0409 359 924 elyse@somabirth.com.au

I work with women/couples who are truly committed to working towards their positive birth.

I absolutely want you to have a kick-arse birth, BUT I can’t do the work for you. So, from the get-go I want you to understand that if you employ me as your doula:

  • I will support you through your decision making, but I won’t make decisions for you.
  • I will encourage you to do your research, but I can’t do that for you (I will help you).
  • I will support your partner to support you, and I will not take the place of your partner (I will support you both).

If you are securing me as your birth doula, I also want you to undertake the Hypnobirthing Australia™ Childbirth Education Course. Why? Because I have seen firsthand (and experienced firsthand) the positive difference it makes. Not keen on doing this? That’s okay! I am happy for you to attend another type of quality independent childbirth education course, or I can help you secure another doula who is better suited to your needs. No worries! Or, if you’re just seeking a little extra support in the lead up to your birth, I am happy to work with you for one-on-one sessions. Feel free to contact me to discuss all of your options. 

So, what is a doula?

A doula (birth attendant/birth support person) is a woman who supports women (and their birth partners) throughout their pregnancy and birth.  A doula will usually meet with the birthing woman several times in the lead-up to her birth, provide ongoing support (in person) at the birth, and also assist the woman in her post-birth period.

Why have a doula?

In a review of twenty-two trials involving 15,288 women, Hodnett et al concluded the following:

“Women who received continuous labour support were more likely to give birth ‘spontaneously’, i.e. give birth with neither caesarean nor vacuum nor forceps. In addition, women were less likely to use pain medications, were more likely to be satisfied, and had slightly shorter labours. Their babies were less likely to have low five-minute Apgar scores. No adverse effects were identified. We conclude that all women should have continuous support during labour.”

Birth Support - Phillip Island Doula
Birth Support - Phillip Island Doula

What you can expect:

As your doula, I will first and foremost respect your choices.  I will also (at your request):

  • help you to find information and resources so you and your partner can make informed birth choices;
  • assist you in preparing your birth preferences;
  • help you to ease any fears and concerns you may have leading up to your birth;
  • provide physical and emotional support during your birth;
  • provide hypnobirthing support in the lead up and during your birth;
  • provide support for your partner.

As your doula, I will not:

  • provide any medical advice.  All medical discussions are to be had with your GP, midwife, or obstetrician. Having said that, I am always happy to discuss medical options with you and to assist you in sourcing information and resources so that you can make informed decisions;
  • make choices/decisions for you.


Flexible Payment Options are available.
Other packages can be created, based on your needs.
Individual pre-birth sessions also available.
Please contact me to discuss your options.