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By your side throughout your pregnancy,
birth & postnatal journey

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Supporting You

Evidence shows having a doula equals a more positive outcome
in birth and beyond for both the parents and baby.


Bohren et al. Cochrane review 2017

My role as a doula is to be by your side throughout your pregnancy, birth and postnatal journey. I’ll provide continuity of care alongside practical and emotional support; being an extra pair of eyes and ears to discuss antenatal appointments, advocating alongside you during labour, providing guidance as you establish feeding and helping
you adjust to your new family life. Each mother’s journey is unique and we can build a bespoke package of support to meet your individual needs. 

Antenatal support

All types of birth can benefit from a doula. I support births at home, in birth centres and on labour wards, including inductions and caesarean sections. Together we’ll create a strong relationship, understanding your boundaries and thresholds, ensuring informed and evidence based 1:1 care, alongside preparing your birth preferences, including locations, options and different birth scenarios so that we can have plans A,B,C and D ready to go. And I’ll be right there with you at every stage of your labour, ensuring your wishes are heard and you feel supported. We will also discuss a postnatal plan and feeding education, alongside being a sounding board for all those questions and thoughts that pop up during pregnancy.

 

​Postnatal support

Stepping into the fourth trimester is a period of huge change. I can support you during this period, ensuring your healing, rest, and emotional needs are being met, while helping you and your family with the practicalities of caring for a new baby. This could include caring for your new baby, establishing feeding (however you chose to feed), cooking and light household chores and looking after older children or walking the dog. Postnatal care is very individual and I always aim to create a personalised support plan for you.

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Some kind words

“I had focused so much on our birth I hadn’t prepared myself for the weeks after.
Jen was on hand to offer all the support and reassurance I needed at all hours
and especially with breastfeeding, which I found my hardest obstacle.”

Rebecca

Professional Experience

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Birth and Postnatal Doula training course
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Breastfeeding Peer Support - AIMs qualification from
Healthy Babies UK
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Registered Zest MaMa working alongside independent midwives 
Home birth, Birth centre, Labour ward, Induction
and C-section experience
Wellington Infant Feeding Group
Braziers, Thursdays 10.30am - 12noon

About Me

About Me
'Doulas support women and birthing people in pregnancy, birth and
in the postnatal period by providing information, advocacy, and offering
practical and emotional support to the whole family.'


Doula, Uk

I am a mother of two wonderful daughters . My first pregnancy was straight-forward and I felt safe and well supported throughout. This led to a positive and fulfilling birth experience. However afterwards, I felt isolated and struggled with postnatal depression. This made me realise how vital it is to have a strong support network and continuity of care, not just throughout pregnancy and labour, but during the postnatal period. This is something I now enable for others.

Helping women and birthing partners advocate
for their choices is extremely powerful. I believe
that birth education is the key foundation for understanding your options and how to work
with your body for all birth outcomes.

Jen Bolton Doula
Jen Bolton Doula with Mother and Baby

I trained with BirthBliss and Healthy Babies in 2021 and have attended multiple births within homes, Musgrove Park Hospital and the RD&E. I see my role as being your cheerleader, reassuring and supporting both you and your partner, helping
you to advocate and consent, ensuring informed and evidence based decision making and walking alongside you towards an empowering birth experience and a nurturing fourth trimester.

As a doula it brings me so much joy to support clients through their pregnancy, birth and postnatal experience. The journey to parenthood or welcoming a new addition to the family really
is one that takes a village. 

Packages

Discovery
Call

A 45-60 minute in-person meeting, phone call or Zoom meeting to discuss your needs and see if we both feel

we would work well together.

COST: Free

Antenatal and
Birth Support

Birth physiology: We will discuss how the body is designed to give birth, the hormones related to birth, how to utilise the natural process in the labour journey and all outcomes.

Birth preferences: This is an opportunity to discuss
your wants and wishes prior to the event. We will discuss locations for birth, pain relief options (both natural and pharmaceutical), potential interventions and different
birth scenarios so that we can have plans A,B,C and D
and the ways I can support you in all outcomes. 

Discuss any previous birth and personal experiences:
We will work through all positive and any negative aspects
of previous experiences to see if there is any way those can be better understood for the upcoming birth.

Postnatal care preferences: We can discuss feeding options, frequently asked questions around caring for a newborn, practical and emotional support systems and any postnatal preparations that need to be in place. There is also the option to discuss continuing my care into the postnatal period.

Birth support partner: I will be on call for emotional, practical and informative support from 38-42 weeks and will of course attend your birth when the time comes.

Communication: I will work alongside other support services to ensure effective communication and help

faciliate any referrals.

PACKAGE

 

- 3 x 2.5 hour antenatal sessions

- 38-42 weeks on call period (negotiable)

- 3x Postnatal meetings - birth debrief / feeding support.

- Phone and WhatsApp support during pregnancy
and until 4 weeks postnatal

COST: Starting from £1,750

Any additional meetings are charged at an hourly rate of £30.

Flexible payment plans available.

Birth Only
Package

This is a package best suited to those I have worked with previously or are expecting their second baby or beyond*.

1 x 3 hour birth preferences planning session - this is an opportunity to discuss your previous birth experience/s and understand your wants and needs. It will also allow us to build up a relationship for working together during your upcoming birth.

Birth support partner: I will be on call for emotional, practical and informative support from 38-42 weeks and will of course attend your birth when the time comes.

Communication: I will work alongside other support services to ensure effective communication and help

faciliate any referrals.

1 x 3 hour postnatal support visit - to debrief your birth experience / feeding support / new family dynamic etc.

Phone and WhatsApp support - during pregnancy and until 2 weeks postnatal.

*This package is only available if I am booked with a ‘full package’ client for an overlapping on call period. The ‘full package’ client takes priority if both clients were to go into labour simultaneously, this would mean a refund on the birth attendance portion of the package. There would be a concise discussion at booking to ensure this package is appropriate and meets your needs.

COST: Starting from £1,200

Any additional meetings are charged at an hourly rate of £30.

Flexible payment plans available.

Doula In Your

Pocket

Virtual WhatsApp and phone support from 26 weeks until birth(negotiable) or 4 weeks postpartum.

If you are looking for an additional team member to support you with decision making, evidence based research, different avenues of birth preparation and birth preferences, signposting to local services or just be a sounding board then virtual support could be for you.

Pregnancy and birth only: £500.00

Pregnancy, birth and 4 weeks postnatal: £600.00

Postnatal
Support

- Emotional support

- Feeding support

- Light household chores

- Helping with other children

- Working alongside other postnatal services

- WhatsApp support between visits

COST: £25 per hour + expenses

Minimum 3 hours / Maximum 5 hours per day.

Flexible payment plans available.

PACKAGES

 

12 hours of postnatal care:

3 hours a week for 4 weeks

£275

24 hours of postnatal care:

6 hours a week for 4 weeks

£550

COST: £20 per hour + expenses
COST: £20 per hour + expenses

Minimum 3 hours / Maximum 5 hours per day.

Flexible payment plans available.

NIGHT DOULA: £30 per hour + expenses

Minimum 8 hours / Maximum 12 hours.

Reduced rate for block bookings.

Breastfeeding
Support

1 x 2 hour breastfeeding preparation session

Physiology of breastfeeding, why breastfeeding matters, health benefits for parent and baby, biological norms of breastfeeding, how to best prepare for breastfeeding, where to find support and how partners can support breastfeeding.

2 x 1 hour postnatal visits

 

4 weeks postnatal WhatsApp / video call support

COST: £150 + mileage

COST: £20 per hour + expenses
COST: £20 per hour + expenses

Minimum 3 hours / Maximum 5 hours per day.

Flexible payment plans available.

Fourth Trimester
Planning and Visits

You are postnatal the moment you give birth, so why not make a plan for how you will navigate and thrive during the fourth trimester.

1 x 2 hour postnatal planning session

How to prepare for the fourth trimester - including rest, nourishment, feeding, sleeping, relationships, visitors, boundaries, support circles, local services, basic baby care and anything else you may feel you want to include within your postnatal plan.

 

2 x 3 hour postnatal visits

4 weeks postnatal WhatsApp / video call support

 

COST: £250 + mileage

COST: £20 per hour + expenses
COST: £20 per hour + expenses

Minimum 3 hours / Maximum 5 hours per day.

Flexible payment plans available.