***Please note – I am not accepting any further bookings for birth support for 2016 or 2017. If you are looking for a doula, please feel free to contact me, and I can provide you with contact details of other doulas servicing the area. I am still running childbirth education workshops, so visit the Hypnobirthing page for upcoming dates.***

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

What you can expect:

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

  • provide you with 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 support for you partner;
  • support you during your post-birth period.

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.

Investment

Flexible Payment Options are available – please contact me to discuss.
All prices include GST.

Individual Sessions

$66/hr
  • Based on your individual needs.
  • Sessions may include:
  • discussion of your birth options;
  • assistance with the preparation of your birth preferences;
  • fear-release;
  • meditation/relaxation.

Doula Support

$990
  • 2-3 pre-birth visits (based on your needs);
  • discussion of your birth options and preferences for birthing;
  • assistance with the preparation of your birth preferences;
  • access to information and resources;
  • on 24/7 call from 2 weeks prior to your Estimated Due Date until your birth;
  • physical and emotional support at your birth (in the home and hospital – from the time you require me);
  • support for your partner;
  • post-birth support, including 1-2 visits (based on your needs).