“Being a doula not just a job for me, it’s a calling. As an experienced childbirth educator and doula, I understand the birth process, and I know how important a positive birth experience is for new parents.”
My role as your doula
You want a great birth. What does that look like for you? This is your birth, your baby, your voice. It is my job to support all your choices. Birth is an intense, amazing journey, and I’m here for you, step by step.
You know your body and your priorities. Your partner (if you have one) knows you. As your doula, I know birth. Your midwife or obstetrician will be in and out of the birth space, and you can’t predict who’ll be there on the day your labour begins. Shifts change, energy and attitudes change. Your doula is steady and familiar, and I’ll be with you for the long haul.
As your doula, I am there to support you and advocate for you.
When is the best time in your pregnancy to connect with a birth doula?
Now is a great time! Some clients hire me when they’re all of two seconds pregnant and other people contact me at last minute. I’ve even had someone hire me when she was in early labour! That’s not ideal, but it’s always a fun adventure!
I spend a lot of time connecting with you before the baby comes, and we go into the birth with you ready to do everything we can to make this a positive experience as you welcome your baby. This is your birth, and research tells us that women remember their births in great detail, for their whole lives. This will be a formative memory, and it’s your start in parenting this little one. However things unfold (exactly according to plan, or totally unexpected), I am focused on helping you have your best birth.
Doulas aren’t just helpful for the woman giving birth. We also support your partner and all the other people who love you.
Some people think that doulas are only for women choosing a natural, drug-free labour. This couldn’t be further than the truth! My ultimate aim is to help you to achieve a positive and empowered birth experience for you, whether that’s a vaginal birth, Caesarean birth, un-medicated birth, medication, hospital birth or home birth. ALL birth is beautiful.
I would be honoured to support you and your partner and accompany you through this momentous life experience.
SPECIAL UPDATE: Pregnancy and giving birth during the COVID-19 pandemic
Pregnancy can be a time of anxiety for many people at the best of times. These are not normal times. Globally, we are facing challenges that we’ve never had to face before. It is a scary time for all of us.
That being said, if you are pregnant and reading this, I want you to know ONE very important thing: you are not alone.
I know that you are probably feeling very overwhelmed right now. There is a lot of confusion out there and not a lot of answers. I want to reassure you that support is available for you and your partner. I can provide you with comprehensive, evidence-based childbirth education (live online – group and private sessions are available) and I will be ensuring that the class includes the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus and its impact on pregnancy, birth and your baby.
I also provide doula support. If at all possible, I will support you at home in early labour, until you feel ready to go to hospital. I will provide labour support if you are having a home birth (with a qualified midwife) and pending hospital approval, I will continue to support you in hospital throughout your labour. In circumstances where I am unable to provide in-person support, I will be available via phone, text, FaceTime, WhatsApp or Zoom in order to provide you and your partner with virtual support.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, please reach out to me. I am here to listen and to provide support. You can call me on 0422 067 985 or email me at email@example.com
Remember – you are NOT alone.
I have a real passion for supporting women wanting to have a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Caesarean). As my client, I want you to feel as informed and empowered as possible. In addition to my doula support package (see below), I am pleased to offer my VBAC clients a 20% discount for either my in-person VBAC education course or my online course, VBAC Your Way; a 13-module, self-paced course that will provide you with all the current evidence-based information and resources you need to maximise your chances of having a successful VBAC.
“I just wanted to say thank you again for being part of our daughter’s birth just over a year ago. She has brought such happiness to our lives and it was an incredible gift to start our new chapter as a family of four with a VBAC. It continues to mean so much to me and I have no doubt I’ll always remember her birth with contentment and joy. Thank you for all that you do.” ~ Tanya
We now have a perfect baby girl! Thanks Tanya !” ~ Brendan & Olga
Doula Support Package outline
- 2 x Prenatal visits
- Develop & write birth preferences and learn skills toward a normal, low-intervention labour & birth
- Email & phone support – during my service to you
- Access to our extensive lending library of pregnancy, birth & parenting books
- On-call 2 weeks surrounding due date
- 24/7 contact from onset of labour – with you for the duration of your birth (up to 15 hrs). If your labour extends beyond this, I may call in my backup doula to provide you with ongoing support (+ additional $100 is required)
- 1 x Postnatal visit at home (PLUS email/phone support to 6 weeks postpartum)
- $1800 incl. GST
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I trained with renowned Canadian DONA International birth doula trainer, Jenn Fontaine, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), PCD(DONA), CLE, Lamaze Program Director. I have also been a volunteer doula with Birth for HumanKIND since 2015.
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.
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