A birth doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother and her family before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the most satisfying birth experience possible.
There is a vast amount of research supporting that a doula’s care remarkably improves physical and psychological outcomes for both mother and baby. Doulas have a positive impact on the well-being of the entire family.
Your Birth Doula
As a birth doula, I accompany women in labour to help ensure a safe and satisfying birth experience.
I have completed training through DONA International and Lamaze International. As your doula, I will draw on my professional training, knowledge and experience to provide emotional support, physical comfort and as needed, before and during your labour.
I can provide reassurance and perspective to you, your partner and/or support team, make suggestions for labour progress, and help with relaxation, massage, positioning and other techniques for comfort.
As your doula, I am working for you, not your caregiver or hospital.
I will meet with you and your partner and/or support people 2-3 times before labour to become acquainted, to explore and discuss your priorities and any fears or concerns, to discuss your birth plan and to plan how we might work best together. I also want to know your own best ways of coping with pain and fatigue and how you and your partner or support people foresee working together. As your doula I am not there to take the place of your partner or support people in labour, but to assist in supporting you all.
Birth Doula Support Package
Complementary introductory meeting (30 mins)
2 x antenatal visits
1 x antenatal home visit (optional)
Education about birth, parenting and comfort measure for labour and birth
Develop and write birth plan
Email and phone support
Complimentary TENS hire from 37 weeks
On call 2 weeks before and after your estimated date of birth
Available for 24/7 contact from onset of labour
Physical and emotional support, from when you request care, on or after arriving at hospital for the duration of your birth (up to 12 hrs)
1 x postnatal hospital visit
1 x postnatal home visit in first 2 weeks after the birth of your baby
Email/phone support up to 6 weeks after your baby is born
Investment: On Enquiry
DONA International is the world’s premier doula organisation. They are the oldest, largest and most respected doula association in the world. Their founders are among the foremost experts on doula care, and DONA International certification is a widely respected measure of quality and professionalism.
They are an international, non-profit organisation of doulas that strives to have every doula trained and educated to provide the highest quality and standards for birth and/or postpartum support to birthing women and their families. To that end, they promote continuing education for doulas and provide a strong communication link among doulas and between doulas, families and the medical birthing community.
They are an amazing community with a shared passion for families that reaches around the world.
DONA International doulas and the families they serve are in more than 50 countries.
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