A Doula is a trained and experienced birth support companion. The word ‘doula‘ comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves”.
As a Doula, I offer support and education to all type of families, throughout the pregnancy, during childbirth and for the postnatal period, in all type of settings (public and private hospitals, birth centres, homebirths,…) and all type of birth (scheduled caesarean, VBAC, vaginal birth with epidural, minimal intervention birth,…)
Every parent’s expectations are different and as a Doula, I offer knowledge, information and most importantly non-judgemental and unconditional support. My role is to enable birthing parents to work more intuitively with their bodies, birth their way and evaluate their choices and options before, during and after labour.
Unlike the partner, close friend or family member present at the birth, I am not emotionally involved and bring my experience and knowledge of the birthing process and the medical system. Unlike hospital staff juggling with busy schedules and numerous patients, I will be present continuously throughout labour, offering one-on-one attention and support to the expectant parent.
NOT A MIDWIFE
Doulas are not medically trained so I do not diagnose, examine or treat. I received an extensive training (through the well-recognised and government accredited Australian Doula College) to provide physical and emotional comfort. My intention is always to work alongside other care providers and medical teams for the best possible outcome. I never go against a medical recommendation or give advice but I will always help parents understand their options to find what seems right for them and their family.
Many studies have been conducted and highlighted the huge difference a birth doula can make to a labour and birth. In the USA, UK and parts of Europe doulas are a recognised part of the birthing team and postnatal services.
According to research undertaken in the US, Klaus, Kennel and Klaus, authors of Mothering the Mother, “How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier and Healthier Birth” have identified the benefits of having a doula at your birth:
- 60% reduction in epidural requests
- 50% reduction in caesarean rate
- 40% reduction in oxytocin use
- 40% reduction in forceps delivery
- 25% shorter labour
- Decreased incidence of postpartum depression
- Better mother-infant interaction & nursing
As often as possible, I will support the information I give to parents with evidence-based studies and data.
AN ADDITION TO YOUR PARTNER, NOT A DIVIDER
I noticed that one of the main concerns of couples wanting to hire a doula doesn’t always come from the expectant parent, but stems deep within the partner who might feel like hiring a professional birth support person is going to take away from their role.
At no point, does the presence of the Doula make the birth partner’s support less valuable. When the partner is willing to take an active part in the labour process, I will enhance and support his/her/their role as the primary birth companion. I will look to see how whatever is happening is ‘working’ and help parents and staff see that too. Sometimes, it can be hard for partners to watch the person they love go through that pain and intensity while they feel powerless. I will guide and show them how they can be of help to the expectant parent.
Fathers are often able to participate more fully with a doula present. It complements a father’s role and strengthens it. I offer additional support, love, hands and nurturing but don’t take the place of the partner.
WHAT WILL YOU FIND IN MY MARY POPPINS’S BAG
I have studied Prenatal Yoga, Aromatherapy (Essential Oils) and Ayurveda (traditional Hindu system of medicine based on the idea that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit and uses food, herbs, spices & practices). I integrate this knowledge globally in my practice, as well as acupressure, active birthing, breathing and hypnobirthing techniques, rebozo,…
My goal is to create a safe bubble, hold the space without judgement and ‘have your back’ at all times. By ‘mothering the birthing parent’ with reassurance and encouragement, I can facilitate the natural rhythm and progress of labour.
The education and preparation done before the birth and the knowledge of the options that exist during labour empower parents to make the right decisions for their family.
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
I support LGBTQI Families in Birth as well as families with diverse backgrounds. Find out more HERE.