Postnatal (Mentored) Postnatal (Mentored)
Lives in: Felixstowe IP11
Local info and availability:
I cover Felixstowe and happy to drive 30 minutes out. Examples of areas covered: Felixstowe, Ipswich, Woodbridge.
Hi, my name is Alice and I live in Felixstowe, Suffolk. I understand first hand how tough it can be to care for a new baby with limited support. My initial parenting journey was not always easy, but I learned so much, especially about trusting my intuition and going with the flow. However, having non-judgemental support during this time would have been invaluable.
In today’s society I feel most people don’t receive the support they need during the postnatal period, and are often expected to just ‘get on with it’. We don’t live in tribes anymore, where a new mother/postpartum person would be cared for by others while they cared for their baby. Grandparents, parents, siblings, aunties, and all the extended family would be available to cook, clean and support the new mother/postpartum person so they could concentrate on looking after their baby. But now we are expected to do it alone, with many new parents living far away from their family and loved ones, and the advice and support that is available can often be unsolicited! That is where I come in, to offer non-judgmental support, comfort and care – to help by being part of your village.
I completed the postnatal doula initial preparation course with Younique postnatal, which gave me a big insight into the role of a postnatal doula. The course is amazing and taught me a lot about supporting new parents during the sensitive postnatal period, especially about how each family’s experience of the postnatal period is unique. However, supporting parents during the postpartum period is in my bones, I feel it is my calling to do this work. I am a naturally caring person, and have always felt a deep need to provide nourishing food to friends and neighbours after they have given birth. Such as, by leaving comforting broth on their doorstep or by cooking and serving delicious soup – then giving them time to enjoy it while I hold their baby (and washing up before I leave!).
I have a background in Nutrition and Food Science, and I’m keen to combine my expertise in this area with my doula work by providing nourishing meals and snacks. It is so important to consume nutritious food after giving birth in order give your body the best chance to heal. Since having children I have an inner knowing that helping new mothers/postpartum people is what I am on this earth to do. As a postnatal doula I feel it is so important to honour and respect the sacred postnatal period, and I encourage as much rest as possible to allow the body to heal after growing and birthing a baby. I understand that each person is different and each family’s postnatal journey will be individual to them. Therefore it is my job to help you to go with the flow of parenthood, and be there to support you while you find your feet during the early days and weeks of becoming a new parent. My services will be tailored to suit each family’s needs, but some examples of support I can offer include: providing comforting and nourishing food and drink, non-judgmental emotional support, breast/chest/bottle feeding support, baby care while you take a well deserved break in the bath, bed or just on the sofa, caring for siblings and signposting you to relevant services that might benefit you on your journey. Please check out my website to find out more about me and what I can offer you and your family. I would love to have a chat and get to know you better!
Testimonial: Alice’s calm, reassuring presence really made me feel better when I was having a rough time breastfeeding. I only found out about postnatal doulas when my baby was three months old – I really wish I’d have known earlier that help was available as the first couple of months after giving birth are really hard (especially as I had a c-section). After my husband went back to work, I was suddenly alone most days with a baby and a dog, suffering a lot of pain; I felt overwhelmed a lot of the time. With Alice there, everything felt much more manageable – suddenly there was someone taking care of me too. Thank you, Alice! (Georgia, Suffolk)