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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: $2800

Your Pregnancy Journey Package ~ Embrace Your Unique Birth Experience

As your Doula I celebrate the uniqueness of every pregnancy journey. My personalised package is crafted to ensure you and your partner feel fully prepared for the beautiful experience of bringing your baby into the world.

What’s Included:

Antenatal Visits (2 Prenatal Sessions, Birth Doula Support & 1 Postnatal Checkin/Birth Debrief Session) 

  1. Connecting with You and Your Partner:
    • Uncover the nuances of your expectations for the birth experience, creating a roadmap that aligns with your vision.
    • Guide your partner in understanding their pivotal role, tailoring their involvement based on your preferences.
    • Equip both of you with essential tools and insights for labour, empowering you for the remarkable journey ahead.
  2. Building Comfort and Trust:
    • Address any fears or anxieties you may have, fostering an open dialogue to alleviate concerns.
    • Cultivate a comfortable and trusting relationship, establishing a solid foundation for seamless teamwork.
    • Leverage my expertise in HypnoBirthing, Lamaze, and Doula practices to provide a holistic and comprehensive preparation for the birth.

Session Highlights

Fear Exploration:

Embark on a journey to understand and address any fears that may accompany the anticipation of your upcoming birth. Our sessions provide a secure and judgment-free space for you to express your concerns. Together, we’ll navigate through these fears, fostering a sense of empowerment and tranquility as you approach the momentous day.

Relaxation Techniques and Coping Strategies:

Discover a tailored approach to relaxation that suits your unique needs. Learn personalised techniques designed to navigate the various stages of labour with confidence and composure. By incorporating effective coping strategies, you’ll build resilience, ensuring a more serene birthing experience.

Active Birth Positions and Comfort Measures:

Explore a variety of active birth positions that align with your preferences and comfort. Dive into an understanding of comfort measures, discovering what works best for you during labour. This exploration ensures that your birthing environment is optimised for both physical ease and emotional well-being.

Crafting Your Birth Plan:

My collaborative process involves crafting a comprehensive birth plan that goes beyond outlining preferences—it’s about education and informed decision-making. Together, we’ll delve into your birthing choices, ensuring you are well-informed and empowered to make decisions that resonate with your unique vision for the birthing experience.

Pain Coping Techniques:

Equip yourself with a repertoire of pain coping techniques tailored to your preferences. Whether it’s through mindfulness practices, breathing exercises, or other proven methods, we’ll work together to build a toolkit that enhances your ability to manage pain and discomfort during labor, fostering a more positive birthing experience.

Fourth Trimester Insight:

Extend your preparation beyond childbirth by delving into information about the fourth trimester. We’ll explore the crucial aspects of postpartum care, addressing topics such as newborn care, emotional well-being, and establishing a supportive environment for both you and your baby during this transformative period.

Continuous Support:

Enjoy the assurance of unlimited phone support during the early stages of labour, providing guidance and reassurance when you need it most. I will then join you at home/hospital once labour gets established and you need that extra in person support. Rest easy knowing I am on call 24/7 starting from 38 weeks, ready to offer continuous support throughout this transformative period.

These components are not just services; they are pillars of support designed to nurture your confidence, provide valuable knowledge, and create an environment where you can embrace the beauty of childbirth with strength and assurance, extending seamlessly into the fourth trimester.

Additional Support:

  • In-Home Assistance:
    • Experience physical, emotional, and informational support during active labour, ensuring a reassuring, safe and supportive environment.
    • I am also able to take photos if you wish of your birthing day, just please advise that you’d like that and I will do so if it doesn’t inhibit me from providing support to you which is my top priority.
  • Resource Access:
    • Enhance your learning with a diverse library of books and movies dedicated to pregnancy, and birth from my lending library.
  • Postpartum Follow-Up:
    • Schedule a postpartum visit to debrief the birth, discuss any concerns, and provide ongoing support.

Continuous Availability

  • Phone/Text Accessibility:
    • Reach out via phone or email throughout pregnancy and postpartum for any questions or concerns.

Special Considerations

This package is thoughtfully designed for second-time parents with prior independent prenatal birth education or first-time moms who have attended independent childbirth education.

Embark on Your Birthing Journey with Confidence and Personalised Support

Contact Me to schedule a no obligation free phone chat to see to begin the journey toward a positive birthing experience.

2Life Doula Package 2: $3000

Your Pregnancy Journey Package ~ Embrace Your Unique Birth Experience

As your Doula I celebrate the uniqueness of every pregnancy journey. My personalised package is crafted to ensure you and your partner feel fully prepared for the beautiful experience of bringing your baby into the world.

What’s Included:

Antenatal Visits (3 Prenatal Sessions, Birth Doula Support & 1 Postnatal Checkin/Birth Debrief Session)

  1. Connecting with You and Your Partner:
    • Uncover the nuances of your expectations for the birth experience, creating a roadmap that aligns with your vision.
    • Guide your partner in understanding their pivotal role, tailoring their involvement based on your preferences.
    • Equip both of you with essential tools and insights for labour, empowering you for the remarkable journey ahead.
  2. Building Comfort and Trust:
    • Address any fears or anxieties you may have, fostering an open dialogue to alleviate concerns.
    • Cultivate a comfortable and trusting relationship, establishing a solid foundation for seamless teamwork.
    • Leverage my expertise in HypnoBirthing, Lamaze, and Doula practices to provide a holistic and comprehensive preparation for the birth.

Session Highlights

Fear Exploration:

Embark on a journey to understand and address any fears that may accompany the anticipation of your upcoming birth. Our sessions provide a secure and judgment-free space for you to express your concerns. Together, we’ll navigate through these fears, fostering a sense of empowerment and tranquility as you approach the momentous day.

Relaxation Techniques and Coping Strategies:

Discover a tailored approach to relaxation that suits your unique needs. Learn personalised techniques designed to navigate the various stages of labour with confidence and composure. By incorporating effective coping strategies, you’ll build resilience, ensuring a more serene birthing experience.

Active Birth Positions and Comfort Measures:

Explore a variety of active birth positions that align with your preferences and comfort. Dive into an understanding of comfort measures, discovering what works best for you during labour. This exploration ensures that your birthing environment is optimised for both physical ease and emotional well-being.

Crafting Your Birth Plan:

My collaborative process involves crafting a comprehensive birth plan that goes beyond outlining preferences—it’s about education and informed decision-making. Together, we’ll delve into your birthing choices, ensuring you are well-informed and empowered to make decisions that resonate with your unique vision for the birthing experience.

Pain Coping Techniques:

Equip yourself with a repertoire of pain coping techniques tailored to your preferences. Whether it’s through mindfulness practices, breathing exercises, or other proven methods, we’ll work together to build a toolkit that enhances your ability to manage pain and discomfort during labor, fostering a more positive birthing experience.

Fourth Trimester Insight:

Extend your preparation beyond childbirth by delving into information about the fourth trimester. We’ll explore the crucial aspects of postpartum care, addressing topics such as newborn care, emotional well-being, and establishing a supportive environment for both you and your baby during this transformative period.

Continuous Support:

Enjoy the assurance of unlimited phone support during the early stages of labour, providing guidance and reassurance when you need it most. I will then join you at home/hospital once labour gets established and you need that extra in person support. Rest easy knowing I am on call 24/7 starting from 38 weeks, ready to offer continuous support throughout this transformative period.

These components are not just services; they are pillars of support designed to nurture your confidence, provide valuable knowledge, and create an environment where you can embrace the beauty of childbirth with strength and assurance, extending seamlessly into the fourth trimester.

Additional Support:

  • In-Home Assistance:
    • Experience physical, emotional, and informational support during active labour, ensuring a reassuring, safe and supportive environment.
    • I am also able to take photos if you wish of your birthing day, just please advise that you’d like that and I will do so if it doesn’t inhibit me from providing support to you which is my top priority.
  • Resource Access:
    • Enhance your learning with a diverse library of books and movies dedicated to pregnancy, and birth from my lending library.
  • Postpartum Follow-Up:
    • Schedule a postpartum visit to debrief the birth, discuss any concerns, and provide ongoing support.

Continuous Availability

  • Phone/Text Accessibility:
    • Reach out via phone or email throughout pregnancy and postpartum for any questions or concerns.

Special Considerations

This package is thoughtfully designed for first time parents with no prior independent prenatal birth education or second time mamas who have not attended any prior independent childbirth education.

Embark on Your Birthing Journey with Confidence and Personalised Support

Contact Me to schedule a no obligation free phone chat to see to begin the journey toward a positive birthing experience.


2Life Doula Package 3: HypnoBirthing® – The Mongan method + Doula Birth Attendance (with one postpartum home visit) $3250

  • HypnoBirthing® – The Mongan method group classes (Private classes for this package is $3200)
    You will be provided with your own copy of the HypnoBirthing book, HypnoBirthing– The Mongan Method
  • 5 information-packed group sessions unless you’ve opted for private 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 us to do so.
  • You will have access to our 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 once your in labour.
  • 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.

2Life Doula Package 4: birth boot camp classes + Doula Birth Attendance (with one postpartum home visit) $3250

You will participate in our group Birth Boot Camp 2 day comprehensive childbirth education classes

Topics outlined in the program are:

    • Hormones of labour, birth and postpartum
    • How fear and anxiety can play a role in your birthing day
    • The mind-body connection and its negative and positive impact in labour
    • Practical ‘tools’ to use in labour
    • How your partner can support you in labour
    • The natural process of labour & birth & the health-care practices that support it
    • Movement and positioning during labour & birth (Active Birth)
    • The role that pain plays in labour & a wide range of coping strategies for managing it
    • How to minimise fear & anxiety through mindfulness and relaxation practice
    • Birth Plan & Preferences
    • The rights of childbearing women
    • Medical interventions; indications, risks & alternatives
    • Communicating with your healthcare provider
    • Prenatal & Postpartum Nutrition
    • Breastfeeding
    • Postpartum expectations & self care
    • Local resources to support you during & after pregnancy

You will also receive:

Giving Birth with Confidence – Judith Lothian

Birth Boot Camp Workbook & USB with Relaxation Tracks

Handouts in class

Refreshments:

Morning & Afternoon Tea

Access to our private Facebook group with our Birth Boot Camp Community & Ongoing support

  • 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 our 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 once your in labour.
  • 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.
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