Sophy Yildirim a Doula based in Portsmouth and Southsea "Doulas support in pregnancy, birth and in the postnatal period by providing information, advocacy, and offering practical and emotional support to the whole family."

There is good evidence that doula support improves the experience and birthing outcomes for both the woman or birthing person and the baby.

Doulas do not advise but provide informational support to enable you to make informed decisions about your maternity care. Doulas support different kinds of births and different parenting choices. They do not take a clinical role but work alongside midwives and doctors.

Birth doulas provide continuous support through pregnancy, labour and birth and the immediate postnatal time. Postnatal doulas provide flexible practical and emotional support postnatally for families in their own homes. Some doulas work as both birth and postnatal doulas, while others work only as birth doulas or postnatal doulas. This summary of doulas is from Doula UK, Doula UK directory of doulas enables you to contact a few doulas in your area. Doulas usually meet with potential clients before being booked.

There are various directories of doulas, not only Doula UK, it's a good idea to compliment any internet searches with asking around for recommendations in your local community and on social media. It's important to find the doula that’s right for you. There are number fantastic of doulas working within the Portsmouth area of Hampshire. Sophy Yildirim is a full spectrum birth and postnatal doula based in Southsea; she attends clients within a 1.5 hr travel radius. Sophy offers a range of services from antenatal birth and feeding planning, to birth debriefs and lactation support postnatally, as well as, labour and birth support. It is well worth investigating her offerings and getting in touch with Sophy if you have any questions about how she can support you. Doula Sophy.

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