NCT Courses and Covid-19

Until the end of January 2021 our courses are online. Currently, due to rising Covid-19 infection rates and official guidance for pregnant women, online is the only way we can safely and practically deliver local, fully interactive and inclusive courses – a decision supported by the Royal College of Midwives.

We know how much you value our in-person courses so we’re keeping our options open for courses from February 2021 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.

To understand more about why we're delivering our courses online please read our course FAQs. Our website also has an up-to-date section on 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.

Louise is currently a student NCT doula.

Would you like Louise to be your Doula?

Email doulalougenis@gmail.com or call 07837 297 227

About Louise 

Louise is currently a student NCT doula. An important part of training for this role is that Louise 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 2019 for you to be able to consider asking Louise to be your birth doula. The fee for Louise to support you has been appropriately set at £250 to recognise the fact that she is a student.

Louise lives in Surrey, in the small village of East Horsley with her husband and young sons. Louise would love to support families with births planned at home as well as with the Royal Surrey (Guildford), St Peter’s (Woking) and Epsom and St Hellier, but would welcome conversations from families using other maternity units across Surrey and Hampshire. 
 
Louise has always had an interest and passion for all things birth and babies. Training as an early years practitioner at 17, Louise spent many years nannying for young families by helping new parents find their feet. After having her own children, Louise discovered her passion for supporting birth and decided to embark on further study. For the birth of her second child, Louise hired a Doula herself and felt the difference it made to her birth experience. With this experience sitting firm in her mind, Louise is looking forward to supporting both mothers and their partners through birth. 
 
Having had both hospital and home births herself and observed caesarean births, Louise is well equipped to support families which ever way birth leads them. Before the birth of your baby, in the 2 or 3 antenatal meetings, Louise can offer informational support and help you develop your birth preference. Louise is also able to aid in practicing additional support measures like relaxation, massage and breathing techniques. 

During labour, Louise will look to compliment the support given by a partner, whether this is by taking a greater or lesser role. This support may come in the form of massage, relaxation, breathing techniques or assisting with staying mobile and changing positions. With her kind, calm and supportive nature, Louise can help to maintain a positive birthing environment whichever route you take. 

Louise started her training with the NCT in 2017 whilst working and raising her boys. She is currently studying on both the Doula and Antenatal pathways and is intending to further her studies by adding the Yoga and Breastfeeding pathways in the future. 

A photograph of Louise Genis, a white woman with medium brown hair in a bob haircut. She is smiling.

 

Qualifications

Louise has completed her level 4 studies with NCT and is completing her Birth and Beyond Degree at the University of Worcester, currently studying the Doula and Antenatal pathways. 
 
Louise is level 3 qualified in Childcare and Education and holds a BA Hons from Bath Spa University. 

Practicalities

Louise will provide support by:

  • Meeting you and your partner 2 or 3 times before your birth to enable us to explore your birth options and establish your birth preferences.
  • Helping you try massage and breathing techniques which can be used during labour
  • Being on call for your birth, 2 weeks prior and 2 weeks after your estimated due date.
  • Joining you at home or in hospital for your labour and a few hours after the birth to ensure you have everything you need as a family to continue your journey together.
  • Meeting once after the birth of your baby to listen to you and your partner’s birth stories, answer any questions you may have and sign-post you if you want to explore additional services.
  • Being available by phone or email for the duration of the contract.

Testimonials

“Lou’s calm presence and supportive attitude helped to keep me grounded throughout my long labour. She was very responsive and was able to anticipate my needs whilst still providing and keeping space for me and my husband to share the experience together”

- Rebecca, parent of T

 

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