What is a Birth Doula?
Birth doulas provide continuous support, for women and couples, through pregnancy, labour, birth and the immediate postnatal period.
I would like to meet with potential clients for an ‘interview’ before being booked. This gives us both the opportunity to see if we are a good ‘fit’ for each other.
As a Birth Doula, i am here to support women and families who are planning all kinds of birth, from planned cesarean birth to home water birth.
Antenatally, I will meet with the mother-to-be (and her partner if applicable) 3 times, and be available for phone and email support as questions or concerns arise. There will be plenty of opportunity to talk over any concerns, work out your birth preferences and get to know each other.
I will then go ‘on call’ from 38 weeks of your pregnancy and will be available to you 24/7. Once you are in labour i will come to you when you want me there, typically this is before you transfer to a place of birth (if planning a hospital or birth centre birth) or the midwives arrive (with a home birth).
During Labour I will provide emotional, practical and informational support, adapting to what is needed. I can offer help and suggestions on comfort measures such as breathing, relaxation, movement and positioning. If applicable, I can also encourage your partner to participate in the birth to a level at which they feel comfortable. I feel the most important role is to provide nurturing, continuous support and reassurance.
I will then stay with you until after baby is born and your new family are settled and happy.
I will do 2 postnatal visits, the first in the first week and the second between week 1 and 6. This is to support you as you settle in to life with a new baby, help with infant feeding as needed and allow you an opportunity to talk over the birth.