Francesca is currently a student NCT doula. An important part of training for this role is that Francesca is required to support a woman or couple through birth with the support of the NCT doula tutors. Your baby needs to be due between mid-February and mid-April 2023 for you to be able to consider asking Francesca to be your birth doula. The fee for Francesca to support you has been appropriately set to recognise the fact that she is a student.
Would you like Francesca to be your doula?
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Francesca is a mother of two, based in north Norfolk. She is willing to travel to areas such as Peterborough, Downham Market, Kings Lynn, Norwich and surrounding areas up to an hour away.
Francesca’s passion for supporting women through pregnancy, labour and beyond has been ingrained in her from a young age. She grew up with an independent midwife as a mother and attended some births alongside her mum as a teenager.
After having her first child in 2014, Francesca saw a gap in breastfeeding support in the area and began looking into training as a breastfeeding counsellor. It wasn’t until 2018, after the birth of her daughter, that she took the leap and began training.
Francesca qualified as a breastfeeding counsellor, baby massage practitioner, pregnancy yoga and mum and baby yoga practitioner in 2021 and has been enjoying every session since! It has always been a dream of hers to support women through labour, and that can now become reality as her children are getting older!
Francesca takes a holistic approach, providing physical, emotional, and spiritual support to the mother, and working with a birth partner if one is present. Francesca has knowledge in listening, breathing and relaxation skills and massage – all of which can be used to enhance the birthing mother’s birthing experience! She will support you in choosing the right birth location for you and your partner, whether this is at home, a birth centre, delivery suite or a caesarean birth.
Francesca will visit you a minimum of three times before the birth so she can take the time to get to know you and your birth partner (if there is one). She will spend time helping you feel emotionally and physically ready for a positive birth. She will support you in bringing your birth plan together, providing unbiased knowledge on options available during labour.
Francesca will do a postnatal visit with parents, up to six weeks after the birth to debrief and reflect. Francesca is happy to support you in whichever way you chose to feed your baby and will bring her knowledge and skills as a trained breastfeeding counsellor for this.
- NCT Breastfeeding Counsellor (2021)
- NCT Baby Massage Practitioner (2021)
- NCT Pregnancy Yoga, Mum and Baby Yoga Practitioner (2021)
- NCT Antenatal Practitioner (student)
Francesca will provide support by:
- Meeting you and your partner (if you have one, or someone you feel comfortable with).
- A further two meetings to discuss concerns, birth plan etc.
- Being available for contact via telephone, text or email between meetings.
- Being on call for you 24/7 up to 2 weeks prior to your estimated due date.
- A postnatal visit to debrief and reflect on your birth experience.