A Doula (pronounced 'doola') is a Greek word meaning caregiver. It now refers to experienced women who offer emotional and practical support to women and their families before, during and after childbirth. It is all about 'Mothering the Mother'.
HB Doulas is a Hawkes Bay business aimed to give informational, emotional and physical support to Hawkes Bay women and their families during pregnancy and beyond. I have been in the business of antenatal education since 2004 and thoroughly enjoy meeting loads of fabulous fledgling families.
I started HB Doula's to encourage women's innate faith and confidence in their ability to birth in the way that they choose. To help them prepare a safe and non-threatening environment for the birth of their baby and to give them the tools to successfully labour, give birth and enjoy becoming a parent.
Over the years I have offered emotional and practical support, education, wisdom and assistance to encourage a positive transition to changed family life with a newborn. I endeavour to offer non-judgemental and supportive advice and provide families with the information needed for them to make informed choices.
I am the mother of two amazing young men. Joshua had a peaceful birth in Ata Rangi Hastings in 2000 with just my midwife and his father present and Alexander was born at home in 2002 with the same birthing team and an extra midwife. There is 21 months between my kids so life, as they have been growing up, has been very busy. Most days they love each other to death!
I am a trained Child Birth Educator through Aoraki Polytechnic in Timaru NZ and completed my Postnatal Doula qualification with CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association) USA. I have been teaching classes since 2006 and over this time have had the privilege to attend many births in my role as a Birth Doula and to have met hundreds of budding families in antenatal class. I've been a La Leche League Breastfeeding Peer Counsellor since 2012.
I also work as an Educator for Brainwave Trust Aotearoa. It's an amazing organisation, promoting the importance of healthy experiences in the life of a child, particularly in the first three years, in order to grow a healthy brain. I am an accredited Early Years, Adolescents and Schools Programme Educator.
I also love professional development, It it really important that I keep up to date and current with what is happening in the areas in which I work.
For 2018 I went to the following: Brainwave Schools Educators Hui, Jackie Wheeler - Tongue Tie talk, Robin Grille - How To Get Your Kids To Do Stuff seminar, Brainwave Conference - Advancing Effective Child-Centred Practice, International Doula Conference in Melbourne, PADA Seminar Series, Neil Foxcroft - Chinese Medicine and Children talk, Wayne Prince - Compassionate Communication workshop, Leanne Wait - Pelvic Floor Focus workshop, Rachel Garnham's - Hassle-Free Periods and Hello Cup evening, Brainwave National Hui, New Zealand College of Midwives Biennial Conference and Spinning Babies 2 Day Conference with Ginny Phang (this would have to be my high of the year).
For 2019 so far I have been to: Brainwave Schools Educators Hui, Filipa Hope - Communication for Connection 2 day workshop, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder course, Vicki Culling - Perinatal and Infant Loss 1 day training, International Doula Conference in Ballina, Australia and 2 x 4 day practicums for study this year. I'm booked into a Spinning Babies workshop in September too.
2019 has been pretty exciting!
This year I have been studying with Natural Fertility NZ and over the next two years will complete their diploma course. This will mean I will have a greater understanding round women's fertility and be able to provide education to women and families on fertility awareness and natural family planning. It's a fabulous service for me to be able to provide to the women of HB and I can't wait to complete my first year of study. The course has been so incredibly interesting so far.
I feel very passionate about the importance of parenting and the challenges it creates. I'm still excited about working as an Educator, being involved in the world of birth and the products I offer and look forward to what the future offers.
HB Doulas Director
cell: 027 677 5241