Expecting a child can be joyful, exhilarating, and overwhelming at the same time. There are so many unknowns, even if you are carrying your second or third baby. It is such a vulnerable time. And for many of us it is a time filled with doubts and fears. People around you might have told you dreadful stories. You might have had a personal experience about pregnancy or childbirth, that was difficult or painful. You might feel a lot of pressure to get it right.
Hiring a doula can be very helpful in overcoming those fears and find more peace and courage during pregnancy. As your doula I would accompany you and (if applicable) your partner through the process of preparing for birth and support you during labor, birth and bonding. Research has shown that having a doula present at birth is linked to reduced rates of interventions and trauma. As your doula I can provide evidence-based information for you so you can make confident decisions about your pregnancy, birth and the post-partum period. I will practice comfort measures with you and (if applicable) your partner. In the birth room I will be by your side as long as it takes and just hold space for you.
What does my birth doula service package provide for you and your family?
I will be available for discussing questions, ease possible fears and build a relationship with you and your partner. For all topics that are of special interest for you, I can send you high quality resources you may find helpful. This continues from the day you hire me and for 6 weeks into the postnatal period.
These sessions help us to get to know each other and build rapport. Your partner and children can be involved in the way that is optimal for your needs. We take time to discover your birth preferences, wishes, fears and expectations. If applicable we also debrief any previous birth experiences. You have space to talk, space to tell me what you want and how you are feeling and I will listen. Being deeply listened to can do us a lot of good, especially in the perinatal period.
You will discover what these are during your pregnancy as you learn more about the physiological process, or your chosen pathway for birth. I can provide evidence-based and best practice information in order to help you collate your ideas. Also, I can suggest ways to communicate your preferences to your birth team. The choices you and your partner make are completely up to you. I am only there to support you.
My time is dedicated to your family whilst on call. I will be on call for your birth 24 hours a day 10 days before and after your estimated due date. I will check in with you every other day during that time and you will contact me as soon as you need me around.
I provide continuous emotional, physical and practical support for you and your partner during labor. After your delivery I will continue to support you until you are comfortably settled.
If desired, I will visit you once during the first 48 hours after birth and then again sometime in the following three weeks. This will give us the chance to talk about your experiences and any questions you may have regarding the early postpartum period.
Many people think that there is no point in having a doula if a caesarean section is scheduled. However, the additional emotional and practical support is in no way less important when a belly birth is imminent. There are many ways to prepare for a caesarean birth and to make it as gentle as possible.
How can you hire me as your birth doula?
Please tell me a little bit about yourself, such as your name, your estimated due date, if you have already chosen a birth place and if it’s your first pregnancy. I will get back to you as soon as possible. If I am already booked during your estimated birth period, I will try to help you find another doula.