Birth Doula Service

 

I work with all mothers to be, those planning a natural, cesarean or VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) delivery, whether it be in your home, birth centre or hospital. Based in Berlin Germany

The role of a birth doula is to support the mother continuously throughout labour with emotional stability and physical comfort; giving the mother information so she and her partner can make informed decisions. Having a doula present helps to lower the risk of interventions, inductions and less need for pain relief. As well as making your partner more at ease which will bring a calmness in the room.

 

Birth doula services:

  • First meeting is to get to know each other, your partner can come along also and is strongly encouraged to

  • 3 Prenatal face to face visits, what topics we go over vary client to client depending on their individual needs.

  • Unlimited txt, call or email service, regarding pregnancy or labour

  • 24/7 phone service from 38 weeks till you go into labour. I will consider myself on call for you at this time 

  • The actual birth, doulas do not change shifts so we are with you till your baby is in your arms

  • Creating a birth 'wish', if you like  

  • 2 home visits after baby is born

1500€ + VAT

What doulas do:

  • Recognise birth is a key experience that mother will remember all her life.

  • Understands the physiology of birth and the key needs during labour.

  • Provide reassurance and encouragement.

  •  Informed information and evidence based birth planning.

  •  Talk through emotional concerns which you or your partner may have.

  • Assisting you in negotiation your preference for birth if what you want and the hospital want is different, provides an objective viewpoint to help the mother be heard.

  • Continuous and unlimited birth support during your pregnancy and labour.

  •  Support your partner which allows them to participate at his/her own comfort level during the labour.

  • Supports the mother in the choices she makes. 

  • Help with breathing, massage, relaxation and positioning techniques during labour and birth.

 

What doulas do not do:

  • Make decisions for you and your partner.

  • Perform clinical tasks such as vaginal exams or fetal heart monitoring.

  • They do not judge you for decisions you make.

  • Doulas are NOT medical professionals.

  • They do not take over the role from your partner.

  • They do not assisit in the delivery of your baby.

 

What will my partner think about a doula being present?:

Partners are essential support for you during your birth, doulas work together as a team with your loved one. However, your partner will need to eat and take bathroom breaks or just a break in general. Some partners have limited knowledge about birth, medical procedures or what the hospital system is like. This is a journey for them also and by having a familiar face by their side, makes them feel completely present for the labouring woman. The doulas helps the partners participate at his or her own comfort level and it's important that you have continuous support though out your labour to feel safe and secure to birth your baby.