My Birthing Philosophy

Becoming a birth and postpartum doula has been fueled by my passion for working with people and the miracle of pregnancy and birth. This, combined with my own experience of having needed better birth support, gives me a great desire to see women/couples have a positive, rewarding birth and postpartum experience as they grow their families!
 
Giving birth is one of the most intimate and vulnerable moments in life. When a woman feels surrounded by the support she needs, it will be a positive, life-giving, memorable experience, even if it’s hard!  One of the wonderful benefits of having a doula is the presence of another woman in the room who is trained and skilled in labour, has intuitiveness needed to care and give encouragement, has the objectiveness and skills needed to keep labour moving forward, and also help the partner/Dad to be the best partner possible and look after him as well! With my added postpartum training, I give the continuity  of care after the birth to ensure a smoother transition to home and extra help with breastfeeding and needs around the home. 

I am a strong believer in the psychology of labour, to believe in yourself, your body, and the ability to work together as one, mentally and physically.  Our bodies are an incredible creation and we need to believe in it’s ability! Working through labour is a huge mental process – your perspective on what your body can do, your perspective on labour pain and what’s happening inside of you and your attitude, are a few of the ways that can strongly effect (negatively or positively) the way your body will labour and birth your baby.  Women are strong (even when they think they aren’t) and it can be a very empowering experience birthing a baby! You can do this! (Please note that I support whatever medications you should choose in labour!)
 
My life experiences have taken me to many places in the world, so I also have a desire to help those from other cultures/countries give birth in ours, helping them to know what to expect, talking about the barriers they may face, giving support when family is far away.
Trish Pritchard