Hi, my name is Natalie and I am a local doula.
I’d be honoured to be considered as one of your may doula choices…
Let’s meet up and chat birth !
Call me for a free, fifteen minute, birth-consult, or let’s meet in person/zoom for a free, doula-consult. 0406 934 645
As you can well imagine, it’s so important to find a doula that you feel comfortable with – after all mood and emotion play a significant role in birth.
Doulas are always open to meeting and getting to know you. At a meeting, you can hope for that initial, comfortable ‘click’ that helps you know that this doula can be a good match for you.
Then continue to meet as many doulas as you require, until you are satisfied you have found a woman that you want to invite into your birth space.
To help you find many choices, I have compiled a list of local doulas (click here) to assist you 🙂
More about myself and my doula services (Natalie):
Image below: Myself and my daughter – my precious rainbow baby.
More about my commitment to women and 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 and I absolutely love the team work and closeness that forms. Being a Doula is a very special career.
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.
My doula package fee is priced as super, affordable as possible at $1,400 and includes:
* A minimum of two, at-your-home appointments (or via zoom room if you prefer) of approx 1.5 hrs duration and including birth education and discussions to ensure I am very clear on what you want for your birth… from me and from your environment.
* Complimentary access to all birth education courses and events that I am running during your pregnancy. (most families utilise this benefit by completing a full hypnobirthing course with me).
* Unlimited access to chat to myself during your pregnancy via phone, text and email on demand for any worried, questions or concerns that arise.
* Full support at your birth (including home visits in early labour if the woman wishes for this)
* Myself, on hold for you for five weeks, or longer, around your 40 week gestation (3 weeks before.. and two weeks after or until your birth).
* My skills and techniques as you desire them, as a counsellor, birth educator and a clinical hypnotherapist.
NOTE: Exact visit numbers are dependent on your level of contact you
have with me during your pregnancy through other birth preparation activities. (because I run the Newcastle Birth Movement, we may have MANY interactions during your pregnancy).
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