My Birthing Philosophy
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! I support whatever medications you should choose in labour – sometimes they are a life saver!
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.
Did you know...
The Support of a Doula…
– enhances ability to produce endorphins (body’s natural pain killer)
– enhances the mother’s self-confidence and belief in her body to birth
– enhances the feelings of security and assurance in a vulnerable time
– reduces negative feelings towards one’s childbirth experience
– reduces interventions, leading to labours with fewer complications
– reduces the need for epidurals, lowering cesarean birth rates
– reduces postpartum depression