I provide doula services that focus on maternal mental health, by working with women and their families during pregnancy, birth and postnatally.

Hi, I’m Nicola, and I provide birth doula services and postnatal doula services for women and their families across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
I am a BirthBliss Academy doula, as well as being registered with Doula UK.

Benefits of Doula Support

I’m passionate about supporting women to understand their bodies and their choices throughout pregnancy, birth and postnatally. I ensure women receive unbiased, evidence-based information, allowing them to make decisions that best suit their individual needs.

Feeling informed, in control and supported are key to good maternal mental health. This drives the service I deliver to the women that I support.

My commitment to improving perinatal mental health support led me to found a not-for-profit organisation, PND Mummies CIC. All profits from my work as a birth doula go towards funding PND Mummies CIC.

Evidence that Doula’s make a difference

Research has looked to see if the type of support a women has during labour and birth made a difference. They considered — does it matter who birthing persons choose for continuous support? Does it matter if they choose a midwife, doula, or partner for continuous support?

Two outcomes showed that the best results occurred when a birthing person had continuous labor support from a doula– someone who was NOT a staff member at the hospital and who was NOT part of their social network. The research found that overall, people who have continuous support during childbirth experience a:

    • 39% decrease in the risk of Cesarean;
    • 31% decrease in the use of Pitocin
    • 12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth
    • 9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
    • 4% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery
    • 34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience

Details taken from Evidence Based Birth