Birth Doula • Postnatal Doula • Online and In Person Hypnobirthing for Twins • Maternal Journal • Twin Mama • Lover of kitchen dancing, tea and biscuits, sunshine • The Calm in the Room
The area I cover
An hours drive from Bath city centre.
Getting in touch
Drop me an email and we can have a chat about how I can support you and your family.
More about me
Hello, My name is Michelle and I live in Bath, with my husband and ten year old twins.
Having previously worked in the care sector, for the NHS, The Priory and schools in London, Cornwall and Somerset, I know that working one to one with people is what I do best and have always enjoyed, getting to know each other, building a relationship of recognition, unity and trust.
My doula philosophy is to be the calm in the room and to hold an open and supported space for people, so they can explore the intricacies of their parenting journey, along with their families.
Birth Doula Antenatally, we will have the opportunity to talk over your fears and hopes, think through your birth preferences/plan by exploring the birth process, as well as getting to know and understand each other, as people and birth are all unique. I will provide evidence based information and ensure you know and understand the choices available to you. We can explore the tools of hypnobirthing, birth art and affirmations too if you are interested. My most important role during birth is to provide nurturing, continuous support and reassurance. My support covers the RUH, GWH, Chippenham and Frome Birthing Centres, as well as home births in the surrounding areas.
Postnatal Doula Postnatally you will have the opportunity to talk through your concerns, feelings and thoughts about feeding, older siblings, going back to work, sleep. Whilst I ensure you are well nourished and assist with light housework. Whatever your needs may be, all can be supported and it would be my privilege.
Hypnobirthing for twins and more If you are expecting twins or more, congratulations and welcome to the club! As a mother to a wonderful set of twins myself, I understand the excitement and apprehension that comes with finding out you are expecting more than one baby. But even when you are having more than one baby and told you are “high risk” and supposedly have limited options, it is still your body, your birth and your babies. And I want you to know how much you matter, how many choices you have and how you can build up a great tool set to support your through your pregnancy and parenting journey. This can be done through my online live and interactive group hypnobirthing course, which you can join from the comfort of your sofa, dedicated to families expecting twins or more, for those planning vaginal and caesarean births. Hypnobirthing is so much more than breathing. It is birthing with your heart and soul.
Maternal Journal I host Maternal Journal locally in Bath and Corsham. It is a time to gather with other people on their parenting journeys, whether in pregnancy, first few weeks, months or years. It is an open and supportive space to reflect and explore through creativity, a way to record the mundane or the magic. Journaling can really make a positive difference to mental health and well-being. We share experiences, make friendships, have valuable ‘me time’ and take time to actually explore how you are really feeling through creativity. No experience or creativity necessary, it is all about the process. Babes in arms most welcome. All materials provided. Places are funded, so FREE to all participants, but limited to keep the group small, personal, nurturing and socially distanced.
You can read more about me and the services I offer on my website, www.doulashell.co.uk