Birth takes a village
Women birth best when they feel safe and supported. Throughout what can be such a profoundly pivotal time comprised of many ups and downs, and as a birth keeper I stand to harmonise these changes, respect, listen without judgement, bear witness to and support women as their extraordinary transformation into a mother takes place. Every mother deserves to be informed and make her decisions that are right for her and in this I support you.
Women being with women in childbirth is a time-old configuration. In today's society this may seem even more necessary than it was, as for many reasons, as the support truly needed might not be in place to help carry the load while such big life changes occur. Not only a baby is born, but parents are too.
The very nature of birth itself is unpredictable, but you can put together plans for the support and care you receive before, during and after the birth of your baby. If you want to have someone you have had time to get to know, who understands the physiological processes of the childbearing year, support and advocate for you, your partner and your wishes to enhance your experience, then that's where a doula may come in handy. Sometimes just having someone there and ready for you, woven into your plan-of-care can make a whole world of difference and relieve the pressures put onto new parents and a growing family.
Funding should not determine who can access a doula or not. Please inquire, but not let that stop you receiving the support you so wish for you and your birth. Payment plans can also be arranged at request, as well as vouchers from friends and family members to subsidise doula costs, available here.