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.

Paula is an NCT student doula for Suffolk.

Would you like Paula to be your Doula? 

Paula is currently a student NCT doula. An important part of training for this role is that Paula 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-September 2019 and end of March 2020 for you to be able to consider asking Paula to be your birth doula. The fee for Paula to support you has been appropriately set to recognise the fact that she is a student. 

Email: paulawood4@sky.com or call: 07727 063757 

About Paula  

Paula lives in a village in Suffolk, close to Bury St Edmunds, between Cambridge and Ipswich. She is married and a mother of three children, all of which were very different labours and births, which stirred the desire to work as a doula and within the NCT. 

Paula is passionate about birth and offering support throughout pregnancy, birth and beyond to enable a positive experience. She aims to make sure that all parents are supported, physically and emotionally.  Therefore, making sure that their wishes and decisions are heard, while paying close attention to the needs of both partners.  Paula would offer massage and relaxation techniques whilst providing the consistency of a familiar face during labour and birth.     

Paula would feel comfortable at your birth, whether it be at home, birth centre or consultant led unit.  She will be there to help create a special experience.  

Paula feels her role as a doula is to work alongside the mother and birth partner before, during and after the birth by helping them to feel calm, prepared, supported and empowered.  

Paula Wood

Qualifications 

Paula is currently training with NCT and University of Worcester.  Having completed Level 4 in 2018, she is now continuing her degree and recently qualified ofr Yoga for Pregnancy and Mother and Baby yoga. In September she will start studying Baby Massage alongside her Doula training. 

Practicalities 

Paula will provide support by  

  • Meeting two or three times before the birth to allow you time to get to know one another and build a personal connection.  During the meetings you can discuss labour and birth plans, including any worries or concerns you may have. 
  • Being available to contact via email or phone throughout your pregnancy. 
  • Being on call 24/7 for two weeks before and two weeks after your estimated due date. 
  • Staying with you throughout your labour as required and for a few hours after birth to ensure you are settled. 
  • Meeting with you 7 to 10 days after birth to talk through your birth and discuss any further support you may need. 
  • Being adaptable to each person, understanding everyone has different wants and needs. 
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