I believe that birth is not an illness or a condition, but an amazing, exciting event that is normal, natural and healthy.
Pregnancy, labour and birth have a profound effect on women and their families. It tis an experience that is never forgotten.
Women intuitively and instinctively know how to labour and give birth. Those caring and giving support to them, need to trust and respect that inner wisdom.
Women’s confidence and ability to give birth is either enhanced or diminished by those who care for her and by the environment she is in.
Women have a right to give birth free from routine medical interventions. If interventions become necessary, all information needed to support and understand the intervention, should be provided.
Women have the right to choose where and with whom they give birth.
Education empowers women to make informed choices in health care and to take responsibility of their own health and wellbeing.
I offer continuous emotional, physical and informational support to you and your partner while in labour. I will provide reassurance, make suggestions as labour progresses and help with relaxation, massage, positions and other techniques for your comfort. I am independent and self-employed. As your doula, I’m working with you and your partner. And I will try my best to incorporate your caregiver and the hospital staff so that we all work as a team for you. My goal is for you to have the best birth experience possible with a positive outcome, so that you can look back and have joyful birth memories. The majority of births I have been privileged to attend have been with couples. I like to reassure the partner that my role in no way takes away or replaces their role as the partner. Rather, my presence allows the partner to be involved to his/her own level of comfort and participation in this most amazing miracle that is the birth of your child.
Perform any clinical tasks, such as blood pressure, fetal heart checks, vaginal exams, and others, I am there to provide only physical comfort and emotional support.
Make decisions for you. I will help you get the information necessary to make an informed decision. About your care. I will honour your birth plan and will use that to assist you in making your decisions.
Speak to the staff on your behalf. I will discuss your concerns with you and suggest options but you or our partner will speak on our own behalf.