birthwell birthright is excited to now offer doula support! Tanya Strusberg has been working as a volunteer doula with Birth for HumanKIND since 2015 and is currently completing her formal training and doula qualification with DONA International, having trained with renowned DONA birth doula trainer, Jenn Fontaine, LCCE, FACCE CD(DONA) from Canada.
DONA International is the world’s premier doula organization. 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 organization 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.
My role as your doula
As your doula, I am there to support you and advocate for you.
Doulas support women and their partners during pregnancy, throughout the birth process in the hospital or at home and during the early postnatal period. I am not a midwife, a nurse or a medical practitioner.
Doulas DO NOT provide medical, nursing, midwifery or any therapeutic care, nor do they comment on, interpret or judge this care. I provides three types of support:
- General birth informational support
- Emotional support
- Physical support
As your doula I will visit you and your partner at home for the number of visits we organise. During these visits we will get to know each other and together, we will work towards identifying your most important birth and early postnatal preferences. I will provide you with high-quality, evidence-based information that will help to inform you on birth matters and choices. As your doula, it is not my role to impose my own personal feelings and beliefs around labour, birth and parenting. Instead it is to support your choices and preferences. I firmly believe that my job is to serve YOU and that only YOU can know the best birth options for yourself. The information I bring is meant for you to deepen your personal knowledge to help you and your partner confidently make good, informed decisions. As your knowledge grows, you will be able to develop your own birth preferences (birth plan) and communicate your preferences to me and your professional care team. I will then be able to offer suggestions about comfortable positions and comfort strategies to assist with your physical and emotional comfort. We will be able to practice in your home to more fully prepare for the birth process.
When you go into labour, I can come to your home or I will meet you at the hospital and stay with you throughout the birth to support you in the way we planned. If you want me to support you in labour at home you must phone the hospital when you go into labour to get their permission to stay at home for the early labour period. This is because the hospital is responsible for your clinical care and only they can advise you. On rare occasions, when a woman progresses very quickly in labour, I may not actually get to the hospital before the baby arrives. Women who have had doula support before birth may have much faster labours because they are well prepared and calm. If I miss your birth I will provide 12 hours of postnatal support at no extra charge. I will visit you again to talk about your labour experiences and to do any further support work you request of me.
My overall aim is to help you to achieve a positive and empowered birth experience for you, whether you choose a natural birth, a medically-assisted birth or an elective Caesarean section.
I would be honoured to support you and your partner and accompany you through this momentous life experience.
If you would like to discuss doula support further, please don’t hesitate to contact me to organise an obligation-free meeting. Please send me an email or give me a call on 0422 067 985.
Tanya Strusberg LCCE, FACCE
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