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I am Nicola from Doula of Belfast. As a doula, I love finding ways to support a woman and her partner unpack perinatal options and draw up a desired birth plan with alternatives. Sometimes births don't go to plan and require adapting to changing circumstances. It would be an honour to see you settle in with your newborn, supporting you with breastfeeding (if you choose that route), and helping you transition into your fourth trimester. Whether I'm your labour or postnatal doula, I will leave my judgement at the door, and enter a relationship of love, openness and encouragement with you, willing to serve you as best as I can.


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If it's your first pregnancy or your fifth, I can be there for you. Helping you acheive the most amazing, special and positive birth experience is not only possible, but highly probable too.

"Women remember their first childbirths so vividly, accurately and poignantly for at least 15-20 years. The long term satisfaction of these women was associated much more with
how they recall being treated by their caregivers than whether their births were easy, difficult or complicated."
Penny Simkin (Midwifery Today)

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AboutAuthor Nicola Jayne

Hiya! I'm Nicola and it's wonderful to welcome you here.

If you are pregnant and unsure of what's ahead for you, first of all, CONGRATULATIONS! Secondly, you've come to the right place. I can help you along the way.

​Falling pregnant and becoming a mom was probably the most life changing experience of my life. I loved watching my body change and feeling life grow and move within me. I gained a deeper understanding of what it means to be fearfully and wonderfully made.

I had three amazing waterbirths some years ago now and I am still in awe of what my body achieved. Many women don't know what options are available to them. That's where I can come in to discuss what choices are available to you, and you get to decide what is best for you and your baby! Often times we need someone to shine a light onto our path as we just don't know what we don't know. Think of me as your fairy godmother to lighten the burden of overwhelm, fear and uncertainty, holding you with without judgement, but with love, care, support and encouragement.

Birth can be gentle, supportive, overwhelmingly positive and empowering. It is my goal and purpose to help you experience this and carry it through into the postnatal period where I can be the hands to serve you, helping you adjust to your new bundle of joy.

If you would like to find out more, contact me for an appointment. I'd love to meet you over coffee or on Zoom.

I am looking forward to meeting you.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some commonly asked questions I've had about my services. If you have any others, please
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contact me and I will get back to you.

What Is a Doula?
Does a Doula Replace my Partner?
Are you like a midwife?
Does a Doula only assist in labour?
Will a Doula be with me for my entire labour and delivery?
Is There any Evidence to Support Hiring a Doula?
​Does One Doula Suit Everyone?
Would I Need A Doula If I'm Having a Medicated or Caesarean Birth?

What is a Doula?

"Doula" is a Greek word meaning "servant woman". A doula is a non-medical person who complements your support and medical team, bringing physical, emotional and informational support to you. She ensures you are empowered to choose what you feel most comfortable with so you can feel confident and comfortable to have the birth experience you desire. Her services can extend into the "fourth" trimester helping you settle into your new role as a parent. She can assist in household chores, grocery shopping, keep you well nourished and hydrated, and able to signpost you onto any specialists if needed.

​Does a Doula Replace my Partner?

​Absolutely not!!!

The love and connection between you and your partner can never be replaced by a doula. She can actually enhance the role of the partner. The combined assistance of the doula and partner; as well as the competent medical team, gives you the best chance of an optimal birth outcome.​

Are you like a midwife?

Midwives are medically trained healthcare providers. Their main focus is the health and safety of mum and baby. Doulas are not medically trained, but have an in-depth knowledge of pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal care. They offer continuity of care throughout you perinatal journey, offering encouragement, evidence-base knowledge and support for the mother and her wishes.

Does a Doula only assist in labour?

Depending on her training, you can receive prenatal support, labour and birth support, postnatal support, as well as childbirth training.

Will a Doula be with me for my entire labour and delivery?

​Depending on the terms agreed on, she can be by your side from early, active labour and support you until your baby is born. When you, your partner and baby are well settled, she will take her leave, making plans to visit in the next few weeks.

Is There any Evidence to Support Hiring a Doula?

​"The mothers who had the support of a doula were more likely to feel that they coped well with labour and to feel childbirth had a positive effect on their feelings as a woman and on their physical strength and performance."
Gordon et al., 1998

"36% reduction in use of pain medication
51% reduction in c-section
71% reduction in use of oxytocin
57% reduction in forcep delivery
An average of 1hr38min shorter labour"
American Journal of obstetrics and gynaecology 180 No5 (1999):1054-1059

​Does One Doula Suit Everyone?

​No, not in my opinion. Each doula has a unique style. If you're considering a doula, look around and meet a couple before you commit. You need to like and trust your doula, knowing she gets you and values your thoughts and ideas. As the client you shouldn't need to adjust to your doula, she needs to adjust to you and your needs.

Would I Need A Doula If I'm Having a Medicated or Caesarean Birth?

​I would say a doula is of great value in these circumstances. Anxiety levels are high, so the doula can re-assure you and your partner of procedures and expected outcomes. This brings about peace and assured calmness. She can inform and assist you with any side effects of medication; she can give creative comfort measures when there is limited movement, and she can suggest alternatives in the operating room, eg skin to skin as soon as possible.
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Labour and Birthing Care

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I think Hollywood has done childbirth a tremendous disservice. They have painted labour as something to fear, some uncontrollable force taking over your body where you may die, or kill the person responsible for putting you in this predicament. I get it. Showing undramatic labour scenes wouldn't help make a box office hit! But the skewed distortion actually programmes the subconcious mind to fear childbirth, and that just isn't helpful for those who are pregnant.

Being a birth and labour doula, allows me to spend quite a lot of 1 to 1 time with you to discuss your questions, concerns, fears and options. We will talk about lots of different things like how to utilize birth hormones over stress hormones, what to expect during labour, how to manage your labour and how to prepare for life after baby.

At the hospital, MLU or your home, I will be on hand to help you with pain management, encourage you with techniques and support the decisions you and your partner choose. It will be an honour and privilege to work with you and see you achieve a beautifully satisfying birth experience, no matter the course your labour takes.
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Postnatal Care

The Fourth Trimester

"Birth isn't just delivering a baby, it's making a mother ~ sacrificing, strong, capable, patient, yielding and long suffering"

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We as a society, often forget that during the postnatal period the new mum needs to heal and bond with baby. She needs to take time to establish a good breastfeeding partnership if she has chosen to breastfeed. This is where I can be of help and assistance, supporting you in your transition, caring for you and your needs so you can focus on on the needs of yourself and your baby. Maybe it's getting laundry washed and ironed. Perhaps you need to catch up on some uninterrupted sleep. What about a warm, comforting soup, and a nutritious meal prepared for supper ... and the kitchen is clean and tidy! Think of me as an extension of your hands, heart and time.

Although I am there mainly for the mum, I really provide support to all members of the family, ensuring everyone settles and transition well.

If the mother is cared for and helped with daily tasks, her questions answered, and concerns addressed, then she is calm, rested and empowered. This will greatly reduce her chances of baby blues or postnatal depression, and her transitioning will be manageable, giving her strength and confidence in her parenting decisions and choices.

I offer breastfeeding support to help you and your newborn become familiar with each other. I can give you suggestions for troubles you may encounter along the way, or, I will be able to signpost you on if further help is needed.

I also offer Bengkung Bellybinding which is a Malaysian technique of wrapping the hips and abdomen to support and assist in the healing and re-aligning of the abdominal muscles and organs. I have hand-dyed binds which can be worn within a few days of birth for up to six weeks as the body adjusts to its non-pregnant state again.
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Packages

Contact me today for your complimentary consultation. Come and have a coffee (or tea) with me, virtually or in person - and let's chat about your pregnancy!

Please don't let finances hold you back from hiring my services. I'm open to negotiating a payment plan, or reciprocating services.

If you would like to contribute towards sponsoring my services to support someone in difficult circumstances, donations will be greatly appreciated.


Birth Packages
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Apple Blossom
Last-minute/Emergency
£250

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Cherry Blossom
4 hour antenatal preparation session
Unlimited email/text support from signing of contract
On call from 38 weeks
1 postnatal catch-up visit
£500

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Orange Blossom
As above with:
20 hour postnatal services (eg 5 x 4-hour sessions)
£1,000

Postnatal Packages
Services include (but not limited to):
Feeding support, sibling care, light housework, meal preparation, grocery shopping,
and a safe space for discussing birthing and parenting, signposting, email and text support
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Daisy
12 hour (eg 3 x 4-hour)
£350

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Rose
20 hours
£500

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Orchid
30 hours
£700

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Peonie
64 hours - Comprehensive postnatal package
This is the suggested breakdown, but it can be tailored to specific needs:
Week 1: 6 hours per day for 4 days
Week 2: 4 hours per day for 4 days
Week 3: 4 hours per day for 3 days
Week 4: 4 hours per day for 2 days
Week 5: 4 hours for 1 day
£1,280

Additional hours available at £25/hour
Belly Binding
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I offer Bengkung Bellybinding. This is an ancient Malaysian tradition where the mother is bound in a long strip of muslin fabric from her hips to her ribcage. This wrapping supports the abdomen and internal organs as they return to their original position. The spine is supported helping to re-align posure and relieve any lower back ache. With the binding, healing is increased by reducing excess fat, water and air in the tissues, with abdominal muscles and ligaments being stabilized and bought back into alignment.
£75 for a hand-dyed bellybind and 1 wrapping

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Resources

I am delighted to be able to offer you the following free resources, from my heart to yours.

Click for birth affirmations:


Click for Postnatal Pantry:


I have also created a handbook for your birth partner that you can purchase - "I've got their back, so they've got yours". Click to preview:

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Blog
Apr-30
Most pregnant women would like to try a ‘natural’ birth. But the level of early inductions and unnecessary interventions increase the chance of a caesarean birth.
Let’s look at what you can do to reduce the chance of a c-section.

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