prenatal, birth & postnatal services
Hi, I'm Annie, a birth & postnatal doula serving the Borders, Edinburgh and the surrounding areas.
I'm a mum, a trained pregnancy yoga teacher, baby massage therapist and reiki practitioner. It was during my own birth journey that I discovered what a useful, and potentially vital role a doula could play for a birthing woman and her partner.
I completed my doula training with Kate Woods of Concsious Birthing. A Doula UK and European Doula Network accredited course. I am a member of the Scottish Doula network, which forms the foundation for the support I receive and am able to offer others
Having the familiar face of a woman at your birth can be deeply reassuring. Especially if its someone you have built a trusting, friendly and supportive relationship with. This support and reassurance is very often felt by your partner too. It is the doula's role to gently, sensitively and intuitively navigate an environment and the needs of the people she is serving with confidence, integrity and calm.
I'm here to support you and your family through this exciting & life changing journey into motherhood with respect, kindness and compassion. My role is to care for you, to encourage you; to believe in you, to honour your choices, to offer you information and be patient.
I will listen to you and your partner every step of the way so that you feel empowered and prepared to birth your child.
I'm currently a mentored doula, which means that should we need it we have the support & wisdom of yet another wonderful woman by our side along the way.
I look forward to meeting you for a coffee and a chat!
What I offer
I can meet you and your partner a couple of times before the birth to get to know each other and understand your birth preferances
I can offer you yoga positions, visualisations & relaxations to support pregnancy & birth
I will be available by phone and email to chat
I can point you in the direction of useful resources to inform you and make your journey more knowledgeable
I can signpost you to groups, socials and workshops for mum's and pregnancy
For your birth
I will be on call for you 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after your due date. If your baby comes before or after this time I will do my best to be there
I will stay with you and your partner throughout your labour
I will keep you and your partner hydrated and nourished
I am experienced supporting you with hypnobirthing
I can offer you massage and/or pressure point touch
I will advocate on your behalf in a balanced and peaceful way
I will trust in you
I will be sensitive & calm in manner
I can take some discreet photographs of your first moments together as a family if that is your wish
I will visit you a minimum of two or three times
I will offer a birth debrief with you and your partner
I can bring round a plant based nourishing meal
I can offer breastfeeding support
I can suggest postnatal yoga recovery positions & relaxation.
Ongoing postnatal doula work can sometimes be arranged (at a further cost).
Prenatal visits & support £110
4 weeks on call (28 days x £10/day) £280
Birth support £300
Postnatal support & debrief visit £110
I am able to offer a sliding scale on these costs, depending on your personal circumstance. Please don't hesitate to call me to discuss this option
“Only with trust, faith, and support can the woman allow the birth experience to enlighten and empower her.” Annie Kennedy and Penny Simkin
07808 205 056