Birth Doula 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?

Birth Doula 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 calm 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.

​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.

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.

​I’ve been a doula for over seven years now and 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.

I’m based in Reading, and work with families within a 30 minute drive, covering most Berkshire and parts of 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.
Tila
Oxford
As your birth doula, I’ll respect and protect your space while providing a calm and peaceful environment during labour and birth.

Antenatal meetings

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.

On-call

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.

Postnatal visits

I will visit you once or twice at your home  after your baby is born. 

We can have a chat about how things are going and talk about the birth if you want to.

I can offer breastfeeding support if needed, slings and baby carriers advice, and I will signpost you to local groups that may be of help to you.

I was lucky enough to have Nuria as my doula for the birth of my first baby. I found the continuity of care I received from her before, during and even after the birth more than I could have expected. When I met Nuria I thought she had really gentle, calming qualities to her character which was exactly what I thought I would need in such a situation. My husband also benefited greatly from her support and guidance during the birth. He felt he was able to support me even better as a result of her suggestions. Nuria was able to be very impartial and did not push her views but shared her opinion if I asked. I think this is a quality you need in a doula and is very hard to come by in most people. I’m very grateful to Nuria for her support at such an important and special time for me and my new family.
Sarah
Oxford

Prices starting at £1300 – I’ll happily build a package for you, if you want to add some hypnobirthing or breastfeeding preparation classes or some postnatal support.

If you are struggling financially but would benefit from a doula, have a look at the Doula UK Access Fund. It covers the expenses of Doula UK doulas volunteering to work with local clients in financial hardship, enabling those on a low income to have the support of a doula.

We are delighted to have partnered with you in the preparation for having our child Isaac at the RBH (event though we planned for a home birth) and in particular for the support during labour and right through to the delivery of our baby. The psychological support made all the difference because of the negative hospital experience we had with having our first child. Thank you for all of the help and advice during pregnancy and the support and the preparation for the coming of the baby, and letting me know what was going on during the different stages I went through on the day.
Susana
Reading

Let's chat

Please contact me for a free initial meeting so we can discuss your needs and wishes and you can get an idea if I am the type of doula you are looking for: