From Natalie: “Hello! I’d be honoured to be considered as one of your doula choices as you explore who to invite into your special birthing space…
I believe it is very important to hire a doula that you feel as comfortable, as possible with – mood and emotion are so important for birth. Yes, relationships do take time to strengthen and become completely familiar, but, you can also hope for that initial, comfortable ‘click’.
To help you find many choices, I have worked hard and compiled a list of local doulas, to assist you 🙂
Hunter, Find a Doula LINK>> http://www.hunterbirtheducationcentre.com/hunter-find-a-doula
What is a Doula?
A doula can, and is, an absolute game-changer for womens’ birth experiences. She is your portable reassurance, patience and connection person.
When other people in your support circles may be getting stressed out, freaked out or just too rushed or too worried, she remains steadfast by your side, believing in you and sending out the vibe “you’ve got this”!
A birth doula is there for you for the entire journey (pregnancy, birth and postpartum) – she is there for all the things you may need or want, she brings birth education and information, she is emotionally supportive and reassuring and she can, if you find a really great doula, bring with her unshakable faith in the birthing process.
Often your Doula has birthed naturally a number of times herself and she emits a strong faith in womens’ bodies into your birth space. Other Doulas may have had a hard birth, or disrupted birth, but have learnt great wisdoms from these experiences.
In a stressful, unpredictable birth environment with many staff changing shifts, the doula is your calming and reassuring presence throughout (although this can depend on a variety of factors and/or experience levels).
For a relatively affordable fee (packages range from about $350/500 for a student doula through to about $1,400 – 2,000 for a doula that is experienced, mature, professional and provides extra skills and services in her package, such as counselling, hypnosis for childbirth, private birth education, mindfulness, yoga etc).
A Birth Supporter (Doula) believes in the process of birth and the impact it has on parenting:
> She is a great, respectful listener
> She explains birth jargon and information and then gives the woman space to make her own informed decisions
> She trusts the woman’s instincts
> She acknowledges the power of birth
Doulas specialise in non-medical skills and do not perform clinical tasks, such as vaginal exams or foetal heart rate monitoring.
Doulas help to facilitate the environment to help the mother to make calm, informed decisions during birth.
Research shows, Doula advantages.
Cochrane studies tell us that “Continuous support from a person who is present solely to provide support, is not a member of the womens’ social network, is experienced in providing labour support, and has at least a modest amount of training, appears to be most beneficial support for a labouring woman” (March 2011).
After examining twenty-one trials involving over 15,000 women, the review authors found that women who received continuous support during labour:
-were more likely to have a spontaneous vaginal birth
-were less likely to have analgesia during labour (ie: epidural)
-were less likely to report dissatisfaction with their labours
-had shorter labours
-were more likely to give birth without caesarean, vacuum or forceps
-were less likely to have regional analgesia
-were less likely to have babies with low 5 minute Apgar score
More about myself (Natalie):
Image below: This picture shows my daughter and I. We are enjoying a fun photo shoot promoting my Pregnancy Pamper Service: “Mums Cruisin” …
More about my commitment to women and to Doula-ing.
When I commit to a doula role, I place that women and her birth above all else on my work and personal calendar. I become, all about her and her needs, especially as her birthing day approaches. I have had the absolute pleasure of supporting quite a number of births that unfolded just as the woman wished for.
I am a proud member of the largest, professional Association of Doulas in Australia – the “Doula Network Australia” and I am fully insured as a doula, birth educator, birth counsellor and clinical hypnotherapist.
Ring 0406 934 645 to ask about my fees and packages (phone sooner rather than later to avoid missing a spot).
My current doula package includes:
* Two, at-your-home, antenatal sessions (approx 1.5 hrs and including birth education and discussions to ensure I am clear on what you want for your birth).
* Complimentary access to all birth education courses I am running (during your pregnancy).
* Access to myself during pregnancy via phone, text and email on demand for any worried, questions or concerns that arise.
* Full support at your birth as your Doula;
* Myself, on hold for you for 5 weeks around your 40 week gestation,
* Two post-birth, support visits (at least one of these includes my daughter, as I am a working mum).
* Also included, as a bonus gift, a Mums Cruisin’ Pregnancy pamper day.