My role as a Doula is to provide continuous emotional, physical and spiritual support during pregnancy, birth and your transition into parenthood. . As your Doula it's important to me that you and your partner feel safe, supported, loved, encouraged and fully informed.
Your childbirth experience matters regardless of the outcome, so it is important to me that you receive non-judgmental, one-on-one support so that you feel heard, respected, and cared for,
I work collaboratively with you and your partner and provide personalised support which can include showing your partner hands-on comfort measures for labour and discussing a variety of tools that work for you.
We will have 1-1 sessions together and I will be available for you anytime to support you emotionally and address your questions or concerns.
Birth is different from person to person, and it is essential to build a close relationship based on whanaungatanga (kinship, allowing a sense of belonging) so that you and your partner feel confident and fully supported in your decision making.
My aim as a Doula is for you to walk away from your birth experience truly remembering it as a positive experience regardless of what may have unfolded.
Support for Dads & Partners
For some dads/support people, seeing their partner distressed can feel intense and overwhelming. A doula knows is the normal process of birth and will not only provide support and to the mother but can help fathers/support people experience this special time with confidence by giving them emotional and physical support and reassurance, allowing them to concentrate all their energies on the māmā.
With a Doula present at the birth, dads can share in the birth at a level they feel most comfortable with. The Doula's skills and knowledge can help them feel more relaxed. If the dad wants to provide physical comfort such as back massage, change of positions or help the mum to stay focused during contractions, the Doula can provide guidance and make suggestions for what may work best.
A Doula does not replace an LMC (Lead Maternity Carer). Birth Doulas have non-medical skills. They do not perform clinical tasks, such as vaginal exams or fetal heart rate monitoring. Doulas do not diagnose medical conditions, offer second opinions, or give medical advice. The Doula is there to work alongside LMC's.
The Birth Doula service is a private service, with no government subsidy provided.
* prices are subject to change, this hourly rate includes travelling costs to/from your home if you are within a 15km radius of Hastings. If you are further afield, an appropriate charge for travel can be arranged.