What is a Doula you might ask ? and why would you consider having one as part of your birth team.
The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" A birth doula, also known as a birth companion is a non medical person trained and experienced in childbirth. A doula provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to women and their partners before, during and after childbirth.
Many parents are faced with the uncertainty of labour. Research has found that women who have one-on-one professional labour support tend to have shorter labours, fewer complications, less need for pain relieving drugs and healthier newborns.
During your pregnancy we can meet as many times as you wish. We will prepare your birth preferences and gather evidence based information to help you make informed decisions. We will get to know each other well and form a trusting relationship and help you and your partner talk through your wishes, fears and plans before the birth of your child and familiarize you with the many options you have in childbirth.
I also believe it is very important for your partner to feel included in this time and we will have a session dedicated to birth preparation, birth skills and support so your partner knows how they can help and encourage you physically and emotionally during labour. It is important for your partner to know that I am not replacing them i am simply an extra member of your already awesome team.
I will be on call for your birth 24/7 from 37 weeks. I will meet with you from when you request me until after your baby is born. I will provide you with continuous emotional and physical support with gentle massage, suggestions for laboring positions, rebozo work and other measures to provide you comfort. I will support you emotionally by being your ear to listen, holding space for you, encouraging you and making sure you feel the strength you need to advocate for yourself.
After your baby is born I will stay for a few hours, I will be able to assist you with breastfeeding, showering and dressing yourself, and will make sure you are nourished and fed. I am also there for your birth partner, encouraging and guiding them so they feel comfortable supporting you.
After your birth I will visit with you and your new baby to spend time with you. (and maybe sneak in a baby cuddle or two) The fourth trimester is so important for bonding and resting and I will be making sure you are doing just that. There is no set list for postpartum support as every mothers needs are different, I am happy to sit and listen as you reflect on your birth, assist with any breastfeeding advice, allow you to rest or cook you dinner. If you require help from another care provider such as a lactation consultant I can help you arrange this. If I also photographed your birth I will have a mini birth story for you to view if you wish
Your Doula Package
*Commitment free, coffee date to meet me. So we can to determine if we are we are the perfect match
* 3 x personalised meet up's
* Birth planning and preparation
* On call from 24/7 from 37 weeks till your little one arrives
* Unlimited phone, text and email support
*Emotional, physical, spiritual support and empowerment during your entire journey
* Complete attendance and support for you and your partner during pregnancy, labour, birth and golden hour
* 1 postnatal meet up
* 45 Minute Pregnancy Massage
* Goodie bag filled with gifts for YOU, baby and birth.
* Special teas, essential oils, snacks and other resources during your pregnancy, labor and postpartum