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Hazel TreeI am a birth & postnatal doula supporting families during pregnancy, birth and beyond. I work under the national organization of Doula UK, who promote positive birth and supporting families. I am an antenatal teacher and peer breastfeeding support worker.

My role as a childbirth educator  is to help you learn, to empower and support you on your journey to parenthood, if this is your first or fifth child. I offer one-on-one sessions as well as small groups.

My role as a Birth Doula is to support you to have the most empowering and satisfying time you can during pregnancy, labour and birth. I offer emotional & practical support, by helping you and your partner become an effective team,  explaining how the birth process works, finding comfort measures that work for you, if needed I can be your advocate. My goal is to help you to feel safe and relaxed. I do not lead nor advise, yet assist you to find the right choices for you.

As a Postnatal doula my presence is to help you find your feet in the early days of adjusting to life with a new baby in the house. Offering practical, emotional support and encouragement I can do a variety of household tasks such as clear the sink of dishes, cook lunch, change nappies, walk the dog. Just ask!

Gift certificates: If you someone you know has just had a baby and you’d like to be there to help.

For people further away I offer ‘distance doula-ing‘ through Skype and phone to provide support and information conveniently to you.

Celebrate your coming birth with a Mother Blessing ceremony and invite your circle of women friends to gather towards the end of your pregnancy. Together we create a space to celebrate and honour the journey to motherhood, weaving the web of friendship doing whatever feels comfortable to you. We can make it as simple as a shared meal sharing stories, or a ceremony to honour motherhood as a rite of passage; the choice is yours.

I’m also the author of the bestselling novel A Doula’s Journey which is a fictional story about how one woman becomes a doula. Recently reviewed in Juno magazine who said: ‘The book is stuffed full of facts about natural birth and doula training, and soaked through with women’s wisdom. It would be a great read both for those considering, or already embarked upon, birth work, and for expectant mothers.’

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