Hi, I’m Grace.
I am a local mum of two with a love for educating and supporting expectant and new mums. I am a qualified birth doula and lactation counsellor and am currently providing the following services:
-Private Birth Classes
-Private Breastfeeding Classes (during pregnancy)
-Breastfeeding support (at home and in hospital)
-General postnatal support in the home.
Each service is described in more detail below.
In-home breastfeeding support
Breastfeeding support for you and your baby no matter what age or stage they are at. I will take a thorough history of your breastfeeding journey so far and ideally observe a feed. We will discuss your breastfeeding questions and concerns and together work towards resolving any issues so breastfeeding is an enjoyable and relaxing time for you and your little one.
Private Birth Class
We learn about what your body and baby are doing during labour and delivery, discuss the risks and benefits of various interventions, discuss ideas for having an active labour and birth, we practice relaxation techniques and more.
Antenatal Breastfeeding Education
We will discuss how breastfeeding works, the hormones involved, the different stages of lactation, antenatal expressing, positioning and latching, signs of hunger and satiety, the first few days and weeks of feeding, skin-to-skin time, pain-what’s normal and what’s not, how to tell your baby is getting enough milk and more.
As your birth doula I provide a minimum of three antenatal meetings (approximately 2 hours each), attendance at your labour and birth and one postnatal meeting. During labour and delivery I provide support through advocating for your choices, massage, breathing techniques, active birth techniques and more.
In-hospital breastfeeding support
The early days of breastfeeding are so important in establishing the breastfeeding relationship. I will help you get comfortable as you feed your baby, encourage lots of skin-to-skin time, help you identify your baby's hunger cues, assist with latching as needed and provide emotional support as you process your birth while learning to breastfeed.
I come to your home and I can provide feeding support, help with settling your baby, carry out light house work, accompany you and your baby to medical appointments, run errands for you or I can simply look after the baby so you can catch up on some much needed sleep.
If this sounds like the type of support you would like, or if you have any questions, I would love to hear from you.