Birth Doula Services

What makes my birth doula service different from other doulas?

1. Experience: I have 15 years experience of birth mentoring and working as a doula in Ireland. I have worked with over 75 couples and have attended births at all of the Dublin maternity hospitals and also many home births

2. Evidence: I am a researcher by training and am an expert on maternity care policies in Ireland having worked on the formulation of national policies and strategies including in the Oireachtas, at HIQA and at the Department of Health and Children. I regularly lecture in TCD and UCD to midwifery students and also to Masters Courses in Midwifery. I make regular presentations at national and international birth conferences on maternity care policy and research in Ireland. I Chair the National Service User Advocacy Forum that advise the HSE on what women girls and pregnant people need in our Maternity Services.

3. Antenatal preparation: I am a trained certified accredited antenatal teacher and have been working with couples since 2003

4. Breastfeeding: I have been a breastfeeding counsellor for 12 years and have supported many thousands of families in their breastfeeding journey. I am a frequent public speaker on breastfeeding both in the media and at conferences. I sit on the breastfeeding committee in the National Maternity Hospital and I am also an adviser on to the National Breastfeeding Coordinator on what all mothers need post partum; whether breastfeeding or not.

5. Complimentary medicine: I am a licensed registered homeopath and offer immediate homeopathic care and all remedies during your labour and afterwards

6. Photography: I offer a birth photography service

7. Placenta Encapsulation: I am an accredited placenta encapsulator with the Irish Placenta Association since 2014 and offer a wide range of placenta remedies.

Different doula packages

Why do I have different packages? Well different people are looking for different things! A lot of my clients are actually second or third time parents who know what they are entering into within the Irish maternity services and they really value having someone with a lot of experience with them. They may have already taken a lot of antenatal classes and so do not need as much antenatal preparation as a first time parent would. By contrast, some mothers know that they want a lot of antenatal support and others know that they will need a lot of  postnatal support after their baby is born. In order to try and meet all these different needs I have designed four packages; the basic doula package with two antenatal and one postnatal sessions, a standard doula package which focuses more on antenatal education and another which focuses more on postnatal care after the baby is born and finally a deluxe package which offers both extensive antenatal education and support and also extensive postnatal support. Hopefully you will find something to suit your needs.

1. Basic  Birth Doula Package : Krysia Lynch

Particularly suited to second time mothers, who have already experienced labour and the postpartum, but available to all mothers

  • A free consultation in person or on the phone to decide whether I am a good match for you and your partner
  • Two  antenatal visits in your own home to discuss your needs in labour and to help you make a birth preference plan should you want one. Including birth preparation techniques suitable for you and your partner. These sessions take place between 32 and 38 weeks depending on what suits you and your availability and time of booking
  • Phone text and email support at your request from the time of booking until 6 weeks after your baby is born
  • On-call service from 2 weeks before your ‘due date’ until the birth of your baby even if you go beyond 42 weeks gestation
  • Daily contact by text email or phone from 38 weeks until your baby is born
  • Continuous care and support for you and your partner throughout your entire labour and birth, at home and/or hospital
  • Attendance at your home during early labour
  • Attendance in hospital during established labour
  • Support and physical and emotional comfort measures during  labour such as visualisation, affirmation, massage, movement position changes, relaxation reminders and hydrotherapy
  • Full homeopathic service during labour; all remedies provided.
  • Photography or filming of aspects of the  labour and birth as discussed with you including all images taken
  • Immediate postpartum care and breastfeeding assistance from birth until you are ready for me to leave
  • One postpartum follow-up visit at a time of your own choosing to talk about the birth, identify any issues, give a list of further referrals and say goodbye! Some mothers prefer to use this visit for breastfeeding support in their home within a few days of their baby’s birth

The charge for this service is €1,000, of which a non-refundable deposit of €200 is due at booking. €400 is due at 20 weeks from your due date and €400 is due at 10 weeks from your due date. Any remaining balance is due at the first antenatal visit. The full balance must be cleared by 36  weeks.

NOTE: €50 of the deposit  is used to ensure that a second back up doula is also available for your dates at booking .

ADD €185 FOR PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION

2. Standard  Birth Doula Package A : Krysia Lynch

Particularly suited to mothers who are planning a VBAC or first time mothers who have good familial support in place for after the baby is born.

  • A free consultation in person or on the phone to decide whether I am a good match for you and your partner
  • Two  antenatal visits in your own home to discuss your needs in labour and to help you make a birth preference plan should you want one and help you and your partner if you have one, prepare for this birth.
  • A further two antenatal sessions in your home of up to three hours each that focus on physical preparation, emotional preparation, mental preparation and energetic preparation for birth. Details here
  • Phone text and email support from the time of booking until 6 weeks after your baby is born
  • On-call service from 2 weeks before your ‘due date’ until the birth of your baby
  • Daily contact by text email or phone from 38 weeks until your baby is born
  • Continuous care and support for you and your partner throughout your entire labour and birth, at home and/or hospital
  • Attendance at your home during early labour
  • Attendance in hospital during established labour
  • Support and physical and emotional comfort measures during  labour such as visualisation, affirmation, massage, movement position changes, relaxation reminders and hydrotherapy
  • Full homeopathic service during labour; all remedies provided.
  • Photography or filming of aspects of the  labour and birth as discussed with you
  • Immediate postpartum care and breastfeeding assistance from birth until you are ready for me to leave
  • Two postpartum follow-up visits in your home after your baby is born to support you as a new parent and also as a person having just given birth.

The charge for this service is €1,350, of which a non-refundable deposit of €200 is due at booking. €500 is due at 20 weeks from your due date and €500 is due at 10 weeks from your due date. The remaining balance is due at the first antenatal visit. The full balance must be cleared by 36  weeks.

NOTE: €50 of the deposit is used to ensure that a second back up doula is also available for your dates at booking .

ADD €185 FOR PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION

3. Standard  Birth Doula Package B: Krysia Lynch

Particularly suited to mothers who need support after the baby is born or for mothers who know they may be  having a c section.

  • A free consultation in person or on the phone to decide whether I am a good match for you and your partner
  • Two  antenatal visits in your own home to discuss your needs in labour and to help you make a birth preference plan should you want one and help you and your partner if you have one, prepare for this birth.
  • Phone text and email support from the time of booking until 6 weeks after your baby is born
  • On-call service from 2 weeks before your ‘due date’ until the birth of your baby
  • Daily contact by text email or phone from 38 weeks until your baby is born
  • Continuous care and support for you and your partner throughout your entire labour and birth, at home and/or hospital
  • Attendance at your home during early labour
  • Attendance in hospital during established labour
  • Support and physical and emotional comfort measures during  labour such as visualisation, affirmation, massage, movement position changes, relaxation reminders and hydrotherapy
  • Full homeopathic service during labour; all remedies provided.
  • Photography or filming of aspects of the  labour and birth as discussed with you
  • Immediate postpartum care and breastfeeding assistance from birth until you are ready for me to leave
  • Full postnatal doula service consisting of 5 postpartum follow-up visits in your home covering all your early parenting questions. Full breastfeeding support provided as well as support on sleeping and self care for you as a new mother having just given birth. Details here

The charge for this service is €1,400, of which a non-refundable deposit of €200 is due at booking. €500 is due at 20 weeks from your due date and €500 is due at 10 weeks from your due date. The remaining balance is due at the first antenatal visit. The full balance must be cleared by 36  weeks.

NOTE: €50 of the deposit is used to ensure that a second back up doula is also available for your dates at booking .

ADD €185 FOR PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION

4. Deluxe  Birth Doula Package : Krysia Lynch

Particularly suitable for first time mothers but available to all mothers

  • A free consultation in person or on the phone to decide whether I am a good match for you and your partner
  • Two  antenatal visits in your own home to discuss your needs in labour and to help you make a birth preference plan should you want one and help you and your partner if you have one, prepare for this birth.
  • A further two antenatal sessions in your home of up to three hours each that focus on physical preparation, emotional preparation, mental preparation and energetic preparation for birthDetails here
  • Phone text and email support from the time of booking until 6 weeks after your baby is born
  • On-call service from 2 weeks before your ‘due date’ until the birth of your baby
  • Daily contact by text email or phone from 38 weeks until your baby is born
  • Continuous care and support for you and your partner throughout your entire labour and birth, at home and/or hospital
  • Attendance at your home during early labour
  • Attendance in hospital during established labour
  • Support and physical and emotional comfort measures during  labour such as visualisation, affirmation, massage, movement position changes, relaxation reminders and hydrotherapy
  • Full homeopathic service during labour; all remedies provided.
  • Photography or filming of aspects of the  labour and birth as discussed with you
  • Immediate postpartum care and breastfeeding assistance from birth until you are ready for me to leave
  • Full postnatal doula service consisting of 5 postpartum follow-up visits in your home covering all your early parenting questions. Full breastfeeding support provided as well as support on sleeping and self care for you as a new mother having just given birth. Details here

The charge for this service is €1,700, of which a non-refundable deposit of €200 is due at booking. €800 is due at 20 weeks from your due date and €800 is due at 10 weeks from your due date. The remaining balance is due at the first antenatal visit. The full balance must be cleared by 36  weeks.

NOTE: €50 of the deposit is used to ensure that a second back up doula is also available for your dates at booking .

ADD €185 FOR PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION

Transport costs apply for each postnatal and antenatal visit.

Emergency Birth Doula Care : Krysia Lynch

If you suddenly find yourself without a birth partner or needing a doula at short notice I offer an emergency doula service. Please note this is an emergency service for people in unforeseen and unexpeceted circumstances, it is not a pre bookable service. Please contact me on 0877543751 and I will try to assist you as best I can.

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