Postnatal (Recognised since March 2020)
Birth (Recognised since April 2020)
Lives in: Bath BA1
Local info and availability:
Bath, Bradford on Avon, Trowbridge, Melksham, Bradford Leigh, Broughton Gifford, Lacock, Corsham, Chippenham, Neston, Atworth, Box, Marshfield, Colerne, Monkon Farleigh, Midsomer Norton, Radstock, Camerton, Paulton, Peasdown St John, Tunley, Dunkerton, Kelston, Saltford, Bitton, Wellow, Wick, Corston, Saltford, Cold Ashton, and surrounding areas.
• Hypnobirthing • Maternal Circle pregnancy and postnatal workshops in Bath • Maternal Journal in Bath
Hello, My name is Michelle and I live in Bath, with my husband and twelve year old twins.
My doula philosophy is to be the calm in the room and to hold an open and supported space for people, so they can explore the intricacies of their parenting journey, along with their families.
Antenatally, we will have the opportunity to talk over your fears and hopes, think through your birth preferences/plan by exploring the birth process, as well as getting to know and understand each other, as people and birth are all unique. I will provide evidence based information and ensure you know and understand the choices available to you. We can explore the tools of hypnobirthing, birth art and affirmations too if you are interested. My most important role during birth is to provide nurturing, continuous support and reassurance.
My support covers the RUH, GWH, Chippenham and Frome Birthing Centres, as well as Home Births in the surrounding areas.
Postnatally you will have the opportunity to talk through your concerns, feelings and thoughts about feeding, older siblings, going back to work, sleep. Whilst I ensure you are well nourished and assist with light housework. Whatever your needs may be, all can be supported and it would be my privilege.
I host Maternal Journal locally in Bath.
It is a time to gather with other people on their parenting journeys, whether in pregnancy, first few weeks, months or years. It is an open and supportive space to reflect and explore through creativity, a way to record the mundane or the magic. Journaling can really make a positive difference to mental health and well-being. We share experiences, make friendships, have valuable ‘me time’ and take time to actually explore how you are really feeling through creativity.
You can also find out more on my website at www.doulashell.co.uk
Get in touch
Please drop me an email if you have any queries or would like to meet for a cup of tea and a chat about how I can best support you at this exciting time, I’d love to hear from you.
Everyone deserves a doula and who wouldn’t love a doula to walk with them on this incredible journey?!
“Michelle’s support was invaluable during our pregnancy, birth and beyond. We learnt so much from her antenatal sessions and her friendly relaxed vibe was very reassuring as we planned our birth preferences. She has a wealth of knowledge and a whole library of fab books to loan out. My husband was made to feel involved throughout and Michelle encouraged him to share his views and feelings. He felt that Michelle added to the birth experience rather than being threatened in any way. Thoroughly recommend Michelle to anyone looking for a doula!”
“Michelle is a lovely, chilled woman’s woman, she never looked at me like I was mad when I was losing my head. She understands everything and put her arms around you with her words and manner, she is super chilled and lovely with my newborn. She understood all the things I wanted her help with postnatal even if it was just getting out of the house to go for walk, she cares and that shows. Through labour she understood everything that was going on and even read the people around us in the same way I did so knew how to deal with the situation best for me. She’s got a great sense of humour and a huge heart, and a love and magical way with tiny babies”.