Lives in: Raunds NN9
Local info and availability:
Northamptonshire North Bedfordshire North & West Cambridgeshire Anywhere within 40 minutes of Raunds e.g. Olney, Bozeat, Newport Pagnell etc.
** 26th March 2020 – quick update to let you know I am available now for telephone, messaging and FaceTime/Skype support on a ‘pay-what-you-can-afford’ basis for pregnancy, Labour & Birth, postpartum and Breastfeeding support and encouragement. Homebirths or hospital births. Please reach out in these worrying times, for a calming virtual presence and encouragement. **
This is the section where I use the power of written-hypnotism to entice you to contact me in the form below… “look into my eyes…”
Sometimes it’s enough to say “I’m Irish and I have a great sense of humour!” for a woman to choose me, and sometimes they actually want to know a little about what motivates me, my experiences, and a rough idea of what to expect from me in our time together (wise move!).
My name is Julie Ann, and I am a mother of two and dog owner, living in Raunds, Northamptonshire. I am from Ireland but have lived for many years in London and Olney, with many other places in between. Prior to my ‘calling’ into studying Midwifery (2014), I had a successful yet draining career as an IT Systems Analyst – commuting 3 hours a day into central London from Olney.
I am in awe of everything pregnancy-related and have been lucky to experience it all from having my own two pregnancies, the role of the Midwife for just under three years (2014-2017) as a Student Midwife, and then from the perspective of a Doula. My transition from studying Midwifery to Doulaing was a fairly easy decision that I made in 2017. I grew increasingly disheartened by the short amount of time we were actually given to support women, and the lack of real continuity of care where women never seemed to have 1-to-1 care with the same, known Midwives. When I learnt about Doulas, it was clear to see that THEY were the ones who had the time and the impartiality to provide really outstanding care to women and families. I work really well with Midwives and if there ever is a time when the work of a Doula can be incorporated more into Midwifery… then that is when I will be returning to my training. For now, I am providing more rewarding support to women as a Doula and I hope that you will get to experience this – whether with me, or any of my peers. I am not a registered Midwife and did not complete my training!
When I use the term “woman” in my writing, I most certainly mean woman/women and birthing people. I will support all birthing people!
“Mentored Doula” means that although I am a trained Doula, I spend a little time after births and postnatal services reflecting with a Recognised Doula who is my mentor. I will probably ask you to fill out a feedback form after our time together, when you have the time, to act as part of my promotion from Mentored to Recognised Doula.
If you’ve not had a Doula before, it is worth knowing that you can have me for your pregnancy/Birth period, or for just the postnatal period, or both.
During your pregnancy I will be on hand either at the other end of the phone, in person over some tea and cake, text messages and – if required – accompanying you to any appointments or classes that you would like me to. I will also be able to shower you with evidence-based information to help you answer any questions that you have about the plans you want to make, or treatments and care pathways you may be advised to take. By the time your birthing day comes around, we would have talked about what you would like me to do and where you would like me to be. I can be there to comfort you; to perform a couple of movements to help relieve any discomfort or change the baby’s position; to keep everyone fed and watered; to generally make sure you have everything you want and need whilst witnessing you and your body achieving the greatest thing you’ve ever done!
I can attend to you and your family as a Postnatal Doula. As with during your pregnancy and birth; this role is driven by what it is that you feel you need assistance with, although I do have a frequently-used list of things that help immensely in case you can’t think of anything. As a new mother you will always be taken care of. I carry out a lot of the care myself, but I will also be there to support the rest of your family network around you and giving them pointers and the confidence to support you themselves in their own personal way.
Infant feeding is one of my favourite parts of both pregnancy and the postnatal period, therefore I am well-trained to help you on your way with breastfeeding if this is how you wish for your baby to be fed. I also come with a variety of slings and baby carriers to introduce you to, and to use myself with your baby if you need a little rest. There are a lot of things that will make your transition into motherhood that little bit easier in the first few weeks, and a lot of them can be carried out by your Doula. From cooking meals, looking after older children, walking the dog, sorting laundry, running some errands… whatever takes the load off of you is what I specialise in.
My Birth services hope to find you early in your pregnancy so that we have the maximum possible time getting to know each other and making sure that you have the most enjoyable pregnancy possible, whilst helping to plan your ideal birth and ensuring you have all of the information that you could possibly need. All births are covered by my Birth services – however you bring your baby into the world; I am here to help you.
My Own Births
My first birth was a medicalised one: induction of labour at 1 week overdue, epidural and laying on a bed in a delivery suite room at hospital. I still look back quite fondly at it all, given that I didn’t know any better. My second birth, early in 2019, was a homebirth in a birthing pool in my own sitting room, with my partner, daughter, Doula, dog and two midwives supporting me.
Aside from 7 years between them, the differences between the two were that one was very, very ill-informed and the other was a beautiful journey where I was in control of absolutely everything – even the flexibility to head on into the maternity unit if I so desired. Whether you know what it is you would like for your pregnancy and birth or not, with a Doula you can be assured that you will be supported all of the way.
Choose A Doula!
Every woman should have a Doula, whether it comes in the form of supportive and knowledgeable women in your family, or friends who are able to provide you with encouragement, support and evidence-based materials to help you to decide what is best for your own body and baby. Bringing a Doula into your life will be incredibly rewarding and ensures that for every day that you will know each other: your Doula will promote feelings of pride and amazement in you, your body and what you are achieving by nurturing and birthing your baby into the world.