WHAT IS A DOULA
A Doula is the mother’s constant companion for labour and birth. Different to a partner or friend, the Doula has experience with birth, she serves as a ‘knowledge bank’ for the unexpected and provides continuous support to the family. A Doula can help a mother find positions that are most comfortable and effective for labouring, she protects her privacy and creates a positive birthing atmosphere, buffering influences which can interrupt the natural rhythm of labour.
Benefits of having trained childbirth support
*Research shows Doulas help facilitate shorter, easier, healthier birth:
50% Reduction in cesareans
25% Shorter labour time
60% Decrease epidural requests
40% Less syntocin administered
30% Decrease pain medication use
40% Reduction forceps/assisted delivery
Improved breastfeeding rates
Decreased incidence of PND
Greater maternal satisfaction
*Klaus, Kennel & Klaus (2002)
“If a Doula were a drug it would be unethical not to use it.” - Dr. John Kennell, MD.
TAILOR YOUR PACKAGE
Initial Meeting (complimentary)
One hour informal meeting with you and your partner to understand your individual requirements. Discuss any previous pregnancies and deliveries and voice your intentions for upcoming birth. An opportunity to ask me anything you wish.
Pregnancy & Preparation
From when you engage me as your Doula, I offer information, education and support that is tailored specifically to you. I provide you with options and give in-depth assistance to construct your 'birth preferences/plan' for the primary care provider. As part of this process, I make sure you have access to the latest evidence-based findings and support you in making decisions that feel right for you and your baby. I am a supportive, non-judgmental sounding-board for any concerns you or your partner may have throughout each trimester. I facilitate a discussion around fears, blockages and healing previous birth trauma (if it exists). In the final trimester, I give you a personalised birth preparation ‘toolbox’ for you (and your partner) to practise daily as you prepare the body, mind and spirit to cross the threshold of birth and transition to parenthood.
Forms part of the physical, emotional and mental preparation for your labour and delivery. If you choose to attend my weekly prenatal yoga class, you will learn breathing techniques to regulate your nervous system, steady your mind and prepare for an empowered birth experience. I will guide you through partner poses and finding pressure points to strengthen and relax your body inside the birthing process. Prenatal yoga can be packaged in or purchased separately.
Unlimited email and phone contact with me from 38 weeks to whenever your baby decides to come (I also make allowance for unexpected early delivery). I am there for you in the lead-up to birth, including attendance at any critical medical appointments, if you wish. I am available for information balancing, support and as a sounding-board to help navigate proposed medical intervention around due date (eg. induction).
Labour & Delivery
I will be present for you and your partner from any point in labour that you desire until your baby is born. I offer practical, emotional and mental cushioning during labour and childbirth. I help create a sacred birth space and promote conditions which are conducive to having a physiological birth. I am there to advocate for your birth preferences and I will encourage you to connect with yourself, your partner and your baby throughout.I am in close proximity during the ‘Golden Hour’ to help ensure you feel supported to bond and breastfeed.
I will capture your precious new family memories in photography and/or video format, if you desire. I can also create for you a slideshow with your birth song to keep as a visual record of your labour and delivery.
Birth Debrief & Postpartum Support
I debrief your birth with you as part of an integration and clearing process. I continue to provide continuity of care; nourishing the mother and family into the fourth trimester. In the first 6 weeks, I am available for early parenting support; emotional and practical guidance with recovery, feeding, sleep/settling, bonding, baby massage, siblings and new family dynamic, all delivered through a conscious-parenting lens.
Flexible and tailored packages: you may want to include more or less prenatal and postpartum visits depending on individual circumstances. Additional pregnancy or mums and bubs yoga classes are available, along with childbirth education, partner support, sibling Doula add-on or consider asking your friends and family to gift you a ‘postpartum Doula’ for support in the fourth trimester.