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Doula Service + Birth Support

Doulas are birth professionals dedicated to your overall wellbeing in pregnancy, birth and postpartum. I offer you emotional and physical support, evidence based research, education, pain management, unconditional encouragement and continuous labour support in your home and in the hospital.

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Support

As your birth doula, I perform different support roles dependant upon your unique needs:

  • I have experience and support all types of births including Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC), Twins and Breech births. I work in all environments, including public and private hospitals, birth centres and home births (with a private practice midwife present).
  • I Provide evidence based information to enable you to make informed choices.
  • Support you during pregnancy, including breath centred pre-natal yoga, birth preparation, and frequent check ins.
  • Support you and your partner during the labour  in your home and in the hospital.
  • Offer Optimal Maternal Positioning which helps your baby settle in positions most helpful for the birthing mother for her labour to progress smoothly and more quickly.
  • Connect you to acupuncturists, pregnancy and post natal chiropractic care, womens health physiotherapists, osteopaths, nutritionists, massage therapists and other related support services for women.
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Preparation

As preparation for birth, I typically:

  • Meet with you multiple times during your pregnancy for Birth Education and preparation and to build our relationship.
  • Offer the opportunity for you to practice pregnancy yoga via my LIVE Zoom classes.
  • Help you understand all stages of birth, physiologically and emotionally.
  • Help you develop a daily practice of tools you will use to work with the intensity of labour.
  • Help you develop a clinical care birth plan / preference.
  • Help you to understand / navigate hospital procedures.
  • Teach you OMP (Optimal Maternal Positioning), breath work, affirmation practice, visualisations, sound and throat opening, active birthing, counter-pressure, massage, acupressure, use of essential oils, calm birthing, hypnobirthing and meditation skills.
  • Help you express and store colostrum and understand its importance.
  • Help you understand unexpected outcome.
  • Help you prepare for a Cesarean Section Birth (planned or unexpected).
  • Help you arrange Placenta Encapsulation (if requested).
  • Give access to TENS machine hire for The Birth Store with %15 discount code.
  • Give you a USB with films, documentaries, parent education classes and educational resources.
  • Plan your 4th trimester / post natal period.

Labour

During the labour and birthing process, I do everything I can to honour your birthing wishes. This may include helping you to:

  • Settle into and progress your labour in your home.
  • Involve and empower your partner (if you have one), to support you.
  • Use Optimal Maternal Positioning techniques to help your labour progress smoothly.
  • Understand your contraction patterns and progress.
  • Relax/progress labour through specialised movement, counter-pressure, rebozo, essential oils, acupressure, affirmation practice and meditation.
  • Get into comfortable positions, using water if desired. Use smart rest techniques.
  • Get adequate nutrition and fluids and empty your bladder often (this can challenging for some women).
  • Choose the right time time to leave for the hospital.
  • Understand your options and communicate your preferences to the medical staff.
  • Interact  and be present with your labour and birth experience.
  • Ensure your placenta is packaged ready for encapsulation (if required).
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After your Baby is Born

In the Post Natal period / 4th Trimester I can:

  • De-brief your birth experience with you (this is crucial for emotional well being).
  • Coordinate Ayurvedic meal delivery service via Meals 4 Mummas.
  • Answer any questions you may have about care of your new born.
  • Ensure Breastfeeding and nipple care are going well.
  • Connect you to home visit Lactation Consultant or other services if needed.
  • Provide additional home therapy treatments for placenta wound healing and adrenal support, using moxa.
  • Gentle Post Natal Restorative Yoga.