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Birth and Postnatal Services

Every birth is special. Whether it takes place at a hospital or at home, each is beautiful and deserving of celebration. No matter how you birth your baby, everyone can benefit from having a doula present at the moment of delivery. Contact me to learn more about my services, and how I can help you bring your own child into this beautiful world.

Why do I need a Doula ?

The experience of pregnancy and birth has evolved over the years, especially in today’s modern era. Today birth and postnatal support is less ingrained in our culture. Years ago, our own child's birth would not have been the first birth we experienced. We would have had our Mum’s aunties, sisters as our doulas to help during and after birth.  We have so much fear around the unknowns of birth and the first few months with our baby, as many of us do not live near our families. Birth has become more reliant on hospitals and the NHS, who do not always provide a consistent approach.

Todays Mum’s are juggling work, social and family life, and time is very precious. I believe the need for caring, sensitive and knowledgeable support during this time is becoming more and more vital. Every pregnancy, birth and first few months following birth is different, and as a Doula, I feel honored to be able to contribute my expertise to make your experience an empowering positive experience.

 

We invest time and money in holiday’s, weddings, cars…..so why not in a doula? No matter how many children you have, each of their births is something you will remember for the rest of your life, so invest the time and money to ensure each one is the best it can be!  

 

“But can’t my Partner provide everything I need?”

Your Partner does not provide the experience and detachment a doula provides, which makes a big difference. The knowledge of a doula to reassure you both that everything is going well, advise “we do not need to go to the hospital yet”, explain what is happening and discuss all available options, is invaluable.

A doula will also provide help and support to your Partner, who may also feel nervous and overwhelmed. They will feel more confident and empowered with a doula by their side.

Every doula also has their own bag of magic tricks they can call up upon! Whether that be aromatherapy, massage, rebozo etc.

 

By having a doula by your side, you :

  • Increase your chance of a shorter birth

  • Increase the chance of spontaneous vaginal birth

  • Decrease the risk of medical intervention

  • Decrease risk of cesarian

 

Grainne Amos

Areas covered North London, North West London, Middlesex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Barnet

Every family is unique, so I offer a variety of doula services personalised for each Mother. Regardless of what you choose, we will dive into your beliefs and expectations around labor, birth and the first few months of having a new baby. Together, we will explore your physical, emotional strengths and limitations to ensure you are completely prepared. Please get in touch to learn more about the various services I can offer you.

Hi, I am Gráinne (an Irish name for Grace pronounced ‘Grawnya’). Please do not be put off by my name as I am not offended by people struggling with it and I understand it is not the easiest to spell or pronounce!  

I’m a relaxed, calm, easy to get on with person, who likes to laugh at the funnier things in life. I love meeting people and building relationships. My non-judgemental open attitude means that I will support Mum and partner in whatever choices you make and bring no preconceived ideas or hidden agenda of what birth or parenting choices you should make.

You’ll probably find once you announce your pregnancy that everyone has a story or opinion to share on giving birth! I’m here to help you look at all the options available. I encourage parents to trust their natural and cultural instincts and be confident in their values and beliefs to guide them into making the right choices.

I am passionate about helping and supporting Mums and ensuring their partners feel part of the process. We will work together to empower you to give birth and parent your way.

 

My Family

I live in Ruislip and I am a proud Mum of two challenging ‘independent’ girls, Ruby and Grace aged 13 and 12. With only a 15 month gap between the girls, my husband (Matthew) and I could have definitely done with some Doula support when they were born. Isn’t hindsight a wonderful thing…

My husband was a supportive birth partner but nearly fainted when I had an antenatal blood test, so we did not think he would make it to see Ruby being born. But he not only supported me throughout the birth, but he also cut the cord. Having been through this, I do not underestimate the emotions and wonder of the birthing process which has a huge impact on Mum, the supporting partner and wider family unit.

My Background

I was born and grew up in London surrounded by a wonderfully close large Irish family. My Mum was 1 of 16 children and my Dad has 5 siblings. Growing up, our home was always full of family and children of different ages. Having babies and children around was very familiar territory and I felt at ease helping out. I started practicing to be a Doula early (unbeknown to me) and in my teens I would spend all my school holidays visiting and helping my aunt to look after my baby twin cousins.  

I worked for 28 years at Waitrose and one of my last roles was as a Commercial Relationship Manager. Over the years I found myself spending more and more time supporting and coaching friends and family through childbirth and the postnatal period. Despite having birthed my own two children I surprised myself at the impact I had when I supported my first birth. Just the little words of encouragement, help with positioning and letting Mum know she is almost there, are just some of the simple things that make the world of difference. I decided I was getting more fulfilment out of this and it was time to focus full time on people and their relationships! I investigated if such a role existed and was excited to discover the world of Doulas and I was away........

I would love to be a part of your journey and am happy to have an initial call or meet up to have a chat. You are always in the driving seat and its important you feel comfortable with me and take your time to choose the right Doula for you. 

 

 

Training

Doula UK member

Aspiring  Doula Course

Antinatal and Birth Preparation Workshop

Exploring Doula Support Through Loss

I am also a Doula coach for BirthBliss Academy  

 

Services

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Peapod (antenatal)

Suffering from SPD (pelvic pain)?

Trying to juggle, work, house and children while preparing for your newborn?

Unable to book onto antenatal classes?

Would you like antenatal classes in the comfort of your own home, designed for you and your Partner, when you want them?

 

I can provide practical help and support and provide factual information before your baby arrives.  

 

Antenatal classes

  • Hopes and fears

  • Road to birth

  • Birth Physiology

  • What happens when?

  • What role does your Partner play?

  • Where will you birth?

  • Pain management

  • Interventions

  • Coping strategies

  • Your personal birth preference document

  • What happens once baby has arrived

Sweetpea (birth)

Every birth and Mum is unique. I provide flexible support to be with you every step of the way, providing calm evidence based information to support your pregnancy and physical caring support during birth.

 

  • Support throughout the antenatal and postnatal period

  • 2 x 2 hour private antenatal sessions, these cover all aspects of labor, birth & beyond. Plenty of opportunities to ask questions and explore birth choices further.

  • A personalised birth preference document detailing all your wishes.

  • Guidance navigating the maternity system.

  • Signposting to local birth support services (reflexology, acupuncturist etc)

  • On call for the birth 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from 10 days before your due date until week 42. 

  • Continuity of care throughout your pregnancy, labor and birth, supporting you and your partner.   

  • Use of aromatherapy oils & homeopathy remedies if you wish to use them.

  • Guidance and support with baby’s first feed.

  • 1 x 2 hour postnatal visit usually within 10 days of the birth.

  • Continuous phone & email support from time of booking until 6 weeks post birth.

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Newborn baby Sleeping  on a green blanke

Babypea (postnatal)

The aim of my postnatal care is to provide flexible, emotional, practical and informative support to your new family in a non-judgemental way.

 

  • Emotional care and support for Mum

  • Guidance and support with feeding baby

  • Assistance with newborn care, such as bathing, changing etc.

  • Care for siblings in the home

  • Light household tasks

  • Preparation and cook meals

  • Menu planning/grocery online shopping

  • Errands

  • Community referrals

  • Look after baby while you rest/nap

  • Establish routines (if required)

  • Companionship and a good listener for Mum

  • Provide time for self-care for Mum

 

I will provide (within reason!) whatever is needed to help your family relax and have a positive experience of life with your new baby.

Sleeppea (overnight support)

Transitioning to parenthood can be difficult. There are so many things to consider, from changing nappies, deciding on the vast amount of baby aids that are now available for you and your family, the feeding and sleep schedules, dealing with visitors…...and the list goes on!

I understand the importance of a full nights sleep and so I can provide parents with overnight support. It really can make the world of difference in Mum’s postnatal recovery and the partners bonding, to know that your baby is being tended to while you get some well earned sleep! Each overnight plan is tailored to suit the needs of the family, and can include a hot tea/coffee and breakfast in the morning!

The sleep package includes :

  • Personal consultation to discuss sleep routines, bedtime, bath time etc.

  • Overnight home stay for 10 hours each visit

  • Bringing baby to Mum for breastfeeding (if required)

  • Change and soothe baby back to sleep

  • Few quiet household chores such as washing bottles, putting away laundry etc.  

  • On call text and phone support for additional support

  • Checklists and referrals if required

 
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“Whenever and however you give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body, and your spirit for the rest of your life”

Ina May Gaskin

 

Kind words

Thank you for helping my Mum and Dad prepare for my birth and support our family after it.  

Baby Partrick  -  NW8 St. Johnswood 

Thank you so much for all your help and support over the last 4 months with the twins. You have been practical, very informative nurturing and great company too. We will miss you dearly, but we will always remember the input you have given to our family. 

 

Elisa & Ben -  EN5 Barnet 

Thank you for all the support and guidance you gave us both before, after and during our big day. Although it did not go the way we anticipated, it was still a positive experience and our little girl arrived safe and happy. You will always be in our memories and we are very grateful for your kindness and compassion.

 

Melissa & Ed - N1 Hoxton

Thank you all your support to date with our journey. Your kind warm and professional care has meant the world to us. The bumps in the road have definitely been easier to manage with your support and guidance. 

Christina & Tim - NW10  Kensal Green  

I wasn't actually booked to have Grainne as my Doula but the Douala I had booked had a family emergency when I was giving birth so she arranged for Grainne to come in her place. It obviously wasn't an easy situation for Grainne to walk into, since we'd never met and by that point, I was getting pretty far along in my labour. She was absolutely brilliant! She was incredibly sensitive and helped me so much during my birth. She wasn't over the top and knew instinctively exactly how much support I needed. And she knew when to take a step back too. I cannot recommend her highly enough and would gladly have her attending if I were to have another baby at any point.

Gerogina - W8 Kensington  

I was initially skeptical about having a third person in the room during the birth of our daughter and worried about losing the emotional intimacy of birth. But from the first time we met Grainne, I immediately felt at ease with her. Grainne is so knowledgeable and friendly and getting to know her before the birth was really important to me. She really understood how we wanted her to help us and having her as our birth doula was invaluable. Whilst I felt that I was fully prepared for the birth, having attended a hypnobirthing course, NCT and read some books, Grainne offered a level of support to my wife (and me) that I could not have achieved on my own. I would warmly recommend Grainne to anyone thinking of hiring a doula.

Nick - HA1 Harrow

Grainne Amos is personable, encouraging and positive and she has got a wonderful energy about her. She is easy going, calm and relaxed and nothing faces her. Her interest and knowledge about giving birth is second to none. She isn’t scared of difficult subjects and handles those with great respect and empathy. She was able to support me and guide me during my labour in a way that I could never have imagined, both physically and mentally. This is where her strengths really came out in full force. She knew my birth plan inside and out and made sure it was being followed. I would recommend her to anyone giving birth and I give her my warmest recommendations to any future parents looking for a doula. I wouldn't hesitate a moment to hire her again for a potential future pregnancy.

Elin -  HA1 Harrow 

My husband and I were completely unprepared for the beautiful carnage that is the ‘fourth trimester’. When I first picked up to the phone to Gráinne my little boy was about two weeks old and I was completely frazzled. I was acutely sleep deprived, hadn’t washed my hair in ages, I couldn’t remember the last time I’d eaten a decent meal and my washing basket was out of control. Gráinne arrived at our doorstep the next day and we honestly haven’t looked back since.

Gráinne is honestly one of the kindest people I know. She is driven by a desire to do good and this evident by the quality of care and support she offered to me and my family. She went above and beyond to help in every way, whether that was by rustling up something in the kitchen, taking our son out for a walk so we could get some precious sleep or cramming in another load of washing. She always succeeded in restoring order to our house and she always did it with a smile on her face.

Aside from the practical support Gráinne offered to our family, I will always be grateful to the support she offered me as a new mummy. I must confess that my confidence was pretty low in those first months and I found myself questioning my mummying skills and putting myself down, more than I care to admit. Gráinne consistently championed me and encouraged me to follow my instincts. I can’t stress how valuable this is in those first months against a backdrop of opinionated family members and healthcare professionals who can at times be void of empathy. We are honestly blessed to have Gráinne in our lives and see her as an extension of our family. We can’t recommend her enough!

Kárren - NW11 Mill Hill 

Thank you for helping and supporting our family postnatally. You have got me through so many fears. What you do is so valuable.

 

Sharon & Harry-  SL0 Iver Heath

Grainne was my post natal doula following the birth of my first son in 2018 and I can honestly say her support, advice and assistance was invaluable. My husband and I were overwhelmed by her warmth and kindness in supporting us having become parents for the first time helping ensure we had time to enjoy the special moments with our son and keeping our household functioning.

 

Choosing a doula can be a daunting experience as you are choosing someone who will be in your home and assisting you with some of the most  intimate and vulnerable moments of your life, including helping me breastfeed, supporting me on days when the baby blues had hit or just when I was a bit emotional through lack of sleep. What was most important for us was that we could find someone that would fit in with our family and still for us all to feel at ease, even though there was a new person doing their magic all around that we didn’t know that well! 

 

My husband and I found that perfect person in Grainne! When you first meet Grainne what instantly comes across is her warmth and caring nature as well as her fun personality….she always arrives with a smile! We quickly felt at ease with Grainne not only looking after out little boy but being with us in our home. From the outset, Grainne blew us away with her boundless energy even after she had held our son  in her arms for 4 hours through the night (as it was the only way he would sleep) to give us the rest we desperately needed.  Her approach was incredibly supportive and always encouraging which over time has immensely helped us increase our confidence of being parents and looking after our little boy. Grainne has also been great to talk through the different things that over time we were either worried about or struggling with. Each time she has always listened  and if required has offered us suggestions of things that we might consider not only from looking after our little boy but also dealing with our care providers. 

 

We have no idea how we would have got through the first year without her but we are so grateful to have this wonderful person in our lives and enable us to enjoy our first year with our little one rather than just survive! We are just sorry that we couldn’t keep her forever! 

Shirley & Kris - N1 Islington 

 
 

Contact

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