In November 2004 I gave birth at home to Zoe, and more recently at the end of January 2009 had another calm, waterbirth at home of our second daughter, Phoebe, so I am therefore not able to offer my doula services currently, and probably not for some time. However, I can discuss with you your needs and maybe can help refer you to other alternatives. There is a great need particularly for postnatal doulas in Wellington and we have some wonderful women who are hoping to start practising as doulas soon. For further info, please
I am an experienced companion who offers emotional support and practical household assistance to the mother and the whole family in the first few weeks after the baby is born. I can offer flexible hours to suit your needs and will take care of the mother postnatally so that she is best able to care for her newborn and her family.
- Support you in whatever feeding method you choose
- Facilitate rest periods for Mum
- Provide a sounding board for ideas and encourage you to make the decisions that work best for you
- Have fun with and take care of older siblings and try to help them to adjust to the presence of a new baby
- Do light household duties – such as (but not exclusively) laundry, grocery shopping, preparing food/cooking, cleaning, pet care and any other reasonable requests
My hourly rate for postnatal doula work is $25 NZD – I tally the agreed hours up and invoice on a monthly basis. The invoice can be paid by cash, cheque or electronic payment. This hourly rate includes my travelling costs to/from your home if you are within a 15km radius of Wellington. If you are further afield, I will discuss with you an appropriate charge for the first hour of work which will cover my travel costs. I work for a minimum of 3 hours as I have found that any less inhibits the amount of support I can offer and no sooner have I arrived than I am leaving again!
Although I did work as a birth doula whilst I lived in London, due to my other current commitments and a lack of back-up doula support in the local area, I am unable to offer birth support at this time here in Wellington, but I hope to be able to do this in the future. Please do still contact me though if you are searching for a birth doula and I will see if I can put you in touch with someone.
I am able to supply references for both birth and postnatal doula work.