Melissa is a postnatal Doula who primarily works in Wimbledon, Earlsfield and Southfields but also covers SW13, SW14, SW15, SW18, SW19, SW20. Please contact her to confirm your postcode.
Congratulations on your pregnancy or new baby!
I really enjoy offering practical and emotional support to new mums in my area who don’t have family nearby to help.
Having experienced a serious lack of sleep when my kids were little, I know what a relief it is when someone cooks you a meal, looks after your baby while you have time out, keeps you company (while doing useful things around the house) and listens to you in a non-judgmental way. I aim to leave you feeling more rested, calm and well-fed than when I arrived!
Although I’m not medically trained and can’t give you specific advice, I’m always happy to chat through different approaches that I’ve encountered. With a postnatal doula, mums very much stay in charge and we support them. If you’re looking for more direction with what “to do” then do check out maternity nurses or private midwives.
I have experience of working with twins and older siblings. I’m flexible about dates and times and I don’t charge for cancellations. I’m happy to take either a booking based around your due date or to start straight away if you’ve already had your baby. I’ve worked with many different nationalities and have catered for vegetarians, gluten/dairy free etc.
I have two children myself – a son born in a London hospital in 2009 and a daughter born at home in 2011. Before them I worked as a solicitor in the City. In my spare time I love reading about nutrition and natural health and doing any sort of exercise outdoors. I’m DBS checked for teaching Sunday school at my church.
Postnatal doulas “support you at home after the child is born – ‘mothering the mother’ – to help you as you start life with your new baby.”
£20 per hour
"Melissa's gentle nature has been a source of relaxation and support for both me and my baby. She has been so kind and considerate, incredibly generous with her time, accommodating and flexible."
TL, first time mum of a baby
"Melissa offered me huge amounts of support. I had no idea if what I was doing was correct but her encouragement and providing me with options without over-bearing advice was exactly what I needed. My husband looked forward to the days she had been as I was more relaxed, happy and he had good food for dinner!"
LC, first time mum of twins
"I really noticed the difference between how I coped this time and how I coped without help after my first baby. Melissa is brilliant at what she does. She is very positive, easy going and caring and a she is a great listener."
CH, mum of a toddler and a new baby