What is the role of a doula / professional labour support?
How we can help you:
- We recognize childbirth as a pivotal life experience for you (and your family). We aim to nurture, encourage, offer knowledge, physical, mental and emotional support, resources and advocacy for you through your pregnancy and into motherhood.
- We build a deepening relationship with you through the continuity of care offered by pre-natal visits,antenatal classes, attendance at the birth, post natal debrief and any ongoing coaching/mentoring.
- We believe in the importance of respecting birth as a natural process, trusting in your intuition, abilities and knowledge you have from within.
- We offer comfort and pain relief techniques to help, among other wonderful non invasive ways to help, if need be.
- We help minimise unnecessary intervention by supporting the proces of informed decision making and woman centred care. We help you discuss options and gather information, particularly if there is a deviation from the natural process. We can help you better understand the choices between your individual health care versus hospital policies and protocols.
- We aid respectful communication, understanding and team work between you, your health care providers and your support people.
- We offer emotional support, encouragement, options and personal reflection when things don't go according to plan.
- We assist you through the challenges and choices of preparing for and carrying out your wishes for birth and in early parenting.
My role as a doula has seen me coach and council hundreds of women and their families through their pregnancy, labour and early parenting time. Past clients stories talk about birthing in a way that felt more manageable than expected, had less interventions and felt deeply rewarding for themselves and their connection to their partner. If that's what you want, check out my doula support packages or call me, and lets talk about helping make this happen!.
We are woman who have personally experienced birth.
A Birthready doula will not:
- Perform clinical tasks, such as blood pressure, fetal heart checks, vaginal exams, give medical advice.
- Carry medical equipment
- Make decisions for the woman and/or the birth team.
- Bring her preconceived ideas of what your birth ‘should be’ to you.