My name is Nuria and I am a Birth and Postnatal doula, registered with Doula UK, in Reading (Berkshire).
Childbirth is a very precious moment in every woman’s life; I believe that women have the ability to have a positive birth experience by making informed choices and deciding the way they want to live this unique 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, help with the birth plan and signpost you to evidence based information so you can make informed choices.
During the birth I can give you massage (or show your birth partner how to do it), use my Rebozo as labour comfort measures, get some aromatherapy ongoing. I’ll make sure both you and your partner are well looked after. I’ve been at very different births and accompanied families in different settings.
Postnatally my focus is that transition into motherhood goes as smooth as possible and I’ll help you with practical stuff around the house, emotional support and can help you as well with breastfeeding and babywearing (and signpost you to local groups for further help)
You are welcome to explore the services I offer; I can help you at any stage of your journey:
- Antenatal Doula, check my services here.
- Birth Doula, check my services here.
- Postnatal Doula, check my services here.
Please, do not hesitate in contacting me for a initial, no obligation chat so that we can work out together what best suits your needs!
Currently I co-facilitate the Reading Positive Birth group with monthly meetings – feel free to join for lots of peer support 🙂
I was lucky enough to have Nuria as my doula for the birth of my first baby in June. 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.
What is a Doula?
Doula is a Greek word meaning “woman servant”. Currently, the doula is the one who accompanies the woman or the couple, during pregnancy, labour and postnatal period.
The main role of a birth doula is to provide practical and evidence based information on pregnancy and birth, and to protect mother’s space, privacy, a basic need for a physiological birth. A birth doula has knowledge of the physiology of birth, but does not have a clinical role; offers emotional and physical accompaniment, may use comfort measures (breathing, relaxation, movement,…) and helps mother to make informed birth choices.
Postnatal doulas work in the home of the families as they may need, helping around the house, offering reassurance, supporting with infant feeding. This will help families to settle down after childbirth and bond with their baby and encouraging a smooth transition into parenthood.
Check also this great article: Why hire a Doula?
- Doula preparation course – Paramana Doula – May 2014
- Breastfeeding Study Day – Breastfeeding London – June 2014
- Breastfeeding – National Distance Education University (Spain) – January 2015 – June 2015
- Doula UK Access Day – Doula UK – February 2015
- Supporting every birth workshop – Michelle Every – June 2015
- Babywearing Peer Supporter course – School of Babywearing – July 2015
- Positive Discipline – School of Attachment Parenting – June 2016
- Birth Doula recognition – September 2016
- Mindful Rebozo for birthworkers – Sophie Messeger – October 2016
- Breastfeeding Study Day – BfN Breastfeeding Network – October 2016
- Babywearing Consultancy – School of Babywearing – December 2016
- Supporting the Breastfeeding Mother and Baby – ABM – March 2017