Doula support for confident and informed birthing and beyond
Erika helps bridge the gap between the natural birth process, todays model of care and what you want. Choosing your own doula helps you plan, prepare and experience this time of your life in a more joyful and empowering way.
“I provide support, guidance, education and advocacy for you and your birth team. I am by your side through labour and birth, mindfully offering hands on support with wisdom, skill and respect”.
Working with your primary doula and a back up team we:
- Build trust, confidence and skills in your natural birthing and parenting abilities.
- Know your heath care options, their influences and how to make informed and empowered decisions.
- Prepare you and your partner for a positive birth experience
- Nurture a healthy partner relationship for life as parents.
- Feel resourced and ready to care for your baby
I support your right to make informed choices regarding where, how and with whom you give birth. My desire is to see you and your family confident in yourselves, to grow in life skills and to experience, not only the birth, but the day-to-day life as a parent, with love, health, support and satisfaction.
Research is clear…the Cochrane Library review on ‘Continuous Labor Support Reduces Risk of Cesarean Section and Other Adverse Outcomes in Women and Newborns’, sites 26 studies over 17 countries with over 15,000 birthing women confirming that doulas contributes to lower interventions and more satisfying birth experiences for the birthing mother. “if a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it”. Dr John H. Kennell.
You may wish to seek out doula support:
- If you or your partner are worried about the pain of giving birth.
- If your partner wants more confidence to provide good comfort and support in labour.
- If you are you unsure of how to go about making an informed choice about your health care especially during labour.
- If you want a natural birth but feel unsure if you have the right support to optimise it happening.
I have a Birthready doula back up team to step in if further support is needed.
Erika had a real influence on my relationship with my partner during the pregnancy and in the labour. I felt like I knew what I could do to help and I had a place in the whole process. I felt like I could more confidently offer my love and practical support, be better informed and know our birthing options. It really helped both of us to schedule time during the pregnancy to think about it, talk about and respond in every day life. Because without that, our busyness would have got away from us.
Erika helped prepare us for the birth of our son in a very short period of time, and with our 3 year old ‘helping out’ with costumes too!! I immediately felt a comfort with her, and the confidence with which she spoke of many birth experiences also gave me confidence that she would be ready for anything with us! Erika gave me a sureness about natural birth.
Although we were all together for the birth for about 3 hours, her presence brought strength and support to my partner when times got a bit tough. I appreciated her patience and words immensely during transition when I was in a bit of a state, and her timely offerings of drinks, hip massages and encouragement. She talked us through decisions that had to be made, and listened with respect when I was requesting things I didn’t think I would be requesting!
Knowing that Erika was there in case of difficult decisions or procedures also gave us a sense of readiness for anything. Thank you so much Erika for giving us a confidence to do it all again!