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 a registered Doula having completed my Doula Preparation course and have studieda 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
Labour and Birth Workshop
Exciting new addition at VanessaDoula
Vanessa is now offering a Labour and Birth Workshop. This invaluable knowledge is offered as part of your Birth Doula package.
Discover all you need to know about this exciting and daunting journey you are about to undertake. You're in great hands with Vanessa who will prepare you for this magical adventure.
You will learn the mechanics of birth, signs of labour, coping strategies and comfort techniques.
You will learn and practice breathing and relaxation techniques.
You will learn terminology to look out for and know what your midwife is talking about.
You will learn how your birth partner can best support you.
You will learn about possible interventions and what happens if you need an assisted birth with forceps, ventouse or a Caesarean Section.
You will learn all about your postpartum body and the changes you can expect.
You will learn about your newborn baby and how best to care for him/her.
This 4 hour interactive workshop is a comprehensive look at the adventure of labour and birth for you and your birth partner.
You will enjoy some social time to enjoy a tea/coffee and homemade cake during the class and will receive an information booklet to accompany the class where you can make as many notes as you like. You will also receive an essentials labour pack full of goodies for that special day.
Please get in touch to find out about future dates.
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 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.
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.
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)
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).
£15.00 per hour
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.
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