I believe that birth is a natural process and that a woman instinctively has the wisdom and strength required to labour and give birth. I also believe that a woman is benefited enormously by continuous support and encouragement to enable her to relax and trust the birthing process. We cannot control birth, but we can control how a mother is cared for. A woman should be treated with respect and dignity and should always be informed about what’s going on throughout her labour.
I understand and support obstetrical interventions when they are truly necessary, and believe that a woman should be informed ahead of time if medical interventions are being considered. In order for a mother to remain empowered during her birth she should know all of her available options (as relayed to her by her medical caregivers) and be given the time she needs to decide how she would like to proceed.
I realize that every woman has her own philosophy on the challenges of labour and the discomfort that is sometimes associated with it. As your doula, I ensure that you have all the information you need ahead of time to make informed decisions regarding your labour and that you are aware of any associated risks. I then support you in your choices, whatever they may be, and work hard to make your birth experience a positive and memorable one for both you and your partner.
I also believe that birth doesn’t have to be painful. Yes, you read that correctly… it doesn’t have to hurt! I have witnessed many births where my clients have reported that though the sensations they experienced were indeed very powerful and intense, they were still able to remain quite comfortable through most or all of their birthing time. There are many factors that play into this and all of the moms I am referring to here prepared for their births by using Hypnobabies – a prenatal class that I teach where mothers learn self-hypnosis techniques to use during labour to remain calm, relaxed and comfortable. Learn more about this under the Hypnobabies tab.
I am grateful to be a part of such an intimate and special time for a couple and I know when to stay in the background to respect your privacy. My role is a calm, quiet, confident, reassuring, and supportive presence for the mother. I am her advocate, but I do not speak for her. I am there to help ensure her desires and needs are met so that she may experience her child’s birth as she envisions it.
I am always there to comfort, encourage, support, and inform, helping to make your pregnancy and birth experience a joyous journey to new life.