April is a postnatal Doula who works across SE and SW London postcodes as well as Surrey.
My name is April and I am a mum to two gorgeous boys. I have been working as a postnatal doula since 2014. I decided then to focus on the postnatal space, the part when your baby comes home, and the fun can really start. With my first son, Max, I got home from the hospital and thought “what now?”. I wasn’t sure what to do next.
I have been working with lots of gorgeous families who were after help for different reasons; looking for reassurance, chatting through ideas & emotions, feeling overwhelmed or reluctant to ask for help but knew something had to happen. Sometimes they had no support they could call on, or a partner who works long hours and they were after a second pair of hands.
Reasons for asking for Doula support are varied and often change as you go along. How we feel on week one can be hugely different to week 10.
The help I offer comes with no judgement. I am here to support YOUR choices. This helps support new babies coming into the world. My help gently reminds you that this is your journey and an encouragement to tune into your instincts – sometimes this gets lost in the books, haze and tiredness. At the end of my support, you will be feeling confident in your choices. Often this means going through a range of emotions, however you are fully supported until you feel you have turned your corner whether you are a first-time mum or becoming mum again.
New mum package - 24hr support and unlimited message support
A package that focuses on new mums in those early days of motherhood.
I provide 24hrs of support which can cover baby care, infant feeding preferences, letting you rest and recover, strengthening your wellbeing, help with the house and siblings, food prep and chatting through baby norms & ideas.
Support is personalised and changes with you. The help supports your mothering choices.
Most mums usually choose 3-4hrs of support per day. All 24hrs must be taken within 3 months of the start date.
One to One Postnatal (virtual) Session
Postnatal care is hit & miss at the best of times. Add a pandemic to the mix and you have women that are not having their needs met and who are already feeling overwhelmed, confused, isolated and full of uncertainty.
This was one of the main reasons I put this particular package together; to offer you personalised care and support at a time when it's needed the most.
The sessions can cover :
- Sleep questions
- Feeding issues inc assessments & demos
- Understanding baby norms
- Fourth trimester
- Focus on you
- Emotional back-up inc mental health support
- Postnatal body
- Continuity of care
- Bags of reassurance
Initial Session (fact-finding) - £99 / Subsequent calls - £30
In-home postnatal doula support
The support covers emotional back-up whether that is working through a challenging birth experience or being a sounding board. More hands-on would be help with the baby. Giving you space and time to rest and recover. Trips out. Help round the house, Mini projects. Making sure mum is looked after – there is a saying that you can’t pour from an empty cup. This saying could not be truer of the postnatal period
4 hour session £80. 5 hour session £100
"Amazing. An incredibly emotionally and practical support during a challenging time".
CM, mum of 2.
"As a first-time mum I was a little shell shocked about my birth experience and I struggled with my newborn during the early weeks, April provided a good listening ear and she gave me suggestions and advice on several things".
NP, mum of 1
April was very friendly, caring and empathetic. In the early days when I was unwell she gave me the space I needed and was very caring. She was also very knowledgeable about my illness and researched lots of resources for me”
LD, mum of 1