Skip to content

Doula Services

Kate Woods with New Mother and Babe

Kate Woods:

Within my Somerset based practice, I offer guidance through the sometimes bewildering array of choices, helping you to make informed decisions at your own pace.

I have much experience in the birthing room (over 20 years) and have supported women alone and women working closely with their partners, in hospitals, birthing centres, homebirths and in water.

I often spend pre-natal sessions working with partners/husbands too, in order to help facilitate their ability to be of most support to you in your labour. I help to inform and empower men/partners so that they can participate more fully in the pregnancy and birth and be engaged and empowered during labour, birth and into parenthood.

Initially, we will have the opportunity to meet, to establish whether we feel we could work together.

Once this is established, I offer full and committed support and am available via e-mail and both landline and mobile phones.

There are usually two to three prenatal appointments, roughly two hours long each. We might also meet for a cuppa, just to have some downtime together amd get to know one another and without the 'agenda' of preparing for birth and parenthood. Once on call at 2 weeks before your estimated due date, I remain on call until two weeks after your due date, and attend your birth throughout, staying afterwards until you are ready for me to go, usually at least a couple of hours later. I also come and check in with you and your new family after the Birth, allowing you both to de-brief from the experience and ask any questions you might have around Breastfeeding or care for your new Baby.

At your Birth, firstly I entirely trust your ability to do it! Offering a firm belief and faith in the process, built upon experience rather than just hope alone, I know how powerful the presence of a Doula is.

For those times when you may feel you need a little help, I offer the use of acupressure points and massage as natural alternatives to pain relief and can bring homeopathic remedies if you're interested. I also encourage Active Birth positions to allow easier descent of baby, when appropriate. I'm not in judgement of your choices, this is your birth and my only priority is to inform and support you with whatever choices you might make before and during the labour and birth, and again afterwards, as new parents.

I'm there for you both as an advocate, allowing you to completely submerge yourself into the experience whilst protecting your wishes, and work with your partner in supporting you where appropriate. I can also help with the practical things, like when to call the Midwife, fill the tub, go to your chosen Birthing venue and remember to light candles and put your music on, should you request it!

The cost of this service is £850 and in some cases travel expenses may apply. This fee can be paid by instalments should that be preferable, or where there is need, a concessionary rate is available for those with proof of low income. 

I will come to your home for appointments and your labour, travelling on to the Birthing Centre or hospital with you, should that be your chosen birth venue.

 

Please contact us for further information, or to book your free initial consultation. 

                                                Kate with Newborn

 

I also offer individual Childbirth Preparation sessions in Somerset or in your home, should you not require birth attendance.

The cost of a private, tailor-made birth and parenting preparation day is on a sliding scale from £250 -£175 and usually runs from around 10am until we're done, which is often 4/5pm.
Please contact us for further details.

 

                                          Birth Doula Testimonials

"I felt that she knew just exactly what I needed; she is a very intuitive person" - Debi
 
"I wouldn't have had the extraordinary birth I had without her - she has a gift. I wish more women could have the opportunity to experience what I have experienced." - Natasha

"She instilled me with confidence." - Steve

''After a traumatic first birth, we (myself, my husband and our little boy) wanted a different and more positive experience for our second. Kate absolutely supported us to achieve it - we couldn't have done it without her.  It's hard to capture everything that she did, but it's probably best summed up by three things...Information - Kate had loads! To help us understand real "risk", to make our own decisions and choices, to understand alternative perspectives, and to explore helpful things that we might not have done otherwise like homeopathy and reflexology in labour. This helped us choose our own birth journey rather than blandly accepting "the guidelines" that others wanted us to.

 
Confidence - to manage ourselves through pregnancy and birth and to be demanding (in a nice way!) of our healthcare system and the people we met along the way. When we wobbled about anything Kate was always there with a confidence boosting cuppa, catch up or a what's app message. Calm, confident, positive and firm, she helped us stick with our instincts about what was right for us.
 
Practical support - so many examples!  From coming to our home birth home visit to help us ask questions and be clear about our wishes, being present at our birth as a tower of physical and emotional strength support, and being there for us afterwards with amazing soothing herbal remedies and suggestions for post-birth recovery.
 
Nora came into the world on 9th May in an empowered, calm and happy birth, a healing experience for which we will never be able to thank Kate enough.'' Emma.