Lives in: London N1 7
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I cover most postcodes in the following boroughs: Islington, Hackney, Camden, Haringey, Tower Hamlets, City of London, Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea.
3 Step Rewind Practitioner for Birth Trauma
I’m Lucy a mum of two, from London, founder of The Doula Days and a Qualified NCT Early Days Practitioner. As a young mum (many years ago now) I found myself riding on the rollercoaster of emotions, lacking support, information and not knowing where to turn and feeling somewhat isolated. Having read the one book that was then available and that every new parent seemed to read, I embarked on a journey of discovery, through a mixture of laughter, tears and the unwavering support of my parents. (Of course, they had to have a mention having been on the receiving end of many 3 am phone calls in the days before What’s App.) I have always been fascinated with all things pregnancy and baby related and even been nicknamed a baby nerd by my friends ( a title I am proud to have) and despite me taking a rather long pathway to get here, those who know me best would always tell you that this was my vocation and my perfect job! Through my own lived experience and of course, my studies I have come to realise how overlooked the postnatal period is and how little support is out there for parents and families and my passion to change this has been fuelled from there. The early days can be very overwhelming and the vast amount of information available, often with conflicting views can leave parents feeling more confused than ever. I believe every parent should be able to easily access support during this time, whatever their circumstances and even more so with the increased demands that modern life places on us along with the cultural and societal expectations that we face. The fourth trimester is important and special, it’s a time when you and your baby are getting to know each other and learning together. Whether it’s your first time or your third time each little life and experience is different. It’s a time of adjustment for all the family and I believe it’s essential that you are properly supported, nurtured and cared for during this period, allowing you time to recover from the birth and concentrate on getting to know your baby. As a Postnatal Doula, I am there to support you in many different ways, taking away some of the pressures of ‘day to day’ living. The support I offer may change from visit to visit and depends on you and your family’s needs at that time. However, as a guide, this can include practical help such as doing your shopping, preparing a meal, allowing you time to sleep or having a shower/bath while I look after the baby. I am also there to offer emotional support, whether that be spending time going for a walk, chatting, laughing or crying or just listening (it may even be all of them!) I am there to reassure, encourage and empower you to make the right decisions for you and your family. Providing you with evidence-based research, helping you to find your own unique parenting style that is right for you, without judgement and allowing you to listen to your own parental instincts. Additionally, I can signpost you to various support groups and activities that are taking place in your local area. There is no right time to engage with a postnatal doula, for some parents, this may be in the early stages of pregnancy planning ahead for the support they might like and for others, it can be whilst they are still at the hospital. Other parents may get in touch when their baby is a few weeks old, but whichever time you choose I’ll be happy to engage and discuss your requirements and ensure that your individual needs are met in whatever capacity you feel best supported.
- Welcome Home Package – hours can be booked in blocks of ten, twenty or thirty plus hours. (Includes two hours for postnatal planning during the antenatal period) ideal for parents/families who would like to have regular support in those first few weeks with baby care, looking after siblings, catching up on sleep, going to appointments and light household duties.
- Flexible Package – ideal for parents/families who are unsure of the level of support they may require. this package can be booked on an ad-hoc basis (Minimum of three hours support at a time) and is subject to availability.
There is also the option to book a progressive package with more intensive help in the first weeks and gradually reduce over time. Beginning with 4 hrs per day for 5 days in the first week and ending with 3 hours a day for 2 days per week in week 6.