Covid World Support

Emergency Labour Support


If you are in labour now, and have been advised to stay at home a little longer, or you just need some reassurance then you can call me, text or Whatsapp me free of charge on 07724 023612 If I am unavailable there are more doulas offering this emergency service here.

Keep trying – someone will answer.
Doulas are not health professionals. We cannot give you medical advice. We can give you emotional support and practical tips for labour.


It’s 2020 the world has changed. The Covid-19 pandemic has changed how doula support is delivered and you may well find yourself navigating birth choices you weren’t expecting to make.

The good news is that doulas, and I, are still here and we are still supporting you. There is an increasing body of anecdotal evidence that digital or distance doula support is as effective and transformative as face to face. In some cases face to face support is still available and contracts which begin in a distance format can be converted to face to face if infection control regimes are relaxed during the course of your pregnancy.

Covid World - Pregnancy & Birth Support


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Investment – £500-£750

Booking me to support you virtually throughout your pregnancy will get me by your side from the day you sign the contract until your baby is born, and then for some weeks after. Through a variety of digital and distance communication methods, we can establish your hopes, dreams and fears for this incredible journey.

You will benefit from my recent and ongoing experience of navigating local hospitals and birth provider teams, as well as my links with other local doulas, the Central Cheshire Maternity Voices Partnership, and other local support organisations such as Motherwell Cheshire CIO.

With my support you will be able to get a clear idea of your birth preferences and how they might apply to different infection control scenarios, but most importantly you will be able to approach your birth positively as the occasion requires.

You will be able to discuss outcomes of your official ante-natal appointments in a safe, non-judgemental and unhurried space and I can provide you with additional information about anything that you may have questions about.

You will enjoy the benefit of planning a sumptuous 4th trimester – the period after your baby has arrived, where you will bond and recover. We will discuss what support you might require and make sure that you have that support lined up to call on as and when you need it, even if you don’t.

If you are taking this journey with a significant other, my support includes them as well, we can talk all together or separately about whatever subjects you need to explore. Which need not be only pregnancy birth or 4th trimester related.

If you are local enough to me that we can arrange a contact free delivery and return, I can also lend you books from my pregnancy, birth and early parenting library for no additional charge.

I will be on-call for you and you only to support you through your labour from 38 weeks until your baby is born. This means that at any time of day or night, you can call me to provide support as you need it through your labour. This support will be tailored to whatever suits you, but could, for example, be a series of short telephone calls or a video call lasting the whole of your labour.

You will benefit from a confidence and surety in your body’s ability to birth your baby in whatever circumstance.

The investment for the benefits this significant emotional support can provide you with is £500.00.
If you choose me as your sole birth partner, to attend you in person, (which will depend on us both being symptom free), then I will take additional infection control precautions (such as not leaving our house) from 37 weeks and will have to self-isolate from my family for a week to 10 days after your birth. This will generate an additional investment of £250.

Ad-hoc Ante-natal & Post-natal support


Maybe the thought of a full package is too much for you to think about at the moment, but you or your partner if you have one, do anticipate the need to speak and connect more widely about topics that are affecting you in pregnancy and in your 4th trimester, and need some of the benefits listed above.
If you are pregnant, or newly post-natal you can contact me for a free one-off call (maximum 45 mins) to chat about anything that’s on your mind.

After an initial call that will establish whether we both like the sound of each other you may realise that you need or want more sustained support. After a brief verification process that will confirm that we are both who we say we are, you can book me for ad-hoc Zoom calls (a maximum of 1.5 hours per session) charged at £20 per hour.

This represents the value of my actual time listening to and supporting you, but also the time when we are not in direct contact that I will spend reading, researching and searching for information and resources that I will follow up with to support your specific needs.
This is a fluid offer, you may find that you want to book more than one session, but I will always follow up each call with an email with related links and information to our conversation.

This service will not be available at weekends, after 6pm or when I am on call for a birth.


Birth Support Package (Mentored)

 

My Birth Support Package provides you with one to one support during your Pregnancy, labour, birth and immediately after.

Usually we will meet twice before labour to discuss and work through any issues, questions or desires you might have about labour and early parenting.

At 38 weeks I will be on call for you 24 hours a day, until your baby is born.

I will stay with you in labour from the time I arrive after your call, until you baby is born and you are settled in that heady after glow whether that be at Home, a Midwife Led Unit or a Hospital scenario.

I can also support you and your family if you or your baby need additional support after birth.

Investment: £550 to be paid as a non-refundable deposit of £200 and the balance to be paid by 36 weeks.

Post-Natal Support Package (Mentored)

 

My post-natal support package is for an initial booking of 20 hours, scheduled to suit our combined schedules and to give you as much support as you need.

The package can begin as soon after baby has arrived as you need.

Post-Natal Support is for you and your family, you are not paying me to look after your baby for you, although I can hold them for a little while if you need a break or a shower or something.

Investment: £250 for an initial block of 20 hours. There is a Non-Refundable Deposit, equivalent to 3 hours work – £37.50 at the time of booking, the remainder to be paid on a weekly basis for hours worked.

Additional Hours over the initial 20, can be booked at £12.50 per hour + transport costs (Mileage @ 40p per mile if I’m driving)

Decluttering Support

 

If making space in your home for a new human and the extra “stuff” they seem to come with, is feeling like a daunting task. I can help.

A clutter free home, has many benefits:

  • It is easier and quicker to clean and tidy.

  • Having gone to the effort of removing stuff from your home, you begin to change how you acquire stuff. Fewer things coming in, means fewer things to tidy, and more money in your bank account.

  • You learn to critically evaluate the messages you receive all the time about what you need.

  • Fewer things, are better for the environment.

  • You can remove any negative emotional attachments by removing the things that trigger those emotions (If you are ready to).

  • You are able to think more clearly and are less stressed.

  • You can easily see what you have and what you need, therefore avoiding buying any unnecessary top ups.

  • You can help charities by donating items you are removing from your home.

  • You can reduce the amount of plastic purchased and used in your home.

I do not have a pre-conceived notion of how your house should look, before or indeed after. The end goal is yours, and you do need to have had some thought about what you want to achieve, but I can support you physically and emotionally to reach that goal.

This service can be tacked on to any of the other offers or can be purchased as a stand-alone.

Investment: Introductory offer: £10 per hour plus feedback and testimonials, to be paid weekly as worked. I would recommend an initial consultation/visit of 2 hours.

 

Parental Expectation Session

 

This is an online discussion with the birthing parent and their partner on how the world’s going to look when the baby comes.

If you are a blended family or you have a large age gap between your children, you will benefit from this semi-structured, mediated discussion to establish a common ground in your parenting and life after baby expectations, and aspirations. Starting this conversation before the baby arrives and ironing out any major differences of opinion before the sleep deprivation and back to work stress kick in, will help you overcome those hurdles with a smile on your face and understanding in your hearts.

All this with the added bonus of my doula love and this can be a standalone session or added on to the Covid world Pregnancy & Birth support Package, but it does need to have both parents involved.

Using some structured models, and some counselling skills, I will support you to identify your individual expectations on life after birth. This might include things like, how to look after a baby, relationships with in-laws, information/knowledge gaps, working or not, time for your couple relationship, supporting each other, self-care and mental health.

It is likely that after the first session, you will both have “homework” to bring to the second session to finally build your 4th trimester plan.
These sessions must take place before the baby is born, and might even be of benefit to you before conception.

Investment: Introductory offer 2 x 2-hour Zoom sessions with birthing parent and partner for £50.

I offer my services to you with compassion at this time.

If you take some benefit from any of my free offers, I do have a Ko-fi page where you can donate any amount of money you are able to, which will in turn help me support more women, who may not be able to pay.

https://ko-fi.com/doulamelanie

 

How to Pay Me

 

I prefer bank transfers (details provided on signing of contracts) as I find these the simplest to administer, but I can accept cheques or cash.

I also accept Doula UK gift vouchers for my Birth and Post-natal packages – details of which can be found here https://doula.org.uk/product/doula-gift-voucher/

they are a really great gift, if anyone’s asking what to get you or the baby!

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Birth Support Package
Starting from £550

My Birth Support Package provides you with one to one support during your Pregnancy, Labour, Birth and immediately after the birth of your little one.

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Post-Natal Support Package
Starting from £250

My post-natal support package is for an initial booking of 20 hours, scheduled to suit our combined schedules and to give you as much support as you need.

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Decluttering Support
£10/hour

If making space in your home for a new human and the extra “stuff” they seem to come with, is feeling like a daunting task. I can help.

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Parental Expectation Session
£40

Mediated discussion with the birthing parent and their partner before baby's birth, on how the world’s going to look when the baby comes.

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