The role of a doula is to provide continuous emotional and physical support for Mum and her birth partner throughout labour, birth and the early days of parenting.
With vast experience, Jo has had the pleasure of being part of many births since 2007 in a range of settings. Jo can offer help and suggestions for different comfort measures in labour including breathing, relaxation, movement, acupressure, homeopathy and labour positions. Often, Jo will also support the birth mothers’ partner in order to better support Mum.
One of the benefits of choosing Jo is that you can call her at any time during your labour when you are ready for her to come and support you. Normally, she will be with you within an hour of your call. Jo will support you with your choice in how you want to birth without speaking for you, making decisions for you or projecting her own opinions or values onto you. She will be there to give you information and to support you on this very special day.
Jo believes all women have the power and courage to birth their babies with ease. Often, women just need some reassurance and empowerment to find that strength and power from within. It truly is Jo’s pleasure and honour to be invited to share such a special time and be allowed to hold space for women to birth their babies.
Doula package $1500
$500 deposit payable at time of booking $500 paid at 32 weeks,
then balance due at 37 weeks.
What is included
- 2-3 antenatal appointments
- Support for the birth
- Homeopathic remedies used during labour
- 2 post-natal appointments
- extra appointments available at $60/hour
Give Jo a call if you would like to discuss anything about your birth, understand more about the role of a Doula or even if you just want to have a chat.
What is a Doula?
A doula provides continuous care to a woman throughout her labour, helping to make a more beautiful and satisfying experience. She gives words of encouragement and provides comfort measures and reassurance. During labour, she assists with positioning, massage and ways to decrease neocortical stimulation so labour can progress. She facilitates communication with other members of the birth team and provides information when necessary to the parents so they can make informed decisions.
Often the Doula will be in the background making sure all the little things are there for mum and providing support just when you need it.
Did you know that women that birth with a doula has
- shorter labours?
- use less pain medication?
- have fewer interventions?
- less C-sections?
Does the Doula replace the partner of the birthing mum?
A doula is there to support both the birthing mum and their partner. The doula does not take away from that special job of a support person. Instead, they are there to help out and assist the support person so that they can be there for mum when she needs them most.
Does a doula replace a midwife?
No, a doula does not replace a midwife. A doula does not perform any clinical procedures.
As a doula, Jo does not do the following
- Perform clinical procedures (blood pressure, fetal heart monitoring, vaginal exams medications)
- Make decisions for clients, but rather give information so they can make informed decisions.
- Speak to the medical staff when decisions are being made. Such communication must be directly between birthing parents and their caregivers.
- Guarantee you a “perfect”, intervention-free or painless birth. Circumstances may arise which dictate a marked departure from your Birth Plan. Therefore, Jo does not assume responsibility for the outcome of the birth, professionally or personally, but she can be there to help make it safe and as beautiful as possible.