Doula Services

It is such an exciting time when you are pregnant, but it can also be full of anxiety and worries.

How on earth are you supposed to navigate the maze of horrors stories and conflicting advice on your own?

Where will you have your baby? You'd like to try the lower end of the medical spectrum, like a birth centre maybe, but what happens if you change your mind and then decide you want an epidural?

The good news is: you don't have to make the decisions on your own.

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I think every parent should have a doula, and I'm not just saying that because I am one. But I had one myself when my children were born, so I know how brilliant doula support is.

One  of my big bugbears is that, in our nuclear family culture, we haven't seen babies being born (well apart from on TV but that's another topic altogether), we haven't grown up around babies, or even seeing others looking after babies, so we know nothing (many of us haven't even changed a nappy!). So how on earth are we are supposed to find our way through something we know nothing about? Many of us live far away from our families as well. In such a culture, the support of an experienced, friendly, professional "mother figure" is not a luxury.

Heck, I feel so passionate about this that I left a 20 year long career as a scientist to be doing this for you! (you can read more about that here).

I've always been passionate about my job by the way, I left France nearly 20 years ago to pursue my career as a biology research scientist. It was supposed to be only for a year, ahah! I never expected to stay that long, but during my first postdoc in Aberdeen, Scotland, I got offered a job, then met my Hong Kong born husband Chi. We moved to Cambridge in 2001, got married, and had two kids, Sebastien (born in 2006) and Charlotte (born in 2009). Their births (both very positive experiences supported by a doula), changed my passion completely, so after much soul searching and retraining, I left my scientific career behind so dedicate myself to my new passion, which is supporting YOU!

So what have got to offer you?

Like a Sherpa or a mountain guide, I will be there every step of the way to guide you through the maze of options and choices, so you can make the decisions that are right for YOU. That's right. I have no agenda (except making sure you have all the info to make a true informed decision). That is truly what makes a doula special-who else is going to listen to you in such an unbiased way?

I've been working as a doula and antenatal educator for 5 years. I have supported over 30 families through birth and 30 families postnatally as a doula, and about 300 families as an antenatal teacher, so I know the maternity system in and out, I have lots of connections with local health professionals and complementary practitioners.

As a birth doula, I have supported women and their partners through very different births in different settings in the Cambridgeshire area. I have experience with natural births (at home, in birth centre and in obstetric unit), water births, hypnobirths, and with more medicalised births such as inductions, VBACS, assisted births, and caesareans births (including been present in theatre during a caesarean).

I'm a birth geek and knowledge junkie (I guess the science brain is never going away!), and a bit of an  alternative hippy too, so I've done (and still doing!)  a lot of extra training and CPD, ranging from the hard science to the complete woo. So I know a wide range of labour comfort measures such as massage, using a rebozo, relaxation, breathing and healing techniques, which I can teach you both.

Postnatally, I will come to your home and help you settle into your new life as a parent. I will provide practical, emotional and information support-simply listening and helping reassure you that you are doing a good job, helping with establishing breastfeeding, cooking you meals and cakes, holding your baby whilst you rest, doing some light housework, or anything else you need to be able to rest and concentrate on getting to know your new baby and finding your feet as a new parent. You can read more in my blog post about the way I support new parents postnatally.

What I offer

The cost for a birth doula package starts at £950, with flexible payment options available.

I offer other specialised packages tailored to your needs. If you are feeling drawn to working with me (which also includes phone or skype doula support), please do get in touch and we can discuss what is possible.

Doula UK also has a voucher scheme, so friends and family can buy you doula support and if you are in receipt of state benefits, Doula UK also has an Access Fund

Postnatal support £22 per hour

If you are drawn to working with me, or if you would like to find out more about how I can support you, then get in touch to book a free 30 minute phone or skype call.

Travel expenses 30p per mile over a 5 miles radius, or two taxi fares, to and from the birth.

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Comments from previous doula clients:

Sarah and Jason

We were initially drawn to Sophie’s background of scientific experience combined with more traditional skills. Throughout my pregnancy Sophie proved to be an excellent source for advice and support. She would help us to find the information we needed and never passed any judgement on the decisions we made. This lack of judgement was clearly…

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Laila and Alex

We feel intensely grateful for the support we received from Sophie in the weeks leading up to our birth, and during the labour. Sophie throughout was supportive, enthusiastic about our choices, an empathetic listener, and incredibly generous in her time. We particularly appreciated her extensive knowledge, that allowed us to feel confident in making well-informed…

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Niina and Barry

Sophie was our doula for the birth of our second baby. We didn’t really know what to expect from a doula beforehand, except to be there during the birth for extra support. Sophie provided so much more than that. She really wanted to know what makes us tick and what we want, value and expect…

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M.R., Cambridge

Sophie was a good listener as well as grounded. She created the space for us to be able to express what we needed to say and to ask questions. She is both calm and knowledgeable, and was very helpful to us both during and after the birth. During the birth it was like having an…

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Catherine and John

We only came across the idea of a Doula late in my pregnancy and we thought it would be great to have the extra support. It was one of the best decisions we made and we were really lucky to find Sophie. Sophie took great care to understand us and our preferences and we really…

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Julia and Florian

Julia

Sophie has been a fantastic match for me. She is very knowledgeable and always tries to provide unbiased information as the basis for my own decision making rather than telling me what to do. I do appreciate that very much! You can easily tell that Sophie is passionate about all things pregnancy, birth and baby,…

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Hannah and James

Hannah and James

Sophie was a fantastic support for me and my husband as first time parents. She was exceptionally knowledgeable, supportive, and an amazing resource. With no experience of babies we often asked Sophie to give us direction or what the right to do was but she would help us reach the answer rather than telling us,…

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Avril and Noel

We will always remember how you made Conor’s birth an amazing and positive experience, you carried us through the difficulties with your calm, unobstrusive and empathic presence. THANK YOU! We now think all ladies should have a birth doula, but I think it would be hard to find one as great as you ?

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Roxana and Joachim

Your calmness and reassurance were so helpful when medical professionals were putting pressure on us. We particularly valued your genuine impartiality which enabled us to make the right decisions during labour. The more we reflect on Anastasia’s birth and my labour, we realise how helpful you were. You really are gifted at your chosen profession.

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Jo and Nick

I found the whole Doula experience really helpful. I met Sophie a number of time before the labour and each time she had helpful information and advice to deal with the particular complexities of my pregnancy. This created a held experience for me, which greatly reduced any anxiety I was experiencing. Her help and support…

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Sarah

Sarah and Robert

Your support over the past week has immeasurably relieved the stress of adapting to life as parents of a newborn. We trusted you completely to give us solid information and your kindness was apparent in all your actions, from cooking to offering a break for mum to have a nap. We really appreciate you as…

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Clare and Rav

Sophie provided us with help as a postnatal doula in the first few weeks after our baby was born. She looked after the baby, often wearing her in a sling (and taught us how to do this), allowing me to get some rest. She made sure I had eaten and kindly made some nutritious treats…

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Em and Lawrence

My partner and I knew from the first moments of meeting Sophie on Skype that we wanted her to be there during my labour. Her knowledge and generosity were startling and I felt instinctively safe in her capable hands. As it transpired, we feel so blessed that we were able to book Sophie as our…

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Laura

Laura

I am extremely grateful for the support Sophie offered me during those early days. I truly feel that it helped us get off to an excellent start as a family of four and my tiny newborn has gone from strength to strength and is a very easy going, contented baby who feeds and sleep brilliantly.…

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Sajith

I am a father of three sons. The births of our first two sons were very traumatic. So I was in such a bad place in terms of my ability to help my wife with the delivery of our third son. Maddie and Sophie really helped my wife during the birth, and also gave me…

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I have a portfolio full of feedback, comments, thank you cards and photos of parents and babies. If you are thinking of meeting up with me to see if you would like me to be your doula, I will bring it with me so you can have a look.

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