What is a Doula?

Doulas support women and families in all kinds of situations, who have different kinds of births and make a wide range of parenting choices. The services offered by a doula vary greatly according to the needs of the women, couple or family that she is working with.

Birth Doulas

Birth doulas support women and families who are planning all kinds of birth, from planned caesarean birth or early epidural to home water birth.

Postnatal Doulas

Postnatal doulas typically start working with with a family in the first few months after birth, but some doulas do work with families with older babies too. Sometimes postnatal doulas are booked antenatally, sometimes only when a family find they are struggling or feel the need for more support. The length of time a postnatal doula spends with a family varies enormously from the initial 6-8 weeks, to years!

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Here to help you with any questions you may have during pregnancy, labour and postnatal.

About Doulas

Doulas provide continuous support for the whole family through pregnancy, birth and the early days of parenthood. Filling a role that new mothers and families have always needed, we are there to listen, give confidence and not judge. Offering flexible, practical and emotional support we work in women’s own homes as well as in hospitals throughout the UK.

Doulas are usually experienced women who have completed some basic training. We do not offer clinical skills and are not medically trained.


Meet Me, Helen

A mum of two who is looking forward to supporting you through your journey in parenthood.

Helen Fortes


I am a newly qualified & mentored Doula registered with Doula UK.
I am passionate about supporting the whole family through their journey and am keen to encourage a positive experience of the pregnancy, birth and early weeks with a new baby.


See what my clients have said about me...


Mum of three

"Helen has been an invaluable source of support and information since the first time we met. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a kind, empathetic and knowledgeable person to be on the other end of a phone call or message. I can’t thank her enough for being there for me during this unprecedented time; I don’t think I would have felt as confident without her support."

Get in Touch

Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about how I can help you through your pregnancy, birth and the baby stage.

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Bury St Edmunds

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Helen Fortes
07729 817250

Mon - Fri, 8:00-20:00

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