Welcome to VanessaDoula.... Here's an insight into my philosophy of 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 x
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 currently finishing my Doula Preparation course and have completed studying a Mindfulness Diploma course. I have recently began dipping my toes into learning reflexology, 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 and labour. 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. I have found a love of crafting which brings me a feeling of calm and peace and I look forward to meeting you xx
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
Doula support during Covid-19
During this unprecedented and uncertain time I can provide remote support during pregnancy. This can be a virtual chat, information sharing or answering that burning question you have. Contact me to arrange a suitable time.
What I Offer
Labour and Birth
With my Birthing Guidance, I offer unwavering support to you and your family before, during and after 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.
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.
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.
As a doula, I am able to accompany you (and your partner) through the process of preparing for birth and support you during labour, birth and bonding in the post-natal period.
I can support you in the first 12 weeks after birth.
In the current climate you may not be able to have your planned birth partner with you due to quarantine restrictions, work commitments, travel disruptions or even being unwell. In this instance I may be available to be your birth partner.
I offer a bespoke service and would love you to contact me to discuss your individual needs.
I cover Edinburgh, Lothians, Fife, Falkirk and Stirling. I will consider further locations within a 1 hour driving radius.
Ask me about individual pricing for antenatal/postnatal visits only.
Full Doula Service
Breakdown of Fees
Antenatal visits – minimum 2 (approx. 2-3hrs per visit) -
Exclusive on-call period from 38-42 weeks - £420.00 (28 days x £15 per day)
Labour and birth
Postnatal visits/debrief – (1-2 visits)
£15.00 per hour
Available for between 2 and 4 hours a day, in person or virtually.
Minimum contract duration is 10 hours.
£15 per hour including travel time for each visit. Travel expenses may be added at 45p per mile depending on location.
Deposit of £100 upon signing of contract.