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.
I trained with renowned Canadian DONA International birth doula trainer, Jenn Fontaine, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), HBE, 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.
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 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, unmedicated 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.
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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