One-to-one Pregnancy, Birth & Postnatal Support
Traditionally, doulas support individuals during the intense transformation of childbirth, helping them safely and gently bring their babies into the world. At Project MAMA, some of us identify as doulas, but some of us do not. As our role encompasses such a large scope, we call ourselves ‘Mother Companions’, a role dedicated to the support and nurturing of a mother-to-be. Our one-to-one support spans from any stage in pregnancy, throughout labour and childbirth and for the first 8 weeks of parenthood to help her adapt to her new role. We offer:
Emotional Support: Space to un-pack ideas, concerns and wishes. Listening, giving encouragement, reassurance, and being a consistent physical & nurturing presence.
Physical Support: Helping with comfort measures, breath work, massage, relaxation, and guidance with infant feeding & settling.
Information Support: Sharing information, explanations and non-medical advice, guidance on NHS care, and signposting to partner agencies.
Advocacy: Facilitating communication between women and care providers so that she can make informed choices. Discussing rights & entitlements in pregnancy.
Where relevant, support for a Mother’s Partner: Offering encouragement, reassurance & guidance on how to support the mother, their infant and themselves.