Women supporting women during birth is the most ancient mode of care and has existed since the beginning of time.
The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2017) explains in detail how continuity of care from a doula is one of the most effective supports in the birthing room.
A trained labour assistant employed directly by a family provides information, care and support across pregnancy, labour, birth and postpartum and this improves birth outcomes while increasing maternal satisfaction.
Over my years of working with families within the systems of birth I find the protocols and fear based culture we live in has only intensified and made it harder for families to achieve a more natural and positive birth experience.
For 20 years I have supported families through their birthing experience as a doula – this is where I discovered the most about childbirth, transformation and pain relief.
Childbirth can be scary and it will definitely be one of the most intense life events we go through. The birth room is the coalface where I created She Births® but also where I developed the Doula Service offerings we now mentor our team with.
I am extremely happy to be able to offer our bespoke Doula Service infused with the unique She Births® philosophy and methodology for pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
You can rest assured when hiring a doula with us you are making a great investment in your family’s happiness.
Our Doulas provide you and your partner with the best evidence-based support across this powerful and transformative time.
Nadine Richardson, She Births® founder is one of the longest standing doulas in the eastern suburbs of Sydney and with over half of our families asking her to recommend or send her little black book of doulas, she decided to curate a team of the best in the business all trained and experienced in the She Births® methodology.
Our doulas are experienced, intelligent, insightful, creative and nurturing. All these qualities are essential for a really great birth experience and birth outcomes. Our doulas have been trained in the She Births® method and practical tools and have worked alongside Nadine.
They value the importance of evidence-based and high quality antenatal education. After completing your education with us a doula is able to hold space. She provides a container for discourse that will allow you to dive deeper into any fears or limiting beliefs and can facilitate ritual to nurture and support you on the inner transformational journey.
You can also learn a little more from the video below, taken from our Full Online Course.
Our Doula Service is only for families who have completed the full She Births® course either online or face to face.
This allows for continuity in language, principles and tools. Our packages are uniquely created for body, mind and soul and you can tailor them for your needs and your budget.
Fill out the form below and let us know about your pregnancy and what type of birth experience you are hoping to have. We will come back to organise a personalised phone catch-up.
During your 30-min chat with our Coordinator Amélie Patrux (who is a doula herself), you will understand how a doula can support your unique and individual needs, and birth preferences. Our service is based upon what Nadine has been providing to families for many years and what thousands of mums have told us they really want and need.
Searching for a doula on Google isn't easy. So many different profiles out there ! Where to start?! Some might be great with marketing and have an efficient website but your best match might be a doula who only works by word-of-mouth ! We have a team of over 40 doulas with a wide range of profiles and skills. We will hold your hand across the 'meet and greet stage' so you can choose the best doula for your family.
The first phone chat with Amélie the She Births® Doula Coordinator was the most helpful part in making Rob and I feel like we were listened to and in helping us articulate what our needs were for our upcoming birth. We felt completely supported and heard as to what we wanted. It informed us of what options were available to match any budget and what the step by step process would be. The booking service was efficient and effective in finding someone in line with what we were after.
MaryAnn and Robert KELLY, first pregnancy
I knew I wanted the support of a doula for the birth of our first baby, but didn't know where or how to start looking. Amélie, the She Births® Doula Coordinator, was wonderful - she took time to get to know me, my background, and my hopes for the pregnancy and birth. We talked about the type of support I was hoping for during my labour, and any concerns or fears I had. Amelie's experience shon through - she spoke with many doulas before introducing me to someone. The fit felt perfect! I didn't feel the need to speak with anyone else. Our doula, Jo, has been a huge help already during our pregnancy and I feel reassured by her many years of experience. I know she will be an invaluable source of emotional and physical support, and a strong advocate for us, during the labour and birth. She also gently encourages and draws out my own inner strength and resources, and I've seen my husband's confidence increase too. I'm grateful for Amelie's help and her ability to understand us in order to find a wonderful match. Thank you!
Emma and Scott HOUSTON, first pregnancy
The doula service through She Births® made selecting a doula a really enjoyable experience. Having an experienced yet impartial person to discuss our hopes and needs in a doula was extremely beneficial, and prompted us to think of questions/elements we hadn’t thought of ourselves. It was really reassuring to know that each doula would be across the She Births® course, so our main focus was ensuring we connected with them. That we could meet them and chat prior to booking in was so helpful! Overall the service was very efficient & smooth and we felt very supported by the She Births® team in our birth journey.
Sami BLOOM and Mike DEBES, first pregnancy with baby Avery
Amélie, was my first point of contact, she explained the process of finding the right doula to support my personal birthing journey. I immediately knew I was in good hands. I was put in touch with 3 potential doulas to see which one was right for me, Amélie included as she was also an experienced She Births® Doula. I had video interviews with each of them in turn and in the end I felt Amélie’s approach was the right fit for us. I would highly recommend the She Births® Doula Service to mums who want that strong support through the biggest moment of their lives.
Justina GILL and Philip KEAN, first pregnancy with baby Isabel
Habib and Alison BRIAN, second pregnancy with baby Eliza
Naomi JUDGE and Ben, first pregnancy
Amélie, the She Births® Doula Coordinator, was most professional in helping us determine the most suitable doula for the birth of our baby boy. She took the time to explain what our options were and educated us about the different styles and personalities of doulas, so she could put forward the most suitable recommendations for us. The process was smooth and prompt, and Amélie was delightful.
Annabel and Mark KING, first pregnancy with baby Winston
Me and my partner are both from the UK and with Covid unfortunately this meant none of our family would be able to fly over to help support us through the pregnancy, labour or post-birth. A friend recommended the She Births® course, which was fantastic and shortly after this we decided to hire a doula through the She Births® Doula Service. She was such a huge support. She helped us feel prepared, relaxed and excited for the birth. Always on hand for any questions and giving us lots of confidence in ourselves. A few weeks before the due date we, unfortunately, went into another lockdown, which meant our doula would not be able to join us at the hospital. We made a game plan and when my labour started she was the first person I called, she came over to our home and laboured with us - she was so gentle and encouraging, keeping us calm and relaxed and knowing when was the right time to head to the hospital, she took us to the hospital and was on the phone to Sam on and off throughout the labour. Our midwife was also amazing and I felt in very good care. We arrived at the hospital at 1:30 and our little Romy was born by 5:30. It was a very calm and intimate birth (natural delivery with no pain relief or interventions) I'm really grateful to our doula for helping set us up in the right mindset before getting to the hospital, labour is just as much a psychological journey as it is a physical one and anything you can do to approach it with calm and confidence is going to be a huge help
Charlotte, Sam & baby Romy (first child, August 2021)
Claire, Cameron & baby Lewyn Watts (second child, July 2021)
We met with our Doula three times prior to my due date to prepare for the birth. She spent the time understanding how we wanted to be supported as well as arming us with knowledge to help us feel confident and prepared for what was to come. I eventually had to be induced due to being passed 42 weeks and during that time our Doula was such a huge support to myself and to my husband. In the end my labour didn’t progress and I ended up having to have a C-Section, an outcome I had not prepared for. She gave us a crash course on what to expect and told us of all the questions. Because of her great advice we ended up having a beautiful C-section experience. Our Doula helped me unpack this with a birth debrief which allowed me to work through my thoughts around my c-section and come to peace with this providing not only emotional support but helped me understand why certain decisions were made from a medical perspective. Her tireless support throughout the experience was incredible and she coached me through one of the most challenging moments of my life.
Justina Gill, Philip Kean & baby Isabel (first child, May 2020)
Sami Bloom, Mike Debes & baby Avery (first child, August 2020)
Our Doula supported us during the late pregnancy and birth of our baby boy. Given Covid, we had to work around some difficult restrictions. My husband and I first met with her via zoom and her advice was helpful in shaping our birth plan. She played a very important and valuable role as I went into labour for which we will always be very thankful. Post birth, her checking in via text and phone call was very helpful and comforting.
King Family & baby Winston (first child, June 2020)
We have had the same Doula for the births of our two children. The support for both of us as a couple, in such a sensitive time, has been invaluable and as the mother, something I wouldn’t want to go without. There is a softness you’d expect to having a doula support you as a woman giving birth, but there is also a toughness that comes out while you are vulnerable and cannot speak up for yourself. I felt incredibly protected by our Doula in both births and feel the outcomes were very positive in large part to her being there. No matter the journey your birthing day takes, if you’ve done the She Births® course and have a doula, you could not be better prepared for a safe, sacred and beautiful time.
Chris & Nicole Nelius, two pregnancies with She Births®
From my waters breaking to Beau being born was a total of 7 hours. The whole team was so busy that whole time. Everyone had a role, no one had a free moment and it worked so well. It contributed to a great outcome. In business, everyone has a role to play to get the best outcome for the company. Birth is not easy, so why would we not do it this way too? With the right team, it really is possible to have the best result you hope for. Support in the room is everything too. There is no way I would have had the outcome that I had if I didn't have a support team. You need people to advocate for you when you can't. We did a lot of work with Nadine about birth and about postpartum too, which was key.
Deborah Symond O'Neil, Ned O'Neil & baby Beau (first child, February 2020)
Alison Brian with baby Eliza (second child, June 2020)
Habib Mallik, Alison's partner & baby Eliza (June 2020)
All our doulas have been selected by Nadine and trained in the She Births® method or worked alongside Nadine. This allows for continuity in language, principles and tools and you will be on the same page during your antenatal visits and during your birth whether you’re talking ‘Coffee Plunger Breath’ or utilising the B.R.A.N.D acronym.
Our She Births® Doula Packages are only for people who have completed a She Births® course either online (full course) or face to face. Again, this allows for continuity in language, principles and tools between the clients and the doula. Our doulas enjoy working with She Births® families as education is the most important tool to have an empowering and beautiful birth.
The earlier the better! Good doulas are booked early and fast! At She Births® we recommend you select your doula around 18 weeks. If you are doing a fetal morphology scan around that time it might be good to confirm your doula once you have the results as that can sometimes throw a few different birth ideas into the mix with placenta position etc.
However, please get in touch with Amelie our Doula Coordinator as early as possible (13 -18 weeks) to do all the admin steps and select your package because our team get booked up very early, and especially if your Estimated Due Date falls on busy holiday times!
According to a 2017 Cochrane Database Systematic Review, continuous support in labor may improve a number of outcomes for both mother and baby:
Continuous support from a person who is present solely to provide support, is not a member of the woman’s own network, is experienced in providing labor support, has at least a modest amount of training appears beneficial. No adverse outcomes have been identified.
View the full Cochrane review
Engaging with a doula is a very ancient mode of care during the birthing rite of passage yet the contemporary role of “doula” first emerged from the grassroots natural birth movement in the United States in the 1960s. The word originates from the Greek meaning ‘woman’s servant’ and the term doula was first used in a 1969 anthropological study conducted by Dana Raphael, a protégée of Margaret Mead.
Of course you can! Complete the above form that will get sent straight to Amelie, our Doula Coordinator. She will send you more info and will organise a phone call with you to discuss everything in detail.
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