You can book a consultation with me through this website www.doulaessence.com. At this visit we will get to know each other and see if we can work together.
After this visit you are free to book me with a 50% deposit of the full fee.
Phone & Email Support
Once we are working together you can email me anytime and after the birth I will text you weekly for 4-6 weeks, to check in.
Any concerns at all, please call, text or email me. The postnatal period is a crucial time and should not be underestimated.
2 Prenatal Visits
We will meet for 2 prenatal visits after the initial consultation. Using this as an opportunity to look at birth plans and discus information and options.
Basic package includes: 2 prenatal and 1 postnatal visit
Gold package: includes birth preparation workshop and a postnatal visit
Gold plus: includes gold and 1 prenatal massage and 2 postnatal visits
Birth preparation workshops can be attained separately to the basic package for £350.
Massage and cranioscaral visits are extra to the basic package.
A introduction pack with all the pricing will be sent to you on request.
Please also note you can visit www.arlenedunkleywood.co.uk to book for massage, cranosacral therapy, Mizan and Aromatouch sessions.
I have been a doula for over 27 years and I am still extremely passionate around the support that women need to birth in a empowered and nurtured and transformative way.
You or your partner will contact me in early labour and we will decided when its best for me to come and be with you.
I will be with you from when you decide it is best for me to come. Whether that be at home, hospital or MLU.
This is an amazing journey you have embarked on. Welcome it with joy and laughter and you will astound yourself. You can dance this baby out. Let me hold your hand and guide you.
Once your baby is born and you are doing well, I will leave you allowing you space to slip into the 4th trimester of baby moon.
Baby’s first feeding Support
I am passionate about breastfeeding and will support you in establishing that first feed. I won't leave you until your baby is feeding well and you are in your baby moon stage. The fourth trimester.
We can arrange a 2 - 6 week package of postpartum follow-up. Minimum: 3 hours per session.
You can also choose to come for postpartum massages or craniosacral therapy to aid your recover.
I can't always guarantee, but I am known to bring a cake or two to the postnatal visit as a celebration of your birth.
As a Doula, I Do Not:
No medical intervention
As your doula I will not perform any medical procedure. My job is purely to help you emotional and physically through this process, using my experience and skill base of over 20 years.
But I can offer amazing comfort measures: like massage, craniosacral therapy, support you to move around and find good optimal positions to birth in that will support a speeding and calm birth. Use rebozo techniques and hypno-birthing and visualisation skills to clear your mind and help you focus on the works at hand.
Make decisions for you
I will be there as your advocate and not permitted to make decisions that affect you and your baby without your direction.
Speak to the staff on your behalf
I will advocate for you and explain clearly what is said by the health care professionals in attendance.
Project any of my own beliefs onto your experience
I will endeavour to follow your wishes and not project my own believe systems on you.