I would like to meet with you twice during your pregnancy, each visit around 2 hours long. This way we can get to know each other and I can assist you with your birth plan which I will then type and prepare for your happy event. Once you are in established labour, I will then support you and your partner through the entire birthing process until around 2 hours after your baby is born. I can help you with breast feeding and assist to create a relaxed and happy atmosphere in this delightful time.
I will visit twice after your birth and debrief with you as desired. I like to visit at home if possible at least once to assist you and your baby with breast feeding, or just to mind the baby while you rest. I can look after other children, do light chores, house tidying or light meal preparation. We can discuss ways to make things go smoothly when you get home and I can be there for advice to make life easier.
For the birth I carry mood lighting, aromotherapy essential oils, heat packs, your choice of music should your plan specify, or perhaps try some Tibetan singing bowl playing. I can use Reiki if desired and reflexology for relaxation or stimulation if required. In the earlier part of labour we can walk around and try various positions to make labour more comfortable. We can just talk, laugh or even play board games to help with distraction.
After the baby is born and you are at home, we can look at the creation of a harmonious environment with anything from wrapping and holding or bathing techniques through to use of music and aromatherapy.
I Need a Doula but I'm Due Any Day!
Relax, it isn't too late to call me. Perhaps you meant to get around to arranging a doula but never got there. Some couples just want another experienced person to make them feel more comfortable. Maybe your birth partner is unavoidably detained overseas. Possibly the person you thought was going to be your birth partner is unwell or just not the right person after all. LOVE CHERUB is here to help!
I can try and meet you once before the birth but if not, I can meet you at the hospital or birth centre once you are in established labour. I will provide as much support in ways that are best to assist your individual needs until your bundle of love arrives. I can assist you with your first breast feed and make sure you are comfortable and both happily tucked into bed before I leave.
I can offer separate services for this period after birth. Perhaps you would like me to be of help around the home after your birth rather than for your birth. Perhaps you would like more help than 2 visits during the day as part of my complete service. I can stay the night on your first night home to ensure all goes well with breast feeds, nappies and wrapping. I can keep the home clean and tidy so you are not worried by it and look after your baby if you are sleeping or showering to take some of the stress out of the settling in period. I want to ensure you feel empowered and happy through this time and I will be a guide and sounding board rather than a person who takes over. As a mother and midwife, I will be able to recognise any breast feeding or other potential postnatal concerns and assist you to solve them as soon as possible.