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Birth Doula

Birth Doula

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)”


DOULA SUPPORT

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.


2Life Doula Package 1: $1800

  • 2-3 Antenatal visits that will explore your needs and desires for birth, help your partner to prepare for his role in the birth, and provide you both with essential tools for labor and the birth of your baby. These visits also enable you to be comfortable with me so that I can know your needs, your fears and to create a good level of comfort and trust.
  • Sessions will also include discussing your fears coming up to the birth, relaxation techniques, birth preferences, active birth positions and any questions or concerns you might have.
  • We will have a session to prepare your birth plan which will outline what your preferences are for your birth and what choices are available to you.
  • I will provide you and your partner with unlimited support during labour. I will come to your home once your in active/established labour and stay with you till your baby is  born.
  • I will take pictures of the birth if you so wish for me to do so.
  • You will have access to my lending library of books and movies for resources about pregnancy, birth and baby care to enhance your learning.
  • I will be on call for your births from 38 weeks and contactable 24/7.
  • I will provide continuous physical, emotional, and informational support for you and your partner throughout pregnancy and the duration of labour, to aid you in achieving a positive birthing experience.
  • I will come and visit you for a postpartum follow-up visit to debrief your baby’s birth, discuss any concerns or questions you might have and just to check in.
  • Throughout your pregnancy and after your birth I will be available to you via telephone or email with any questions you may have.
  • I will provide you with a contact for a second experienced doula available as back up in case of illness.

2Life Doula Package 2: HypnoBirthing® – The Mongan method + Doula Birth Attendance (with one postpartum home visit) $2300

  • HypnoBirthing® – The Mongan method group classes (Private classes for this package is $2550)
    You will be provided with your own copy of the HypnoBirthing book, HypnoBirthing– The Mongan Method
  • 5 information-packed group sessions, helping you to understand birth physiology and how fear can impact your labour and birth which includes one private session in your home.
  • HypnoBirthing workbook with handouts and written scripts for your home practice
  • Mp3 for your relaxation, stress reduction, and bonding (Including the program cornerstone track, Rainbow Relaxation)
  • Handouts for planning your birth preferences and a comprehensive session which we will go through your choices in birth and your birth preferences in further detail.
  • A set of Birth Prompts for your birth Companion
  • Demonstration and practice in optimal birth positions
  • Several deep relaxation techniques for use during birthing, plus well-paced instruction designed to build your confidence and help you to have a safer, easier, and more comfortable birthing
  • Special calm breathing methods for use throughout labor and during birth.
  • I will provide you and your partner with unlimited support during labour. I will come to your home once your in active/established labour and stay with you till your baby is  born.
  • I will take pictures of the birth if you so wish for me to do so.
  • You will have access to my lending library of books and movies for resources about pregnancy, birth and baby care to enhance your learning.
  • I will be on call for your births from 38 weeks and contactable 24/7.
  • I will provide continuous physical, emotional, and informational support for you and your partner throughout pregnancy and the duration of labour, to aid you in achieving a positive birthing experience.
  • I will come and visit you for a postpartum follow-up visit to debrief your baby’s birth, discuss any concerns or questions you might have and just to check in.
  • Throughout your pregnancy and after your birth I will be available to you via telephone or email with any questions you may have.
  • I will provide you with a contact for a second experienced doula available as back up in case of illness.

2Life Doula Package 3: Lamaze Childbirth Education + Doula Birth Attendance (with one postpartum home visit) $2300

You will participate in 5 Lamaze based group classes which includes one private session in your home.

The Lamaze Childbirth Education is one of the most accredited evidence based childbirth education program:

Topics outlined in the program are:

  • The hormones of labour
  • How to ward off fear and anxiety during birth
  • Relaxation and mindfulness practices
  • Prenatal & Postpartum nutrition
  • The normal, natural process of labour and birth, and health-care practices that support it
  • The rights of childbearing woman
  • The important role that pain plays in labour and a wide variety of coping strategies for managing it
  • How your partner can support you during labour
  • Movement and positioning during labour and birth
  • Medical interventions and their indications, risks and alternatives and help you make your own birth preferences
  • How to communicate with your healthcare provider
  • Breastfeeding
  • Postpartum expectations and self care
  • Local resources to support you during and after pregnancy

You will also receive:

Lamaze Guide Book ‘Giving Birth With Confidence’

A folder for all your materials throughout the course and handouts on all the related topics to review at home

A relaxation cd for your home practice

Birth videos and movies to watch at home on your USB

  • I will provide you and your partner with unlimited support during labour. I will come to your home once your in active/established labour and stay with you till your baby is  born.
  • I will take pictures of the birth if you so wish for me to do so.
  • You will have access to my lending library of books and movies for resources about pregnancy, birth and baby care to enhance your learning.
  • I will be on call for your births from 38 weeks and contactable 24/7.
  • I will provide continuous physical, emotional, and informational support for you and your partner throughout pregnancy and the duration of labour, to aid you in achieving a positive birthing experience.
  • I will come and visit you for a postpartum follow-up visit to debrief your baby’s birth, discuss any concerns or questions you might have and just to check in.
  • Throughout your pregnancy and after your birth I will be available to you via telephone or email with any questions you may have.
  • I will provide you with a contact for a second experienced doula available as back up in case of illness.
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