Why do I need a Doula?
It is well documented and proven that women who choose to have a Doula have a higher rate of birth satisfaction and more positive birth outcomes. When pregnant women and families receive continuity of care and emotional support, they are more likely to feel confident and capable when birthing their babies. Secondly, the men also need support in being present for their partners over the extended time that labour can take, and also to feel safe and supported in the unknown territory of birth, including knowing when it's the best to go to the hospital. Hiring a Doula can also help prevent hospital intervention as much as possible by supporting the woman to stay home as long for longer and can help woman achieve a more natural birth outcome if that is what they desire.
What are your beliefs around pain relief?
Each woman has her own unique relationship to "pain" based on her physical and emotional history. By working together to understand her own unique relationship with pain, a woman can empower herself to create the experience of childbirth into an opportunity for growth and spiritual initiation. There are many techniques and methods that can be learned in order to manage the intense experience of birth, but it is important for the woman to be supported in knowing herself so she can find the techniques that work for her. There are physical/practical tools to manage the pain such as the use of water in birth, breathing techniques, massage and externally applied creams/tense machine. Then there are mental/emotional exercises that can be used to help the woman navigate her inner reality during birth, if she can allow her mind to fully let go and surrender to birth it can bring her great relief and flow in the birthing process. These are things the Doula will support the woman to understand in the preparation for birth.
Am I able to contact you any time during my pregnancy?
Yes, I am available via phone, text message and email all throughout your pregnancy.
Why did you become a doula?
When I was pregnant with my daughter Delphi, 12 years ago, I was doing the Shamanic Midwifery Training as a way of learning about the birth process for myself. After having a beautiful water birth with my daughter I realised how few women are actually experiencing birth as the beautiful opportunity for spiritual initiation that it can be. I also realised how many woman in our culture are receiving the exact opposite experience of birth as a traumatic event in their life and many women do not receive the support they need to heal from these birth experiences. This has lead me into the work I do today, supporting women and families to experience the empowerment that birth has to offer, along with helping to provide healing and insight for women who have previous unresolved birth trauma in their personal history. I am also very passionate about helping babies come into this world surrounded in love and wholeness.