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What is a Birth Doula?
A birth doula is someone who you choose to walk the journey of pregnancy and childbirth alongside you. You can book a birth doula at any stage in pregnancy, the earlier you decide, the longer the support!
A birth doula supports the whole family, including your partner and any siblings and other family and friends whom you invite to be a part of your birth experience. I believe in a “doula for all women” Having lived in Asia and experiencing the honour to work with many nationalities I have witnessed many cultural traditions and ceremonies surrounding pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting. I speak various languages and dream that each woman can access a doula that suits her preference.
A doula enhances a woman’s ability to feel comfortable and safe during the birthing time. A birth keeper “holds the space” around the woman and her partner and companions so that they can remain in the right zone to birth their baby smoothly. This may be in a highly medical situation in hospital, or in her own home. Doulas support all preferences for birth, from homebirth to elective caesarean and everything in between.
“Having Lina by my side made the birth of my second (a VBAC*) a lot more manageable. She gave me confidence and solace..." - Emma 2011
What about my partner?
A doula does not replace anybody. Often husbands and partners question why a doula is needed. Doulas support partners too, especially during labour when often the “plans” and expectations can go in unexpected directions.
Having attended more than 1000 births myself I have a lot of experience but it’s not my birth! I’m not emotionally involved. Accompanying someone you care about deeply through the transitions of pregnancy and birth can sometimes be overwhelming. Doulas give a reassuring confidence to birth partners and facilitate the best support in each unique circumstance.
Doulas don’t give advice but I have lots of “tools” in my memory and experience that I can share with women and their birth partners, all to enable the best experience for all. Doulas listen, enable, facilitate, signpost to information, serve.
It’s worth interviewing a few doulas to see who is the right fit for your family and what support they can offer each of you.
“Birth matters! It certainly mattered to me and so I decided to have a supported birth with midwives. Today, when I re-call both the births that I have had there is a sense of immense joy and ecstasy that I feel within.
Much of what I feel about my birthing experience is because I found such an excellent support in Lina, she supported me all throughout my pregnancy and labours.
My first birth was quick but the second one was over 24 hours at 41+5 weeks of gestation. My second birth could go as planned just because my midwives were there by my side all throughout. The confidence, belief and positivity they gave in the birthing process helped me get what I wanted and what every woman deserves... a positive birth!!" - Mansi 2014, 2015
What is a Postnatal Doula?
Having a baby is exciting. The pregnancy is a build up to the birth. Some women have family or close friends nearby and a network of support is a strong factor in their life. “It takes a village” is a well-known phrase for being surrounded by a community that helps us grow our children together.
In the west we have mostly lost this beneficial way of life and often women find themselves quite stranded and alone, with a tiny human being and a complete life-altering state of parenting.
"I coudn't have asked for any thing more comforting and reassuring than to be in the care of such highly professional and compassionate women for the birth of my second born son. Nhing and Lina were calm, confident and ensured I had an absolutely fearless, powerful, uninhibited and safe home birthing experience in a water pool. My family and I feel blessed for having crossed paths with Lina for she transformed the experience of birthing from being painful to being empowering." - Padmaja 2013
A postnatal doula rocks up at your home as many times a week that works for you. You decide what you want and need for support. This may change each day. Often it’s a cup of tea and a listening ear, someone to tell your joys and struggles to. Doulas have varying skills to offer, including practical support.
Before the baby arrives it’s good to meet a few doulas and see who is a good fit. If I’m your chosen postnatal doula, then we sit and work out what days you would like me to come and timings and things that may be helpful to your unique situation.