Lives in: Ilfracombe EX34
Local info and availability:
North Devon. I will consider clients up to 1.5 hours travelling time from Ilfracombe.
Hi I’m Connie. I am the mother to two wonderful children 1 girl and 1 boy. I have worked in healthcare throughout my working career; but following my own childbirth experience I started on the journey towards becoming a doula. I was lucky enough to find a fantastic antenatal teacher who empowered my partner and I with the knowledge and skills to take forward, and we went on to have two amazing births.
I hope to offer the same opportunities that I was given to other women and their partners so that you too can enter childbirth with confidence, clarity and excitement, not fear. Pregnancy, childbirth and becoming a parent are some of the most significant events we will go through in our lives so it is a worthy investment to arm yourself with the right tools to give you the best chance of getting off to a great start. There are many things that women can do to help encourage their labour to progress and assist their baby to be born and having a woman experienced in childbirth, such as a doula, present with you continuously throughout your labour and birth to support you can significantly improve your chances of giving birth without medical intervention. Unfortunately much of this knowledge and these skills are not routinely taught to pregnant women as part of their antenatal care, and there can be no guarantee of continuity of Midwifery care.
As your birth Doula, I will be present to support you throughout your pregnancy, to assist you in discussing and planning your options for the birth of your baby and provide you with any support or guidance you may need to help you to prepare for your birth. I will attend your labour and birth supporting and assisting you for the duration, ensuring you will have the continuous support of a known caregiver who you can entrust to uphold your wishes and birth plan in any event. I will continue to support and guide you postnataly with the aim to ease your transition into parenthood. As part of my birth doula package I also offer the opportunity to attend my RCM accredited active birth antenatal classes and use of my ‘birth in a box’ inflatable birth pool at no extra charge.
In order to support you during your first few weeks or months of parenthood, I can provide a post natal Doula service. My aim is to support you to find your new rhythm and ways of managing your life alongside caring for your new baby. This may include practical support whilst you learn to manage the balance between domestic and parenting duties. I can assist with either or both of these. Entering parenthood can be mentally tough; sleep deprivation, a crying baby and a dramatic change of lifestyle can leave you in need of some tlc. I can provide you with much needed emotional support, maintaining your mental wellbeing is paramount so you can concentrate on being a great parent. I can provide a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on and someone to confide in and reassure you that you’re doing great or signpost you to the right help if you do need extra support with something. I can also provide you with the opportunity for a short break and space whilst you recharge your batteries. If you need more specialised support; I can provide information on breast and formula feeding, techniques for soothing your baby and optimising sleep for infant and mother.
Pregnancy and childbirth is one of life’s miracles, it is one of the most memorable and life changing events for all involved and to be invited on that journey with you will be a true honour.