The Nest provides the following services

Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding support in your home to help unknit previous experiences, think about your preferences, explore your options around feeding your baby and establish a trusting relationship with someone, who can offer you consistent support once your baby is earthside.

Emergency help with breastfeeding difficulties; help with feeding following a traumatic birth; tongue tie assessment and referral for division if required; support post tongue tie division; supply issues; pressure from other to do things differently; feeding multiples; surrogacy; and much more..

An opportunity to debrief and understand previous breastfeeding experiences or simply explore your options for your first baby. Kind, calm, skilled support to help you prepare to get things off to a great start.
Doula Services

With an initial meeting to discuss your specific requirements and what The Nest can offer and to ensure that Alexis is the right doula for you. This comprehensive personalised package of support that also includes the provision of highly skilled breastfeeding support should you need it, includes the following

• Alexis will visit you twice antenatally (2 x 1 hour sessions); providing the opportunity to meet and talk through your birth & feeding preferences, discuss any concerns you might have, explore relaxation and optimum positions for labour and birth. A chance for you to explore how you might want Alexis to support you as you birth your baby, discuss the ways in which partners can support women in labour and consider what sort of support you might like once your baby is earthside. 

• Becky, our chartered physiotherapist and qualified aromatherapist, will also visit you once before your baby is born. She will offer you a personalised pregnancy massage of your choice to help you relax as you begin to prepare to meet your new baby. 

• Alexis will then be on call for you, usually from 38 weeks (unless we know your baby will be coming early). She will attend you during labour and birth and offer gentle, non-clinical, person centered support, both emotionally and practically. 

• Alexis will remain with you until your baby is born and will stay for up to two hours after that if needed. 

• As your doula and an experienced breastfeeding counsellor, Alexis will visit you once postnatally (1 x 2 hour session) to support you with establishing breastfeeding (or bottle feeding if this is how you have chosen to feed your baby) and offer practical and emotional support as you find your way with your new baby at home. 

• Further support available if required. 
Hypnobirthing and Antenatal Courses

The Nest run popular, fully comprehensive antenatal courses to leave you feeling empowered, confident and looking forward to the birth of your baby.
These 5 week courses help you to grow in confidence by providing the opportunity to explore your worries and concerns and to gain knowledge and information to help you make the right decisions for your birth. You will learn techniques to help you have a calm and comfortable birth and make friends along the way with other expectant mothers. You will also build a relationship of unconditional support with Alexis; an experienced facilitator, breastfeeding counsellor, birth doula and Hypnobirthing teacher and cover the following 

– labour, birth & the postnatal period
– complete Hypnobirthing training
– comfort strategies /pain relief
– deep relaxation & breathing tools
– induction of labour, due dates
– cesarean births
– back to back & breach babies
– optimising your experience within the maternity system
– immediate hours after birth
– highly informative breastfeeding session

You will receive a course material folder & mp3s to support your practice at home as well as a discount voucher to use against any Nest services.
Professional Development Courses

The Nest also regularly host events and study days designed specifically for those who work with women and their families in the pregnancy, birth and postnatal periods.

For more information or to contact Alexis at The Nest go to the website at thenest.support
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