2LIFE DOULA SUPPORT
“There is ample research on the benefits of doulas at births. (Hodnett, 2013) When the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) released their groundbreaking “Safe Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Delivery” Obstetric Care Consensus Statement in February 2014, one of their key recommendations to reduce the primary cesarean rate in the USA was the continuous presence of a doula at a birth. (Caughey, 2014)”
A birth doula is a person trained and experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth.
The word “doula” comes from ancient Greek, meaning “Woman’s servant”. Throughout history and in much of the world today, a cadre of women support a woman through labor and birth, giving back rubs and providing continuous emotional support.
A doula provides support and uninterrupted care for a woman in labour. I meet with the mother and her partner a few times before the birth. I will be in contact with you during early labor and will come and be with you when your labour has started establishing into active labour. I will accompany both you and your partner throughout labor and delivery. I will provide physical and emotional support, comfort and pain-coping measures, encouragement, and aid your partner in being able to support you to the best of his ability. I will advocate for the mother and her partner and help them make informed decisions. After the birth, I will visit you at your home or hospital to see if you need to debrief the birth or aid you with any resources you may need during the postpartum period.
I deeply understand, trust, and respect the process of labour and birth. My goal is to support the emotional and physical journey of the mother and her partner. At all times I strive to provide the best possible experience for the family that I am supporting and ease their transition into parenthood.
Servicing Brisbane & Gold Coast
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“Moran is an exceptional doula. I had my fourth baby with her and wish I could have had all my babies with her. She was warm, caring, generous and informative. She offers 3 sessions before the birth and provided so much knowledge and information. Even just with this I felt she was worth every penny. Her office in red hill is beautifully presented and my husband and I felt very comfortable. I felt so safe, calm and supported with Moran. She came to my house when I went into labour and came with me to the hospital. This was my most peaceful and beautiful birth. The energy in the room was beautiful. He was a 4.5kg baby and I birthed him naturally – Moran held my hand and provided calm and beautiful encouragement. My baby is 3 months now and I am enjoying him so much and I know that on a emotional level feeling supported in pregnancy and birth has helped with that. I truly feel that what Moran did for our family was priceless. I can not recommend her highly enough. She will be one of the best decisions you ever make.”
When I was anxious from being 2 weeks past my due date, when I was exhausted from a LONG labour, and when I was surrounded by hospital staff who would not give personal advice due to the fear of being sued; Moran was truly an irreplaceable asset. The greatest value of having Moran on my birthing team was that I could ask her ‘what would you do’ and she would always reply directly. Moran knew what I wanted and what I believed in, and she would give a straight response in relation to my goals.
Throughout the long wait for my baby to arrive, the 4 days of labour, an OB telling me I absolutely had to induce and get an epidural, 4 days of exhaustion and hunger, and doctors trying to interfere with my birthing experience- Moran was there supporting both myself and my partner. Because of her I did not feel alone, overwhelmed, or fearful.
On the day, she was with me for nearly 24 hours, supported me on difficult decisions, got me a vomit bag just in time, fed me coconut water, fetched many warm blankets, and even snapped photos of the moment my daughter was born. We are so thankful to have had Moran on our birthing team. As my partner says, ‘we would’ve been f*ckd without Moran!’
Moran is the best doula a woman (or in my case man/husband) could ask for! Her Hypnobirthing course enabled my wife to prepare for her birthing day with confidence and Morans birth support was simply irreplaceable. WE OWE OUR BEAUTIFUL BIRTH TO MORAN!!! Endless thanks, and we look forward to working with her for round 2!!! Don’t hesitate to engage with Moran, you will not be disappointed.
I engaged Moran to be my doula for the birth of my second child as I liked her intelligence, warmth and professionalism. I felt she had a great balance of assertiveness and diplomacy to help support me in a hospital setting. I also really valued her evidence based approach to birth decision making and the resources she provided to help me educate myself. I would recommend Moran’s services if you are wanting to create the possibility of a low intervention, risk assessed, evidence based natural birth for yourself and your child.
I had Moran support me through the birth of my second son – an attempted vbac. The support, information and techniques she shared with us were amazingly helpful and empowering. While I didn’t have a successful vbac I still felt very comfortable with MY choice for the way the birth turned out. A lot of the information and techniques also helped my husband know what to do to assist me during the labour and prepare him for aspects of labour he didn’t experience or fully understand the first time round.
Nine months ago I had no idea what a doula was or what they did. Now I struggle to find words to describe just how grateful my wife and I are that we had Moran as our doula for the preparation and birth of our first child. Moran’s hypnobirthing classes were extremely informative that not only prepared us mentally but empowered us to strive for the type of birth we wanted. Having her by our side for almost all of the 23 hour long labour took a lot of the stress away from not only my wife but myself as well. From the moment we met Moran we immediately felt comfortable with her. There is no one else we would rather have be a part of such an incredible moment of our lives. I would give 10 stars if I could.
I knew I wanted a doula to support me through my pregnancy and the birth of my first child. I found Moran after some googling and from her website I felt like she was just what I was looking for so I called her and arranged to meet. Coincidentally in the following weeks she was recommended to me by two women I met so I felt the world was pointing me to Moran. Moran is just lovely. She is a genuinely caring, beautiful soul who clearly loves what she does. The sessions we had in the lead up to the birth made my husband and I feel well prepared, safe and empowered. Moran gave me great confidence in my body and its ability to bring my baby safely into the world. When Moran came to meet us for the birth, my husband and I felt instantly relaxed knowing we were in good hands. We can’t thank Moran enough and I’m so grateful to her for such a positive birth experience.
I can’t recommend highly enough to have Moran as a doula. It was really a bliss to have her guiding us and giving me all the reinforcement and light during our first baby’s birth. On top of the support on the big day, the hypnobirthing classes provided my husband and I the confidence to believe we could do it together in a calm environment. We are so grateful of having found Moran to be part of our journey. We felt the love and support we were looking for!
I don’t think you could find a nicer person to be your doula. Moran helped both me and my husband immensely & we couldn’t be more grateful. 4 months postpartum and I feel like I’ve gained a friend, someone I can trust wholeheartedly.
My husband and I hired Moran for both hypno birthing classes and her doula services. We live in the logan catchment and Moran was happy to support us at home as well as the logan hospital. With her love, support, education and encouragement we had an amazing birth experience. Definitely recommended ???