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Founded in 2011 by Michelle Bromley-Hesketh following own experiences as a mum with perinatal mental illness. Snowdrop Doula Community Interest Company in Lancashire provides antenatal, birth and postnatal support in Lancashire and now with Doulas and counsellors across the UK. Working from various hubs across the UK, with headquarters in Burnley we provide continuous one to one and group support for families throughout the pregnancy and postnatal period. This includes birth trauma and post natal counselling, antenatal classes, and birthing pool hire. We work with other local services and organisations as and when needed and wanted.

Providing funded Doulas, antenatal, postnatal, breastfeeding support and specialist counselling across the UK. Our services in Burnley, Blackburn, Pendle and surrounding areas have won many awards over the years.

Across the UK we can offer a pay as you can approach, we have various branches popping up with various bits of funding for doula support.

A doula is a trained professional who provides personalised one on one support to women during pregnancy, birth, and the postnatal phase. Our funded doula service provides practical and emotional support, which helps improve outcomes for mothers, babies and families across Lancashire. By working with a trained doula, you will be supported by the same person, who will be available for you to ask questions, discuss concerns, be present during the birth if you wish, and offer assistance as you establish new routines with your baby, as you transition into parenthood.

What do our doulas do?

Our Doula training is accredited by NCFE/ CACHE as a Level 3 Award in Perinatal peer support so you know our Doulas have quality training, mentoring and supervision to be able to bring the best support possible and you can be assured that your Doula is there to support you and is competent.

We are trailblazers in providing this model of support and our staff are paid via us giving funded Doula support at point of contact. Our service has been proven to improve birth outcomes, improve feeding experiences and improve postnatal and antenatal wellbeing. You can find our evidence report here.

We employ and train our Doulas and antenatal and postnatal counsellors to support lots of families, with varying needs. Our doulas and counsellors are highly trained in birth, infant development, counselling skills and are supportive of individual choices. We are here to support and empower you in your journey. We offer various training course in perinatal mental health including birth trauma, plus other courses in infant feeding and antenatal class teacher.

Our antenatal classes take place online and in person in Burnley, Blackburn, Darwen and the surrounding areas. They are safe spaces for women and their partners to prepare for the birth process, and life with a newborn. Antenatal classes teach you about your body during labour and birth, pain management, relaxation, and how to create a birth plan. Our antenatal classes and courses also provide information on the newborn phase – how to look after yourself and your baby, covering practical, emotional and relational topics, such as feeding and bathing, and the transition to parenthood for mothers and partners.

Having a baby is one of the biggest events in a woman’s life and can be emotionally challenging in many ways. Our team of counsellors and psychotherapists specialise in perinatal mental health, with specific training and experience in helping new mothers adjust to parenthood. We offer counselling before pregnancy, antenatal and Postnatal counselling can help with issues such as Tokophobia (fear of birth) postnatal depression, anxiety, baby loss, and birth trauma. Our counselling services are available on a sliding scale of payment and have short waiting lists.

If you would like to set up a antenatal and postnatal doula support branch in your area, please get in contact as we have varying options for training and support. We have also relaunched our Birthworkers Network.

We offer fully accredited training courses for those interested in becoming a doula, mental health, breastfeeding, or peer support worker. All doula training courses are written and curated by our knowledgeable staff and can be completed at your own pace. Find out more about doula training and other birth worker courses here.

Snowdrops are a symbol of new life and new beginnings. They are the first flower to blossom in the year and are a symbol of hope and new life. Pregnancy and parenthood is full of hope and wonder and birth is the start of a new life for all. Just as the snowdrop brings hope and beauty, Snowdrop Doula CIC aims to aid the same into your pregnancy, birth and beyond.

Our mission.

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Our passion lies in supporting and empowering women and families throughout pregnancy and beyond in whatever choices they decide. We believe all women should be able to make a fully informed choice and have a positive experience in birth and postnatal care. This should ease your transition into parenthood by providing tailored and specialist support including trained Doulas and postnatal counsellors.

Snowdrop Doula is a Community Interest Company in Lancashire which enables us to provide more services to families in the UK. We have funding to provide discounted and free Doula services to many families in Blackburn, Burnley and also across the UK. This service can include one to one antenatal classes/support, birth support and/or postnatal support. This is entirely flexible. (eg. if you do not wish another person in your birth space then we respect that wholly).

We also now sell maternity clothing and other goods, such as cloth nappies, slings and books online and in our Burnley, Accrington and Darwen shops which helps us raise funds for the support work that we do.

Our funded Doula and Counselling services cover East Lancashire From Burnley, Blackburn, Colne, Darwen, Clitheroe, Accrington, Whalley, Rawtenstall, Nelson. We also now have varying funded options in Wigan, Lancaster, Preston, Morecambe, South Wales, Essex and close areas. We can also cover other areas of Lancashire, West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire, Merseyside, Manchester and areas in the South of England and Scotland soon. Plus free remote Doulas across all of the UK. If you’d like to support others then please contact us.

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