When should I book a doula?
You can book a doula at the start of pregnancy, the middle or the end. No matter where you are in your journey, there will be a doula who can help (hopefully it’s me!).
Will you make the decisions for my birth?
Definitely not. I will ensure that you have all the knowledge you need to make informed decisions about your birth. I’ll be there to help you and answer questions but ultimately you, and only you, are in charge of your body.
Am I allowed to have a doula at the hospital?
Absolutely. I would recommend letting your midwife or doctor know that I will be part of your birth team.
Will you support me if i have pain relief?
Yes! I will support you fully through your labour no matter what decision you make along the way. This is YOUR birth. We can discuss strategies for positioning etc. if you choose to have an epidural.
What is so good about having a doula?
Well, I could waffle on about how awesome I am, but instead i’ll provide you with some cold hard facts.
According to Bohren et al (2013), with continuous support from a doula there was a:
39% decrease in caesarean section.
15% increase in the likelihood of spontaneous vaginal birth.
10% decrease in pain relief medication.
38% decrease in the baby’s risk of a low five minute Apgar score.
31% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience.
What if my baby comes early?
Don’t panic. I am always prepared for this scenario, and I will be there whenever your little one decides to make their entrance.
Do you support hypnobirthing?
Yes! I am a trained Hypnobirthing Australia supportive caregiver. I have also used hypnobirthing myself for my third birth.
What qualifications do you have?
I have completed Angela Gallo’s bite size Dynamo Doula course, and I am currently training with Childbirth International and the Doula Training Academy. I will be finished both courses in 2020. Additionally, I am currently completing a bachelors degree in midwifery through Charles Darwin University.
I also hold the following:
– HLTAID003 – First aid & CPR
– Working with children
– Criminal record screening
– Police clearance
– Manual handling
– Up to date vaccinations
Do you replace my partner?
No way! Although I am there for you, partners can also benefit from the presence of a doula. Often partners become more involved as they have the guidance of their doula helping them with techniques. I can also swap out with your partner if they needed to take a break. I will support you both, and part of our prenatal sessions will cover how your partner can be more involved.
What don’t doulas do?
I know, doulas sound like a jack of all trades in the birthing world, however, there are somethings we can’t do. I cannot perform any clinical tasks such as vaginal exams and heart rate monitoring. This can be confusing for some as I am a student midwife, but i must always work within my scope of practice for whichever role i am working under. I will also not speak to your care provider on your behalf regarding medical decisions. I will provide you with all the information you need to advocate for yourself, and I’ll be there to hold your hand while you do it.
Can you take photos if you’re my doula?
There are times during labour where I will be supporting you physically, however there are other times where you will be in your zone and to leave you alone and simply hold space is my best support. In these times I see many special moments unfold. These are what I like to capture, so you can reminisce on the day you first met your little one.