"Just as a woman's heart knows how and when to pump, her lungs to inhale, and her hand to pull back from fire, so she knows when and how to give birth"
-Virginia Di Orio
I feel very strongly about safeguarding normal birth. I want women to know that birth is a natural, normal and physiological function for healthy women and their babies and as such, it need not be feared.
As your doula, I will provide emotional care and practical assistance to you and your partner during labour and the early postnatal period. My support to you is unconditional. It involves listening, not judging. It involves offering a hug, touch, a shoulder to lean on. I am there to help you discover your own strength, to help you awaken your innate birthing power and make you realise that you can indeed help yourself. I will educate you on your options and help you know and voice your birth rights. I will hold space for you and make sure that your birthing environment is everything you envision it to be and need it to be in that very moment. I will make you feel safe because when you feel safe, respected and in control, your body will function normally, gently and calmy.
It’s my promise to you as your doula to stay calm, be gentle and have an open heart.
Your birthing day is everything. It’s your moment, your birth and I will never take for granted just how much of a privilege it is to be invited in to witness it.
If you think you would like to have me present on your birthing day, please call me so we can arrange a time to meet up in person and discuss your options x
studies have shown that having a doula as a member of the birth team decreases the overall cesarean rate by 50%, the length of labor by 25%, the use of oxytocin by 40%, and requests for an epidural by 60%