I'm Jade, my pronouns are she/ her and I am Birth & Postnatal Doula. Originally from Larbert but currently live in Lanark with my fiance, son and our 2 cats.
I have worked in a professional caring role for the last 14 years and have enjoyed the experiences and challenges along the way.
Towards the end of 2019 I decided to take the opportunity to train with Jen Muir at Badass Birth, to become a Doula.
So here I am!
I am currently following government guidelines closely. Until further notice I will be offering online support to all expecting parents.
What & Why?
What is a Doula?
A Doula is a trained, informative, non medical supportive person who is there for your pregnancy, labour, birth and post partum journey. Providing continuous physical and emotional support to the birthing person, their partners and family by creating a safe, comfortable and fully inclusive environment throughout the birthing experience.
Pretty amazing, eh!?
Why hire a Birth Doula?
There are many pro's in hiring a Birth Doula to be present in your journey to birthing your baby/ies. Your Doula will meet with you and loved one/s, spending time to really get to know you and what you want from your birth and supporting any decisions you make whether you want a VBAC, C-Section, Freebirth or Homebirth. Providing you with their knowledge, resources and evidence based information to make sure are fully informed and feel confident in YOUR CHOICE!! A Doula can also help out with setting up your environment, be it lighting candles, getting your playlist ready, re-filling your water or setting up your birthing pool. Your Doula will ensure everything is how you want it so you and your partner/ team can stay focused.
Why hire a Postnatal Doula?
Postnatal Doulas undertake varied tasks and are there to support not only you the parents but your family too, usually within the first few weeks of your baby/ies arriving earth side.
Your Doula will carry out many tasks to help alleviate any stresses you may have. Giving you time to heal, rest and spend that magical time with your new addition/s to the family home. Tasks a Doula may undertake include but are not limited too:
helping out with older siblings
looking after baby while parent/s nap/ shower
So can almost do anything to help the family in adjusting to the new addition/s being home. Postnatal Doulas can also offer evidence based information in soothing, sleeping and even bottle and chest/ breastfeeding support if you choose to do so.
Research has shown that having a Doula as support has an *Increased likelihood of successfully establishing chest/ breastfeeding, many new parents still feeding at 6 weeks.