Are you a midwife?
No, I’m not a midwife and I do not perform any medical tasks. My role is to provide physical, emotional, and informational support to you and your partner before, during & after birth.
When in my pregnancy should I book a doula?
It is never too early to contact and book a Doula! Booking earlier, just gives us more time to get to know each other as well as more time for you to work out what you want for your birth and to feel supported throughout your whole pregnancy. Plus contacting and/or booking early, also gives you a greater chance of my availability.
What areas of Perth do you cover with your services?
I am based in Ocean Reef (near Joondalup), and service the Perth metro area. I support you in the location of your choice, whether that be at home, birth centre or hospital.
What about my birth partner?
I support your birth partner too and don’t replace them (unless you don’t have one). We will have at least one of our prenatal visits together with your birth partner, to ensure we’re all on the same page and aware of your wishes for labour & birth.
Do you make decisions on our behalf?
This is your birth and the decisions come down to you. Throughout our prenatal visits, I will give you the knowledge & tools you’ll need to make informed choices for your labour & birth, and we’ll create your birth preferences together. This ensures, that come you birthing day, you are able to fully let go & focus on birthing your baby! Your partner & I will then be there to advocate for your birth preferences if you wish.
Does a Doula only support natural births?
I support and respect any kind of birth you may choose and work with you through any twists and turns your birth may take. Furthermore, if natural birth is not possible due to necessity or your informed choice, we will prepare your body, mind & spirit to embrace your birth in a beautiful & positive way.
Can you attend my birth in a Private hospital?
Yes! Absolutely! Doulas can work in any hospital in WA. Most obstetricians are very supportive of the woman’s right to chose their support people for labour & birth.
I plan to have an epidural; can I still benefit from having you as my Doula?
Definitely! My role as a doula is to support you and your choices no matter what they are. Also, my guidance & knowledge of optimal maternal positioning (OMP) techniques can be really helpful for labour progress when an epidural is in place.
If you have any more questions, I’d love to hear from you 🙂