Welcome to LovelyNess.... I am here to help with your Doula needs and introduce you to Baby classes in your area.

Here's an insight into my philosophy for life. Dance like no-ones watching, Love like you've never been hurt, Work like you don't need the money, Sing like no-ones listening and Live like it's heaven on earth.


Vanessa x

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About Me

My Background

I am a mum of two grown up children and have one beautiful granddaughter, I live in Kirkliston near Edinburgh and I currently work in Education.  I am qualified as a birth and postnatal doula and cover Edinburgh, Lothians, Falkirk, Fife, parts of Glasgow and Stirling. My previous career was as a midwife for 8 years and I have renewed my passion for pregnancy, childbirth and beyond. I see each pregnancy and birth as a unique miracle. I help women embark on their birthing journey gently through breathing exercises, relaxation techniques and mindfulness. I am a registered Doula having completed my Doula Preparation course and have studied a Mindfulness Diploma course. I have also recently completed a Reflexology diploma, meaning that I give a great foot massage.

As an experienced Doula, my goal is to give you and your family the attention and knowledge you need to make informed decisions about your pregnancy, labour, birth and those first precious few weeks. I love working with expectant mothers and their families to help them navigate the birth and labour process. I look at each new birth as a unique experience and in return I provide mothers with the encouragement and motivation they need. My recent learning opportunity is training to provide Baby Massage. I have found a love of crafting which brings me feelings of calm and peace and I look forward to meeting you. If you would like to know more please contact me below xx


Initial Consultation

Let the journey begin.

I offer a no obligation meeting to find out if we are 'right' for each other, this usually lasts about 30 minutes. There are lots of great doulas out there so you may want to meet with a few before making your decision. If we are a good fit we can take some time before we make an agreement, there is no rush. Contact me to find out more, I look forward to meeting you very soon. With current restrictions in place we can chat using any online platform x

My Services

What I Offer

Expectant Couple

Labour and Birth

Offering Support

With my Birthing Guidance, I offer unwavering support to you and your family before, during and after birth. I will prepare you with pre-natal sessions explaining all about labour and birth. I will stay in close contact in order to routinely check how you’re doing and step in with anything you might need. I will join you in labour when you feel the time is right. I will encourage relaxation techniques, breathing exercises and tips for positioning. I will provide emotional support and I will stay with you throughout labour until your baby is born. During labour a doula can help to provide a calm and re-assuring environment and a soothing touch. I can encourage you to ask questions and speak up for what you want and I can enhance communication between parents and their midwife or doctor.

Mother and Baby

Postnatal Support

Here for You

Pregnancy, birth and the early days and weeks of life with a new baby can be very scary and stressful. My role with the Postnatal Support service is to ensure you get the best information and care possible up to 12 weeks postnatal. No matter when you need me, I will be there offering support. I can offer help with breast/bottle feeding issues. I can help you to get the rest you need to support your new family. Support can be half or full days or just a few hours when you most need some help. Please get in touch to discuss your needs.

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Antenatal Visits

Informative and Compassionate

I take on a limited number of clients at any one time to make sure I can give you the full care and attention you deserve. By offering Antenatal Visits, my goal is to reduce any stress, allowing you to pay attention to your body and your baby. I offer a minimum of 2 visits antenatally where we can discuss your hopes, fears and together make a plan that you and your partner are happy with. I can find evidence-based information about your options and can help explain medical procedures.



Full Doula Service

Breakdown of Fees

Antenatal visits for education or relaxation sessions – minimum 2 (approx. 2-3hrs per visit)

Welcome pack to enhance your pregnancy experience.

Exclusive on-call period from 38-42 weeks - £420.00 (28 days x £15 per day)

Full Labour and birth support

Postnatal visits/debrief – (1-2 visits)

Discount for Baby Massage classes once your baby is over 8 weeks. 

£15.00 per hour

Postnatal support

I am available for 2 hour sessions, in person or virtually. This support is tailored to your needs at the time.
£15 per hour including travel time for each visit. Travel expenses may be added at 45p per mile depending on location.
Payment to be made at the end of each session.


Other Services

Mindfulness and meditation activities
Hand/foot massage
Breastfeeding support
Baby Massage
Prices available on request.


Further Information

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Trained with Katy
Feb 2021


Local to Edinburgh

Your local Tree Babies Guide

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Member of Scottish Doula Network

since April 2021

Payment by Paypal, Bank transfer or cash

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Postpartum perineal pain 20/7/21
Perinatal Mental Health 20/7/21
Breastfeeding the 4th Trimester 20/7/21