Birth Doula Services
A Birth Doula prepares you for birth and is a continuous support for you and your birth partner during your birthing day. To achieve this, first and foremost, I will provide you with a complementary consultation. Should you then wish to make use of my services my birth doula package includes the following:
- 1 Prenatal visit
During this period I schedule a home visit to go over questions, address any concerns you may have, and discuss your birth wishes. I can also help you create a birth plan if you so choose.
- 24/7 On call availability
Provided by myself as well as my back up generally 2 weeks prior and 2 weeks post your estimated due date.
- Availability via phone / email
I’m there to answer any questions that might arise during the course of your pregnancy and/or the beginning stages of labor. Please contact me after every appointment with your caregiver to let me know how you & baby are doing.
- Dedicated labour support during birth – until after breastfeeding established
As you labour, I take on a supportive, informative and encouraging role to help you fulfill your specific birth desires. It is my goal that you experience a positive and safe birth. If, due to circumstances beyond my control I am unable to be with you, I will send a back up Doula (details of my back up Doula will be given to you closer to your EDD).
For up to 2 hours after birth, I will spend some time helping you begin the breastfeeding process and encouraging bonding between you and your new baby.
- 1 Postpartum visit
During the first 2 weeks following birth I will check in on you and your baby’s well-being while keeping healthy postpartum and newborn proceedings and development in mind. Should you need assistance following this visit I will provide you with references to other postnatal support professionals.
My goal is to support the families in our areas to have the birth they desire. No matter what you choose is best for your family, I support it. I offer unconditional support to families in Northern Suburbs, Cape Town seeking home and hospital birth (Government and Private).
“GIVING BIRTH SHOULD BE YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT, NOT YOUR GREATEST FEAR.” JANE WEIDEMAN
My services are customized to the needs of the birthing mom and her support team should she have one.
Emotional Support is often defined by helping create a birth plan that includes a woman’s unique communication style and gives her confidence in voicing her needs.
Physical comfort measures can include: massage, labour positions, optimal fetal positioning, aromatherapy, acupressure, deep relaxation and visualization techniques.
Advocacy includes helping a woman to resource the community of birth services and facilitating her birth plan into action.
Doulas do not perform clinical tasks, like fetal heart tone assessment or cervical examinations.
During our initial conversation we go over all of your questions and the services I provide in detail including fees and when payment is due. There is no obligation or pressure to commit until the contract has been signed.
Please note there is a difference in fees for natural vaginal birth vs caesarean birth.