Ok so just need some basic info if you don't mind helping out a fat bird
Currently 32+1 with #5. Have had quite straighforward births so far...
1 - hospital, 10hrs, G&A, Peth, no probs 2 - hospital, 5hrs, no probs 3 - HB, was planned but quicker than expected so no MW's, 3hrs, dp delivered but no probs 4 - HB with mw's, about 4hrs, baby bit stuck as had arm up over head and totally tangled in cord, quite a lot of bleeding afterwards.
I have been advised to go into hos this time as # 5's are tricky and with the bleeding last time they want to err on the side of caution. I don't mind that, I could do with a night away anyway
Now I am being scanned again at 34wks after it was found I have a very low placenta at a private scan. So could well end up with a section this time - I am terrified!!!
Apart from that I am worried about coping with 5 lo's for the first few weeks even if I have a "normal" delivery let alone a section and the recovery from that.
Other dc's are almost 1, 6, 8 and just turned 2.
Basically after all this waffling I'd just like opinions as to whether it would be worth considering a Doula??
What exactly would the benefits be, what do you do? (also how much would I be looking at for your services?!)
I am a birth and postnatal doula! You sound like an amazing mother who is a natural!!!
A doula is there to give you and your family emotional and physical support before, during and after birth.
We would go over your birth prefrence, all options that you have, what your wishes are and how to go about getting the birth you want, breastfeeding and anything else that you wish to discuss.
I am available via phone, email or person at any point if you need any advice help or a chat. I go on call 2 weeks before your due dater up to 2 weeks after, but obvioulsy if you into labour before hand will do everything in my power to be there. Whilest I can not overide a midwives or doctors decision (they are responsible for your and babies lives), I can be an advocate for your wishes and try to come to comprise with the medical team to ensure you get the birth you want whilest the medical team feeling confident about your safety.
As a birth doula, postnantaly we have 2 post visits to go over the birth, breastfeeding and help you get into a routine. However if you wanted additional postnantal help this would involve all the above plus helping with housework, your other children and getting rset. Unlike other home help postnatal doulas try and ensure that you feel confident after 6 weeks to not have to pay for extra help but if you needed it I would be there.
I have a beautiful dd who will be 3 in jan. I would charge £150 plus travel.
Daxi I'm in West Kent. I was thinking I'd really need a postnatal Doula as I have no idea how baby is going to fit in with the madness here and how I'm supposed to fit everything in, arrghhhhh I'm panicing just thinking about it! Just need some reassurance until things are in more of a routine.
Thanks for the info Passion Nice to know what goes on, sounds fab