As your birth doula, I would be your constant source of support and encouragement before, during and after the birth, working as a team with you and your partner (if you have one). I would support and help you and your partner with your informed choices, answer any questions and address any concerns to the best of my abilities and reassure and encourage you that you are more than capable of having a wonderful birth experience, the way you want it to be, be it at home, in a hospital or anywhere else. I try to ensure you are aware of all the options available and will always fully respect whatever birth route you decide is right for you. I would listen to you and support and encourage you emotionally and practically every step of the way, always without you or your partner feeling observed, judged or intruded upon.
I can help with massaging, breathing, relaxing, encouraging different positions to help with an active labour, including with the use of a rebozo. I am also there to help your partner to help you and to give them the opportunity to step back if you or they feel they need to do so or when they may need to have a rest. I can be your advocate and to help reinforce your birth preferences and what you feel is most important to you and your partner during this time. I will protect your right to privacy, respect and a safe, relaxing, calm and positive environment while helping you and your partner stay calm, in control, positive, happy, strong and motivated.
In addition, I can also help with practicalities during your birth that you may want or need such as making cups of tea, a light meal to keep up your and your partner’s energy levels, pick up any older children from school or take photos for you to look back on.
As a birth doula the package that I offer includes:
I have a large number of pregnancy, birth, and baby/childcare books and birth DVDS that I am happy to lend out.