birth & labour support
How I support you through labour & birth;
Prior to your birth, we will have prenatal sessions in which we prepare for labour. We establish your response to pain/stress, comfort measures that will assist you through labour, breathing techniques, birth education, optimal birthing positions, assisting your partner in supporting you and so much more. You receive foot and hand massages, nourishing tea, and I take you through a guided meditation to relax your mind. We also go over and create your birth plan to ensure you have an idea of how you wish for your birth to unfold, as well as your birthing team.
I am on-call for you 24/7 during the month of your expected birth. I will come as soon as you call me, and will be there for the entire duration of your labour, whether you are at home or in hospital. I will remain with you for 2 - 3 hours after your baby arrives.
I create your ideal birthing space with dimmed light, electronic candles, gentle music and essential oils. I use holistic modalities to support you through contractions/labour such as rebozo, acupressure, heat/cold therapy, aromatherapy and massage.
I help keep you nourished and hydrated to maintain your energy with light snacks. I help to support your partner in his role for your labour. I help you with different positions, keeping you as relaxed and comfortable as possible, and reminding you of your innate, divine birthing ability.
Above all, I will never judge – this is your labour and birth, and I will support you no matter what.
Labour statistics with a doula present...
- 25% shorter labour
- 60% reduction in epidural requests
- 30% reduction in analgesia use
- 40% reduction in forceps delivery
- 50% reduction in caesarean rate
- 30% reduction in synthetic oxytocin use
"If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to
John H. Kennell