Birth Doula Services in Reading, Berkshire
"Birth isn’t something we suffer, but something that we actively do and exult in!" - Sheila Kitzinger
Pregnant and feeling anxious about giving birth?
Overwhelmed with the huge amount of info on pregnancy and birth and finding it difficult through the maternity system?
Or perhaps, this isn’t your first pregnancy, and this time you want things to go differently from first time round?
I truly believe everyone can prepare for a positive birth experience by making informed choices and deciding the way they want to live this unique experience. As your birth doula I will offer you non judgemental support and will encourage you to follow your instincts and wishes – I’ll be by your side however you want to live your experience.
How do I do this?
Antenatally I can help you prepare for the birth by being there to listen, to help you refocus and support you to feel more confident about the birth, I can help you with your birth plan and signpost you to evidence-based information.
I can offer you a fully bespoke hypnobirthing birth preparation sessions, where we will cover everything that you need to know, working together on the tools that help you best and discuss all the different scenarios, so that you will feel fully confident and prepared.
We’ll always work together with your birth partner, if you have one, to ensure we’re all on the same page and to equip your birth partner with plenty of tools to better support you on the day.
Nuria has been an invaluable help to me personally before, during and after the birth.
The reassurance that she gave me and the directions offered to me during the birth were priceless, especially considering my head space (even if prepared) for witnessing my wife going through the intensity of labour.
Thank you Nuria!
Alex, Birth Partner
During labour and birth I can give you massage as a comfort measure, get some aromatherapy going. I won’t come between you and your birth partner, I may make suggestions to your birth partner on how they can best support you at a given moment and I’ll make sure you are both well looked after.
What experience do I have?
Through my work as a doula I have accompanied women and their families at homebirths, hospital birth, breech babies, elective caesareans, VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Caesarean), HVBAC (Homebirth VBAC), inductions.
What area do I cover?
I’m based in Reading, and work with families within a 45 minute drive, covering all Berkshire, South Oxfordshire and North Hampshire.
Nuria accompanied my husband and me during my son’s birth, we also met her a few times before and after the birth.
She was always very present in the moment, she asked us some very good questions which helped us both prepare ourselves for what lay ahead, as well as to process what turned out to be a very intense time in our lives.
I found Nuria to be a very kind and genuinely loving person.
She is a great listener, non judgemental, yet totally honest, and very down to earth.
As your birth doula, I’ll respect and protect your space while providing a calm and peaceful environment during labour and birth.
We will meet 2 or 3 times during your pregnancy. At these meetings we will have the chance to know each other and talk about how you want to be supported best.
We can talk about your fears and concerns about pregnancy labour and birth, discuss your birth preferences and I can help you to draw up your birth plan if you wish to.
I will go on call from week 38 which means that I'll be available to you for whenever birth happens!
You can call or text me anytime when you feel things are happening and I will come to you when you feel you want me by your side.
We can discuss if you want me to go on call earlier.
Labour & birth support
I will accompany you during labour, from the very first moment you want me until your baby is born. I will support your birth partner as well, so they can confidently support you.
After your baby is born, I can help you with baby´s first feed and will stay with you until you feel comfortable and settled.