Louise is currently a student NCT doula.
Would you like Louise to be your Doula?
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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.
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.
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.
“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”