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Scroll down to find out how I can support you in your pregnancy, birth and post natal period, if you live in the Portsmouth, Southampton, Winchester, Petersfield, Chichester area of South East Hampshire or West Sussex.

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What is a birth keeper and doula?

Jeanette Faulkner

Hello! My name is Jeanette and as your birth keeper and doula, I am here to support you during pregnancy, birth and the first few weeks following your baby's arrival. A birth keeper centres you and your baby together regarding you as one. My role is to support you in any choices about your maternity care you may make and be there for you when you need that continuity of care that is often missing from the overstretched NHS.  This means I will be available for you to call upon any time day or night from 10 days before your due date until baby's, or babies', arrival. This doesn't mean I can't be there for you if baby comes before time, though! I can be there as an advocate for you when you need, and give practical and emotional support not just to you, but your partner and other family members.

Following birth, I will make sure you are settled before leaving and return for a further two visits. These are negotiated with you dependent upon your need. This may be for help with breastfeeding or purely allowing you some time to bathe and sleep for a few hours whilst I peel some veg ready for your evening meal. From your first booking with me I am available for you to contact whenever you need.

I have a wealth of experience behind me, having qualified as both a Midwife and Registered Nurse. Homebirths are a true love of mine and I have attended twin and breech births. I am a proud member of the Association of Radical Midwives and AIMS. I am a birth keeper with When Push Comes to Shove and registered with Doula UK.

I am based in Gosport so my area covers mainly south-east Hampshire and south-west West Sussex - Southampton, Eastleigh, Winchester, Petersfield, Midhurst, Chichester, Havant, Portsmouth, Fareham and Gosport.

I look forward to meeting you!

Choice of birth and post natal package - in person or video

Every woman and their family needs something different. Below gives you an idea of what I can offer you, but this can be discussed and tailored to your requirements when we meet. There will always be an initial meeting of 30-60 minutes, for which there is no charge. This can either take place in your home or over a video call. Please do not be put off if you think you cannot afford this service. There may be help available to you dependent upon your situation, and payments can also be made in instalments. Prices for bookings made from 1st July 2022.

Antenatal, birth & post natal

The most popular as this gives you the continuity from your antenatal period right through to the post natal.

The package includes:

  • Initial 30-60 minute free visit and discussion of requirements, either over video call or home visit
  • Five session 1-2-1 easibirthingTM hypnobirthing and antenatal preparation course from 24 weeks (sooner if you require for anxiety reasons). Each session is approximately two hours.
  • 24-hour availability, including Christmas and New Year for 10 days prior to your due date and up to the day of your birth. I either come to your home or meet you dependent on what is happening in your labour.
  • Support and advocacy for you and your birth partner during your abour
  • Following birth, I remain with you until you are settled, either at home or hospital, then will arrange two further three-hour visits to support you in whatever way is suitable.

£1200

Antenatal & birth

For some women, there is only a need for antenatal and birth care as you may have very good post natal support in place.

The package includes:

  • Initial 30-60 minute free visit and discussion of requirements, either over video call or home visit
  • Five session 1-2-1 easibirthingTM hypnobirthing and antenatal preparation course from 24 weeks (sooner if you require for anxiety reasons). Each session is approximately two hours.
  • 24-hour availability, including Christmas and New Year for 10 days prior to your due date and up to the day of your birth. I either come to your home or meet you dependent on what is happening in your labour.
  • Support and advocacy for you and your birth partner during your labour.

£1050

Hypnobirthing & antenatal preparation.

I am a certified hypnotic birth practitioner (CHBP) and registered with the NCHP. For first time parents, or those that have had a few years gap since last giving birth. Five sessions comprising 1-2-1 hypnobirthing using the renowned easibirthingTM  method, along with antenatal preparation including preparing your birth plan.

£225

For those who have used hypnobirthing previously, a refresher to help prepare you for your next birth.

Two sessions which include antenatal support, any debrief discussion from previous birth and birth plan preparation.

£95

For elective caesarian preparation, single session combined with help for lactation or suppression, dependent on requirement.

£50

Breech presentation

Single session hypnotherapy to help baby gain a cephalic or head down presentation.

£50

Birth only

The birth package will still include the initial 30-60 minute meeting and two antenatal visits as it is important that we both have a good understanding about working together.

Occasionally, there will be a last-minute decision to employ a doula. I will always do my utmost to accommodate you if this happens, but a pre-birth meet up is still recommended to ensure expectations are discussed.

Are you looking for an English-speaking doula and you are living abroad? Birth support through video call is also now possible, so if you are not in my area, I can still help you during this time.

£775

Post natal only

If your requirement is for post natal support, I offer an hourly rate with a minimum of a two-hour block booked.

Needs are usually discussed with you prior to giving birth. It may range from coming to the hospital, meeting you at home from hospital to help you settle, preparing food for your meal, basic housework, preparing baby's feeds, etc. Sometimes it's just looking out for baby so you can get some well-needed sleep or spend some time with your other children.

However, you may have already given birth but have just decided that you need more help than you realised.  I will always do my best to accommodate you, or can recommend another post natal specialist doula if I am not available.

£25 hourly rate during the hours of 0800-2000.

Sickness & hyperemesis gravidarum treatment

Single session using the easibirthingTM method to help treat your pregnancy sickness problems. 

£50

How else can I help you?

All packages can be tailored to requirements and your choice of birthing is exactly that, your choice.

Water birth

A wonderful and natural pain relief that has been used for centuries. Women have reported that having a water birth resulted in a calmer labour with fewer perineal tears, less pain relief and an amazing transition from womb to birth for their baby. 

Home birth

Yes, you can have a home birth! Discuss with me how to have your birth where you want, this may include breech presentation or vaginal birth following caesarean (VBAC). 

Breast feeding support

Even though it's completely normal and natural, it's often not an easy thing in the first few weeks. Let me help you.

Antenatal classes

I offer 1-2-1 antenatal support combined with hypnobirthing classes. I can also signpost you to lovely classes in yoga or hypnobirthing close to where you live.

Placenta remedies

Capsules, tinctures and smoothies for your use following birth.

Many women have reported a reduction in post partum depression symptoms following the using of remedies. This is an age-old restorative to help women recovery quickly following birth by helping to regulate hormones so you feel better, help milk flow and post birth bleeding appears to be much reduced and finish sooner.

I have some wonderful smoothie recipes for immediate use after birthing your baby and, no, it honestly isn't as bad as you think!

Naming ceremony

Celebrate and welcome your newborn into the world.

Loss of pregnancy

Things don't always go to plan. Ask me how I can support you during your baby's birth or in the immediate time following.

I work following SANDS guidelines and update my practice regularly with attending their workshops.

Fees are reduced or may be totally waived  in these situations.

Advocacy

Sometimes extra support is needed in talking to medical professionals. Ask me how I can support you, whether this might be in achieving the outcome you want for your baby's birth, or attending a postnatal meeting to discuss mediation surrounding your care in hospital. Costs will be dependent upon the situation.

Pre-paid vouchers

Is there a family member you'd like to gift with a doula's support? Ask me how this can be arranged.

CONTACT ME FOR AN APPOINTMENT

I am available by phone, text, WhatsApp or email. I will normally respond quickly when urgent or within twenty-four hours if non-urgent.

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