus on the care of your newborn, therefore should you require me to help with older children, help with light household duties we can tailor your postnatal package to suit your family.
Investment for Services
Best of the Best
£85 (lasting approx 2.5 hrs) tailored to meet your needs
Things that we can cover
Detailed Birth Preparation
Meditation and Relaxation Techniques - I am also a Yoga Teacher with a Pre and Post Natal Fitness Qualification. I have extensive experience in teaching relaxation and and Breath Control Techniques.
Breastfeeding and Baby Care Education
Every family is different, with the right information and support during this time you will confident and empowered to make the right decisions for you . The fee is inclusive of unlimited emails, texts & telephone calls.
Birth Doula Package
2 x 2 hour private one to one antenatal session, which will take place in the comfort of your own home on a day and time that suits you. We will cover all aspects of labour, birth & beyond and if applicable take the time to reflect on previous pregnancies/births.
An information pack containing everything covered during the sessions plus useful contact details and reference sites.
A personalised birth preference document detailing all your wishes.
Full use of my collection of books, dvd’s and cd’s relating to pregnancy and birth.
I will be on call for the birth 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from 10 days prior to your due date until week 42.
Continuity of care throughout your labour and birth.
Full use of Aromatherapy oils if you wish to use them.
Guidance with the first feed and what to expect in the following hours and days.
Postnatal aromatherapy salt bath remedy.
1 x 2 hour postnatal visit usually with in 10 days of the birth, taking time to reflect on your experience and giving you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about you or your baby and what to expect in those early weeks.
Advice and support available via phone or email from time of booking until 6 weeks post birth.
Additional visits can be arranged if required.
How I can Help
Provide you with the time and opportunity to reflect on your recent birth experience.
Give reassurance and encouragement regarding feeding options and techniques, whichever way you have chosen to feed your baby.
Help practically within the home environment, by doing jobs such as the laundry, shopping, cooking etc where required.
Support the wider family, for example playing with older children or collecting children from school/nursery.
I'm available to discuss options of all aspects of postnatal care and development.
Give you a chance to sleep/rest when you need to, by looking after the baby.
The fees for postnatal visit is £40 for 2 hours, plus travel expenses. Hourly rate after the initial 2 hours - £16 per hour.
I came across Lisa when searching for a doula for my 3rd pregnancy. My previous
pregnancies were far from what I had planned, and I wanted to feel somewhat more in control with a doula, even though I had a doula in my second pregnancy, the experience I had with Lisa was so much better than all the previous births.
So, when I met Lisa for the first time, she asked me about my previous birth experience, and I explained that my first was an emergency c section, after a gruelling 20-hour labour. Due to
the emergency c section, I was traumatised for years and feared going through the whole ordeal again, so when I fell pregnant 7 years later, I decided to look for some support through
a doula. Unfortunately, this experience was frustratingly bad too. My doula spent most of the time she had with me talking about her pregnant daughter, and instead of me feeling listened to and supported, I found myself counselling her. It did not help that she was due a week
before me, so I did not feel I had her full attention. I went on to dilate fully but have an assisted forceps delivery with a lot of tearing. I felt very disappointed with the experience and let down and went on to develop severe postnatal depression.
6 years later, my search for a doula resurfaced after falling pregnant again, with it came the trauma of my previous awful experiences. From the onset, Lisa was so empathetic and took her time listening to my concerns, I felt at ease with her instantly and felt I could trust her to help me with my birth.
Throughout my pregnancy, she kept in touch with me by meeting up with me, and by phone and text, and I was able to share any concerns I had. I was diagnosed with gestational
diabetes with the pregnancy, and Lisa sent me lots of information and useful articles that made me feel reassured. What I loved about Lisa was how she knew so much about my cultural practices and was very respectful of that; I did not feel awkward explaining my
cultural traditions around birth and she helped incorporate that into my birth plan brilliantly. This in comparison to my previous birth was so much better, I felt accepted and fully supported.
This time, I had a firm birth plan and full support from Lisa, my birth was the most perfect experience I had. She constantly reminded me that she was waiting for my call when I went into labour and her diary was cleared in wait for my labour day. This was what I wanted to hear, especially as I previously did not feel a priority with my last doula.
Lisa was fantastic during the labour, her calm and confident approach made me trust her, and she helped me through most of the dilation at home with easy breathing exercises. I literally followed her breathing as I was anxious at the beginning, but I soon relaxed and let my body do what it was designed to do naturally. When I went into hospital, it was a short while before I was ready to push my baby out. What I loved about Lisa was how she involved my husband during the labour, and was not pushy or over dominating the birth, and when I gave birth to my son with just gas and air, she left us to bond in the initial few minutes after birth. It was just perfect, and the best birth experience I could have asked for- and in some way therapeutic.
I cannot thank Lisa enough; I would say she is an angel! I could not have asked for a better birth partner, and I honestly cannot recommend a more chilled, understanding, and lovely birth support. I love the fact that she is so well informed about different cultures and respectful of different practices and encourages you to do things your way without feeling ignored.
Thank you once again Lisa,
Love from Shamima and Zakaria xxx
"If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life"