NCT Courses and Covid-19

Until the end of November 2020 our courses are online, not in person, due to the UK’s social distancing measures, particularly the inclusion of pregnant women in a ‘vulnerable group’ advised to avoid social contact.

We know how much you value our in-person courses so we’re keeping our options open for courses from December 2020 onwards. Currently you can still book these as in-person classes but we’ll only bring people back together in venues once it is safe to do so. We’ll never put you, your baby or your family at risk. Read our course FAQs and Covid-19 pregnancy and birth information.

Our Covid-19 Price Promise: If you book a course that is already being delivered online you’ll receive a 15% discount at the time of booking. If you book a course that is currently offered as in-person, we’ll give you back 15% of your course fee if we need to move it online to ensure your safety.

Jessica is a student NCT doula in Somerset.

Would you like Jessica to be your doula?

Email birthandbabyjessica@gmail.com or call 07962 207381.

About Jessica

 

Jessica is currently a student NCT doula. An important part of training for this role is that Jessica 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 the end of February and mid-April 2020 for you to be able to consider asking Jessica to be your birth doula. The fee for Jessica to support you has been appropriately set to recognise the fact that she is a student.

Jessica lives near Bridgwater in Somerset. She has been an NCT Practitioner since 2009, being both an NCT Antenatal Practitioner and a Breastfeeding Counsellor, and she regularly supports parents throughout the area. She is able to travel easily, covering from Bristol to Exeter, across from Minehead to Yeovil, and all areas in between.

Jessica has four children, having had a range of experiences along the way. Her first birth was an induced hospital birth, while her other three were born at home. Jessica initially trained as a Breastfeeding Counsellor then became an Antenatal Practitioner. Now that her children are older it feels like training as a Birth Doula is a natural next step to extend her professional development, and to further support local parents.

Jessica believes in the innate ability of women to give birth, and that pregnancy should not be treated as an illness. Women should feel in control of decisions made about childbirth, and having up to date evidence-based information is a vital part of this process. She also believes that one size does not necessarily fit all, and that different people all make different decisions for many good and valid reasons. This non-judgemental attitude is fundamental to a good relationship with parents on their journey through birth.

Jessica has a warm and caring nature, and will take her lead from you as to what you need from her. She can offer practical help with birth, including massage and positions that may help, and also offers emotional support through the birth journey. She has a good understanding of many issues that may affect birth, and is also experienced in assisting with establishing breastfeeding. Jessica will support a woman’s partner through birth as well, offering suggestions to enable them to effectively support their labouring partner, and to support them emotionally through this time too. She can faciliate protecting the space around the labouring woman and her partner, and also afterwards, to enable the new family to get to know each other in an intimate and relaxed way, to promote and encourage bonding.

Jessica doula student

Qualifications

NCT Breastfeeding Counsellor (qualified 2009)

NCT Antenatal Practitioner (qualified 2015)

Jessica will provide support by:

  • Meeting with you (and your partner) three times during pregnancy to get to know you, explore your birth options, and to discuss your preferences
  • Being available around your due date to be with you at your birth, and to stay with you in the immediate postnatal period for a few hours
  • Meeting with you after the birth to discuss your experiences and to give support
  • Being available to contact between meetings by phone or email

Testimonials

Recent feedback from an Antenatal Course:

“Jessica has an open and relaxed manner. We felt our views could be voiced and were accepted, which was great”

“We came to the sessions knowing very little and we’re leaving feeling much more prepared – thank you!”

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