Personal Care for Your Growing Family

Having a baby is a very exciting time in one's life and preparing for birth is the best way to ensure that you have a positive and empowering birth experience. Being calm and feeling reassured in your ability to birth your baby is so important to having a positive birth experience. If you are looking for a doula in Berkshire then look no further!

My Approach

 

As I doula, my aim is to help you have a positive birth. I am there for you every step of the way:

Before During After

 

  • I help prepare you during your pregnancy, so that you feel calm and reassured during your birth.

  • I attend the birth to give you and your partner emotional and practical support.

  • I am there for you postnatally as well to help you get back on your feet. 

Empowering Birth

 

Having an empowering birth is not necessarily about the type of labour you have. It is about your sense of power and ability to make decisions about what happens to you. I don’t mind what your birth choices are.

 

What I care about is your overall experience of birth. I care that you feel heard, that you have a say in your care, and that you are offered choices and feel able to make a decision that best resonates with your gut instinct. I am here to walk with you along your journey to birth your baby, to help you feel calm and confident and to help you have the birth of your choice. 

 

"She is very supportive and we were so happy to see how prepared she was for our early arrival!" 

- Ruby, Ben & little Arthur 

Your First Step Into Parenthood

"Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers - strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength."

- Barbara Katz Rothman

FREE Guide To Birth Care Choices

I've created a step-by-step guide to birth care choices for new mums. 

 

It includes:

- What to expect as you make your first appointment

- What is usually covered at each stage of your pregnancy

 

- A timeline of your antenatal appointments

 

& more information about the choices available to you

As a doula, my role is to support parents who are looking for continuity of care in pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period, no matter where they wish to birth their babies.

 

Events 

Hypnobirthing & Pregnancy Circle Taster Session

TBC

Testimonials

My partner and I were so lucky to have Grace as our doula, she is cheerful and positive, listens and makes sure to understand your questions so she can give thoughtful, insightful information. She is very supportive and we were so happy to see how prepared she was for our early arrival - while I was feeling the contraction surges, Grace had a lavender massage oil ready to rub my lower back, it really helped - and when we unexpectedly had to go to hospital Grace was armed with many important supplies from protein bars to shower gel, as well as her ever-steady, affectionate support. She stayed with me a long time in the hospital until she was confident I was truly settled, it was amazing to have someone so calm and supportive there with us. Grace is a wonderful influence to have around for the whole wonderful birth process, from planning to birthing to settling into life as a larger family. Thank you, Grace, for your time, insight and love. We would not hesitate to recommend having Grace by your side for your birth journey.

Ruby, Ben and Little Arthur XxX

As a student, I sought out Grace  when I was in early labour as I did not want to give birth on my own.  She arrived straight away and when I saw her, I instantly felt I had known her for ages. I was able to feel more relaxed about labour and I felt the I could rely on her to guide me to the natural birth that I needed as I did not have help around.  Labour was long and she stayed with me for the two days we spent in hospital. She brought me food and made sure I was well looked after. I am forever grateful for the care and support she gave me. After I gave birth, Grace visited me twice to make sure that I was doing well and she helped me with feeding issues.    

H x 

Having Grace as a birth and postnatal doula has been the best choice we could make. Grace is sweet, understanding, never judgemental and was a real support for both me and my husband. During my long labour, having her there meant my husband could go home for a few hours and get some rest, knowing I was fully taken care of and not alone. And postnatally, especially after my husband went back to work, having Grace coming over for a few hours during the day, helped me not feeling alone or helpless, trusting there was someone caring and that I could trust with my baby while resting or taking a shower. Definitely I would ask Grace to be our doula again should we have a second child!

AM & VS

Grace was our doula for the birth or our second son. I had had a c-section with my first child after having a relatively straight forward labour. I felt I needed extra support to achieve a VBAC so I looked for a local doula. Having Grace with us made a world of difference to how I laboured. She was someone we could both trust and depend on and I could not have done it without the back message she gave me. She was also great with my first born and after the birth she brought us a home cooked meal and made sure that we were all looked after. Having a doula was the best decision we made. 

E & S

Pregnancy Nurturing Circle

Who is it suitable for?

All pregnant women are welcome to the pregnancy relaxation circle.

When are they?

 The next Circle will resume in September. The date will be confirmed closer to the time and will run, once a week, for 4 weeks. 

What is the purpose?

We meet in a closed circle where we create a sacred space, preparing mothers for pregnancy, birth & the eaerly postpartum period. You are welcome to join  more than one circle in your pregnancy.

How much will it cost?

£40 for 4 session or £12 for individual sessions. Concessions available for the unwaged. Advance booking is essential.

​Venue: Central Caversham,

get in touch for full address & parking info.

When and Where?

Group Hypnobirthing Workshop 

Date TBC

You will learn:

  • techniques that will help you let go of fear and negativity when it comes to your beliefs about birth

  • how to prepare a detailed birth plan, preparing what you need for the birth of your choice

  • how to prepare an ideal birth environment

  • how to use your breathing to relax your mind and body

  • breathing techniques for the 3 stages of birth

  • massage techniques to help you go deeper into relaxation during labour and help release endorphins

  • to use visualisations and guided relaxations to help you feel calm and reassured about your natural ability to birth your baby.

  • tried and tested methods to help birth progress

You will get

  • 14 MP3 downloads for pregnancy and birth which can be

  • scripts for relaxations to practice with your partner

  • birth affirmations

  • birth videos (if you wish)

  • You will try out my rebozos and my selection of essential oils to use during birth

 

There is much more you can get out of the group hypnobirthing workshops.

Get in touch to book your place. 

Your pregnancy is your unique journey into parenthood. Stay informed, look for and ask to be signposted to evidence that supports your choices. Yes, you DO have choices. Invest in your antenatal preparation and seek the support you need to help you feel calm and confident about your upcoming birth. The more you put in to your antenatal preparation and education, the more you benefit afterwards.  Choose wisely and follow your instinct. 

Contact Grace Today!
Grace Collins

Birth & Post natal Doula 

Qualified KG Hypnobirthing instructor. 

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