Women supporting women during birth is the most ancient mode of care and has existed since the beginning of time. Today the Cochrane Review (see below FAQ) explains how doulas can be the best tool in the birthing room to improve outcomes and increase maternal satisfaction through their continuity of care.
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 even harder for families to achieve a more natural and positive birth experience.
For 20 years I have supported families as a doula – this is where I discovered the most about childbirth, transformation and also pain relief. Birth is scary no matter how it unfolds and it will be one of the most intense life events we go through. The birth room is the coalface and where I created She Births® but also where I have developed the She Births® Doula Service offerings that 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 methods for pregnancy, birthing and postpartum.
Rest assured that by hiring a doula with us you are making a great investment in your family’s happiness. A doula provides you and your partner with the best care throughout this powerful and transformative time.
A DOULA WITH A DIFFERENCE
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® methods.
Our doulas are experienced, intelligent, insightful, creative and nurturing. All these qualities are essential for a really great birth experience. 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. They provide a container for discourse that will allow you to dive deep into fears and they facilitate ritual that will nurture and support in the inner transformational journey.
CONTINUITY OF CARE
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.
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
We met with our Doula three times prior to my due date to prepare for the birth. My husband and I were excited and anxious as first time parents. 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 we could ask of the OB ensuring we were advocating for ourselves. Because of her great advice we ended up having a beautiful C-section experience. We had music playing, my husband was the first to reveal the gender of our baby and were able to have delayed cord clamping amongst other things.After the birth of my daughter Covid was in full swing and the birth of my daughter hadn't progressed the way I had hoped for so long. 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.
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:
- increased spontaneous vaginal birth
- shorter duration of labour
- decreased caesarean birth
- decreased instrumental vaginal birth
- decreased use of regional analgesia and any analgesia
- decreased low five‐minute Apgar score and
- reduced negative feelings about childbirth experience
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 HERE.
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.