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Pregnancy, Birth & Postnatal Doula Support

Why hire a doula?

You’re pregnant – congratulations! Maybe this is your first time, or maybe you’ve been here before. Either way you’re likely to be feeling a mixture of excitement and trepidation! 


By now you know there’s a lot more to growing a baby than the fun of picking out colours for the nursery and settling on a name. You might have already been confronted with serious decision-making about antenatal tests, birth plans and healthcare. 


With a doula, you have the reassurance of an experienced professional who can hold your hand, both physically and metaphorically, throughout your pregnancy and labour. This partnership gives you the confidence to make choices that are right for you.

My aim as your doula is to make you feel safe, supported, listened to and held, so you achieve your best birth experience. I only support families in Gloucestershire to ensure that I can be with you swiftly when you need me in labour.

During our antenatal meetings, you, and your partner when possible, can use the time to talk about birth expectations and concerns, practise coping techniques, and make plans in an unhurried environment. As an National Childbirth Trust (NCT) teacher, these meetings can take the form of a bespoke antenatal course; or if you're attending antenatal classes separately, we can delve deeper into any aspects of labour and birth that are particularly important or interesting to you. We can discuss the choices you have in pregnancy and labour as I help you unpick the evidence around your options and explore your intentions, hopes and plans and we can get to know each other so you have a familiar face and relaxing presence during your labour.


Importantly, I'll be there at the birth, from whenever you need me until after your baby is born and you're happy for me to leave.


I'll still be available for support, guidance and cheerleading in those rollercoaster early days and I'll come back for a postnatal visit to wrap up your birth package. More postnatal support is also available if you need it going forwards.


I teach Yoga for Pregnancy and Baby Yoga in Stroud and Nailsworth and as part of your doula package I offer my clients half price yoga from the start of our doula relationship until you stop attending postnatally.

Importantly, as your doula you’ve got my full and committed support and can contact me by phone or message anytime. 

Why me?


I’ve been in the ‘birth world’ for over 15 years working as a National Childbirth Trust (NCT) antenatal teacher and a pregnancy yoga instructor. I’ve also worked at Stroud Midwifery Unit as a maternity care assistant and I have been in your shoes as a mum of three. 

My experience includes supporting women and couples planning home and hospital births, induction and declining induction, Caesarean, land and water births; with and without midwife support. 

My goal is to bring a calm, joyous and relaxed atmosphere to your birth experience. Testament to the success of this approach is the bond that I create with the women I support. A bond that thrives during pregnancy and far beyond. 


“Gillian is one of the loveliest people you’ll meet, she’s completely dedicated to her work and very well organised. The conversations we had before the birth gave me wonderful support and helped me to relax. She also helped me to create the birth plan and most importantly she was there to hold my hand and support me when I gave birth. I’m so glad she agreed to be my doula, I really could not have wished for a better support and will always be grateful that she was there for us when our daughter was born."


What does it involve? 

Pregnancy and Birth Doula Support - from £1,450

This includes:

- Getting together at least two or three times (often more) to discuss any previous experiences or deeply held expectations, dispel any fears, explore all your options and ensure that you (and your partner) feel ready and excited about meeting your baby. During this time we can talk about the ways you'd like to be supported during labour and birth, both physically and emotionally. We'll also consider how we can all ensure that the birth of your baby is the most magical moment it can be, and we can draw up both birth and postnatal plans.

- My ongoing support by email, phone or text at any stage during your pregnancy and postnatally, if anything big or small crops up that you want to talk about.

- Unlimited half-price Pregnancy Yoga as soon as you hire me as your doula to help increase your comfort in pregnancy and practise positions and breathing for birth. Face-to-face yoga classes are held in Stroud and Nailsworth; or I can supply videos if practising at home is your preference.

- I'll be on call for your birth 24/7 usually from 38 weeks, ready to be with you during labour as soon as you need me until several hours after your birth, when you're happy for me to leave you with your new baby. ​

- A useful postnatal visit to debrief your experience, ensure you are recovering comfortably and help with breast or bottle feeding or any other baby care: this is usually one week after the birth, but I can be flexible to suit you and your new family.

Early Days Doula Support

Daytime Help - £30 per hour 

- My support to ‘mother the mother’ usually in blocks of two or three hours at a time. 


- Enabling you to grow in confidence with your new baby: supporting your feeding choices, helping with nappies, bathing and sling-wearing. I can also help with older siblings or light housework to free you up, giving you time to recover and get to know your new baby.


- On request, I can bring light vegan meals or treats such as soup, flapjacks or cake (you've earned it!).

The Night Shift - £350 for ten hours

- Any ten hours between 8pm and 8am.

- Giving you the opportunity to rest fully, knowing that I'll see to your baby through the night, bringing them to you for breastfeeding as required or giving bottles if that's your choice.​​

Free consultation


Choosing the right doula is an important decision, and the investment involved – both emotional and financial – is significant. To help you with your decision, I offer a free, no-obligation face to face or online consultation. At this meeting we can work together to agree a package of birth and/or postnatal doula support to suit you.

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