What I am 'do-ulaing' right now

People often ask, "What does a doula do?" So here are just some of the things I am currently doing in my role as a doula.

Updated April 2022

Definition and description

Doula (doo-lah) noun

"A doula is a trained companion who is not a healthcare professional and who emotionally, practically and informatively supports another person through a significant health-related experience, such as pregnancy, childbirth, early parenting, miscarriage, induced abortion or stillbirth, or non-reproductive experiences such as dying."

Working to make positive change in the pregnancy, birth and early parenting world.

Birth World Work

  • I am pleased to announce that I am now a member of the Birthrights charity team. Birthrights is a UK charity that champions respectful care during pregnancy and childbirth by protecting human rights. I am working as the advice service co-ordinator which allows me to further support people on their parenting journeys by offering legal advice on their rights during birth and also after. Check out Birthrights and what they do.

  • I am currently working on a top secret research project that will hopefully change the face of the hospital birthing experience. More will be shared when I can

  • This year I have plans to be able to offer more of my services, expertise and passions with more people, including working with a very important organisation who are having a huge impact on improving maternity services for many people...keep your eyes peeled for more info.

Here are some of the amazing clients I am currently working with...

Supporting People

Even when I take time out to care for myself, I continue to support my clients wholeheartedly on their journeys

  • Last month I was able to support a wonderful family as they welcomed their second baby into the world. Their birth experience this time round was very different from mamas first and it was important to her that this experience offered healing from her previous journey. Although things changed during her labour, she was able to make informed decisions about the choices she had and I am grateful to have been able to support her and her husband to have an experience that felt like theirs. He has kindly shared his experience of doula support on his blog; The Mountain Pathway.

  • I am back on call for a new family who are due to welcome their baby any moment now. Their path to birth has changed but they have been able to make informed decisions about the direction they wanted the birth of their baby to go. I am currently eating, napping and organising my own life so I am ready to join them as soon as they need me.

  • I am really excited that I got to 'bust a myth' about doulas this month. The myth that we do not support Caesarean birth. This is very far from the truth and I have shared my thoughts on this with Sophie Brigstock at Nurturing birth on The Nurturing Birth Podcast.

My life in a snapshot

Me, Myself and I

As well as being a doula and photographer, I am a woman, single mama and lover of life

  • What a month it has been. I have taken an emotional and mental break from social media and it has felt great to step out of the space for a couple of weeks. I love sharing what I do and who I am on the platform but sometimes I notice it triggers my insecurities, so I am glad to have been able to take a break and reset my boundaries. It is my favourite space to learn about and meet other people but sometimes the balance tips. I use this space as a creative outlet so I am looking forward to sharing more of my creative side going forward on my updated photography page; lorraine.pryce.photography

  • It is Easter half term and we have been doing lots of things including a rave at Boomchikkaboom. We haven't been since my daughter was a much younger and it was so good to be back!