I am so passionate about wanting women to be educated and empowered
in their birth and motherhood journey.
So much so, I became a doula!
I completed my doula studies with the Australian Doula College, Australia's premier doula training organisation. I am on the Homebirth NSW committee managing the events and fundraising, and am a member of the Doula Network Australia.
I live in the Sutherland Shire with my husband, 2 step-sons and toddler. We also have a dog and 2 cats. I grew up in Bathurst before moving to the Gold Coast and France before settling in Sydney.
I am a pregnancy, birth & post-partum doula servicing Sydney suburbs including the Sutherland Shire, St George, Bankstown, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs as well as the Wollongong and Illawarra regions. I support all types of births in all types of environments, including home birth, birth centres and both public & private hospitals.
WHAT does a doula do?
A doula is a support person for a woman who is giving birth.
A doula's main role is to encourage self-confidence in women who are giving birth.
We do this by supporting the woman and her family with information and practical and emotional care during pregnancy birth, and post-partum.
Doula support can make a huge difference for a woman giving birth.
Doulas nurture and support a woman throughout labour and birth. We provide continuous care to the mother no matter what decisions the mother makes on how she gives birth.
A doula's role and agenda is tied solely to the birthing woman's needs. Our primary responsibility is to you and what you want, not to hospital/doctor/midwife etc.
A doula provides support in 4 key ways:
Physical - helping with positions/massage/warmth to manage pain
Emotional - continuous presence, reassurance and care
Informational - evidence based information, explain medical terms
Advocacy - encouragement and support for the woman's wishes
Having a doula may decrease:
Epidural use by 60%
Cesarean birth by 50%
Pitocin use by 40%
Narcotics use by 30%
Length of labour by 25%
(Klaus & Kennell research)