I work with all mothers to be that include those planning a vaginal, cesarean or VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) delivery, whether it be in your home, birth centre or hospital.
A doulas role is unique to every mother she works for, as mothers have different needs for each pregnancy. Doulas guide and support you during your pregnancy and labour to help gain the confidence needed to birth your baby. A doula is there to allow the mother to go thru this journey with love and understanding and find that inner birth warrior within you. Having a doula present helps to lower the risk of interventions, inductions and less need for pain relief.
Birth Doula Services:
First meeting is for free so you can decide if we want to work with each other, your partner can come along also and is strongly encouraged too.
If you decide to go with me, we then sign a contact.
3 Prenatal face to face visits, plus more usually lasting 1.2 hours to discuss how you are feeling for the birth and during the pregnancy.
24/7 phone service from 37 weeks till you go into labour.
Unlimited txt, call or email service to me regarding pregnancy or labour concerns or if you just want a chat I'm here!
You can express your or your partners fears and concerns that you may have about the pregnancy or the labour.
Creating a birth plan.
Its your responsibility to tell your doula information from your appointments and if anything unusual comes up to inform your doula also to better support you during you labour.
Continuous and unlimited birth support during your labour, encourages communication between the labouring woman, partner and clinical providers.
Supports your partner also or loved one too, which allows them to participate at his/her own comfort level during the labour.
At home or in hospital the doula usually stays between 1-3 hours after baby is born, to make sure your settled in, also to see if mother is fed herself and drinking lots after the birth, to clean or other.
One on One home visit after baby is born to discuss the birth and how you are feeling and also to help breastfeeding.
What Doulas Do:
Recognise birth is a key experience that mother will remember all her life.
Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs during labour.
Talking thru emotional blockages which you may have.
Provides reassurance and encouragement.
Assisting you in negotiation of your preference for birth if what you want and the hospital want is different, provides an objective viewpoint. to help the mother be heard.
Keeps your 'environment' going, candles, music, massage, stays with you throughout labour.
Supports the mother in her choices.
Uses comfort measures like breathing, relaxation, movement, positioning.
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 or loved one.
They do not change shifts.
They do not deliver the baby.
What will my partner think about a doula being present?:
Doulas work together with your loved one or partner, They are essential support for you during your birth to have by your side. 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. Its helps them participate at his or her own comfort level for the labouring woman. As the midwife or doctor rnt in the room for the whole time this is when doulas are needed the most. It is important that you have continuous support thought out your labour to feel safe and secure and also to have a familiar face. Many husbands or partners have said they are so glad that a doula was present during the labour as it gave them to confidence to be there completely for them without worrying.
Placenta encapsulation service:
The 'fourth trimester' can sometimes leave a woman feeling quite emotional, weepy, overwhelmed, fatigued and maybe even anxious. Placenta Capsules or consuming your placenta isn't a new thing its far from a new concept. This can be a natural way to ease this hormonal let-down and support the transition into the postpartum for new mothers. The placenta has been used traditionally for thousands of years for its abundance of positive postnatal effects. A woman can lose up to 18% of her iron stores after giving birth. Studies have shown that the placenta helps make the postnatal adjustments a lot smoother, and certainly a lot kinder for the new mother.
I offer placenta encapsulation service. I will usually pick up from the hospital and drop it back off to you at home when you are settled. The whole process takes about 24 hours and ideally begins within the first 12 - 48 hours after the birth. I also accept frozen placentas please enquire for more info on this, (I cant accept any older then 6 month + ) The first stage is the preparing and dehydrating, and the second stage is the encapsulating. I don't add anything to the placenta and will not do the TCM way (Chinese traditional medicine way).
The placenta helps by:
Preventing or decreasing developing the 'baby blues' and postnatal depression.
Replenishing the essential hormones like oxytocin and CRH (stress reducer).
Replenishing essential nutrients like iron, vitamin B6, amino acids and essential fats.
Minimising postnatal bleeding and helping the uterus return to its normal size it was before.
Increasing and enriching breast milk supply.
Minimises stress levels; leaving mothers feeling calmer and happy for her new baby.
Feel more energised and less tired also.
Decreasing iron deficiency in mothers after giving birth.
It allows the mothers body and spirit to return to vibrant health after giving birth.