Pregnancy and Birth

As a labour support doula, I have assisted moms during their pregnancy up to birth. I provide physiological labour support, information and care from 20 weeks up to the birth of their babies.  I provide information to the mother to assist her in making informed decisions in conjunction with her healthcare providers. In addition, I offer guidance and community resource referrals to families regarding maternal selfcare, lactation and other issues pertinent to healthy parenting and through the first two weeks postpartum.

I provide emotional, educational and physical support to families. In contrast to a doctor or a midwife that will tend to the clinical needs of the mother and infant during the laboring mom, whether in a birthing center, hospital or at a homebirth. As your doula, I bridge the maternity care role. Continuous labour support have been shown to have positive pregnancy outcome benefits, including improved satisfaction with the birth and a rise in the self-esteem of the mother. This could positively impact the mother- baby relationship in the postpartum period, as well as breastfeeding initiation and continuance (Gruber et al, 2013. Hodnet et al, 2012 and Klaus et al, 2002)

Natural Delivery Care:

Some data suggest that continuous labour support is beneficial to the mother and the baby. According to the World Health Organization, continuous delivery support can decrease the duration of labour, decrease the amount of pain medication used by the mother during delivery, lead to fewer operative births, and nurture a more satisfying birth experience.

Caesarean Delivery Care:

Here a doula will assist you to prepare emotionally for the surgery, assist you after surgery and help you with the skin to skin, establishing of the newborn microbiome and breastfeeding/ infant feeding support.

DOULA SERVICES

• Birth planning/ wishlist/ birthplan consultation session
• Private birth preparation class (What to expext/ comfort measures/ preparing your partner)
• Private prenatal breastfeeding information session

• Homebirth information sessions
• Prenatal relaxing massage
• Essential Oil custom mixed roller bottles for labour
• Rebozo sifting (30 minute sessions)

Birth Doula Services:

• Natural birth doula (Home birth, birthing centre, hospital)
• Cesearean doula services

Hospitals Serviced:

  • Life Wilgeheuwel
  • Life Fourways
  • Life Genesis
  • Life Flora
  • Sandton Mediclinic
  • Netcare Olivedale
  • Netcare Parklane

Midwife led- births at Birthing Centers

Homebirths (T’s and C’s apply. Please note that I unfortunately can’t assist with freebirthing births. I am not a medical practitioner and my Indemnity Insurance does not cover that.)

 

 

 

 

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