If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it- Dr. John H Kennell
Are you looking for a little extra support through the actual birth?
Got that sorted! We can meet up through your pregnancy, get to know each-other a little, hold hands, look into each-other’s eyes a little…. oh…. hang on this isn’t a date is it?! But seriously, we need to make sure we get along, let’s catch up! Give me a call on 0420 371 978 to organise to meet (no obligation I promise), or shoot me an email. You can also go snooping to see what else a doula does (it’s more than just hand holding and massage I assure you!).
Some partners are a little hesitant in supporting a doula because they don’t want to have their job as birth support usurped by someone they don’t know- and fair enough!
I can promise you that I absolutely don’t want to see this happen either. My role as doula is to help guide you both as you labour and birth, I may show your partner some massage, or take over while he has a break- but I don’t want to take away their role as birth support (unless that is what you both want).
I am also there to help with communication with your care provider, to help you explore options, and to help you stay on track for having the birth you want.
I will also be there while the rest of the care team are rushing in and out while they care for multiple mothers at once. Not me- I am there for you, and you only!
Doula is Greek and literally means Women Helper. The services of a doula varies not only by doula, but also by client. I tailor my support to meet the needs of the women and families that I am working with.
A doula is most generally an experienced birth attendant, someone who is able to support you through your pregnancy and labour, easing the transition into motherhood.
- Providing information regarding birth choices (procedures, care provider, etc)
- Emotional support (during pregnancy birth and after)
- Birth support (massage, emotional support, labor coaching, acupressure, natural pain relief etc)
- Taking photos during labor, and after the birth
- Helping to clean up if at a home birth
- Helping to establish breastfeeding
After the birth a doula can still be of assistance for:
- Helping with cooking and cleaning
- Giving Mum a break to look after herself for a bit
- Helping take care of older children
- Ongoing emotional support for mothers
- Exploring options in regards to parenting
- Assist in settling, and feeding of baby
Often when faced with the prospect of birth women have fear- especially if it is their first baby, or a subsequent pregnancy after a traumatic birth.
For research that has been conducted on the benefits of having a doula, please visit the Research page.