I'm going for an elective c-section for my second (as long as the pregnancy goes well) and want to hire some help for me and my toddler as I have very little family help for the first 6 weeks. Tried to find doulasj ust now using the doula.org.uk site but it seems to be down - does it still exists.
Any experiences of having a post natal doula would be welcome. I'm in west London not sure how much they cost round here.
I hired a postnatal doula after I had my DS (wasnt planning on doing so but had quite a traumatic birth and wasnt up to coping by myself when DH went back to work) - she was fantastic and really helped me establish breastfeeding and looked after DS and entertained him while I got a few naps/showers etc in. It was really nice to have someone around who was calm, had been through it before and who I could talk to about the birth. My doula was Helen Shamroth - based in Finchley, she cost £13 an hour I think (though it was over 2 years ago).
If you just need someone to help for a few weeks after you've had the baby by doing housework, entertaining toddler etc. may be worth looking into mother's helps as think they'd work out cheaper than post-natal doulas.