My role as your birth doula would be to help you and your family negotiate the path to a positive birth experience. I can help you find your way through the wealth of information available to you and provide the support and encouragement you need to shape your own path and then walk it beside you.
Every birth experience is unique, the process is often unpredictable and no women can be offered her ‘ideal birth’. However a birth partner with an understanding of that ideal is well placed to help create as positive experience as possible.
For this reason it is important that you and your doula are the right fit, so initially we would meet for a cuppa and an informal chat. As part of the Birth Package we would then meet 2 or 3 times during your pregnancy, to catch up and to have the discussions necessary to establish an understanding of your feelings about and intentions for your labour. I will always be available for you or your partner to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. I will be available and on call to attend your birth 24/7 from 38 weeks and will remain with you throughout your labour until you and baby are happily settled.
My role in labour is to provide constant nurturing support, responding to your needs as labour progresses. I am there to offer comfort aids, physical support, coping mechanisms and to guide and reassure your partner or other birth attendants to offer the support you may need. Often referred to as “holding your space” I can be an unobtrusive yet reassuring presence while you allow your body to do what it is meant to do, safe in the knowledge that someone absolutely “has your back”.