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           Welcome to Bellybabes Doula.
 
Congratulations on your pregnancy and upcoming birth of your baby. You deserve the best support possible for the birth of your baby being this your first, third or even seventh baby.
As a Birth Doulas our role is to provide you with continuous support throughout your pregnancy, birth and postnatal period.
We offer you unbiased information regarding your personal birth choices, help you to communicate your birth choices to your medical caregivers, provide you and your parnter with physical and emotional support throughout your labour and birth.
 
Empowering woman to birth the way they choose, be that drug free, vaginally, VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean), medicated and caesarean. We will support you in whichever location you feel comfortable birthing in including a birth centre, hospital, home or wherever you choose. All mothers should be listened to, treated respectfully and importantly feel that their bodies, births and babies are their own. If you are making an informed and educated decision on your birth choices you will feel so much more involved with your own pregnancy and birth.
 
 

So why hire a Doula???
 
The word doula is a Greek word meaning women’s servant. Women have been serving other women in childbirth for many centuries and have proven that support from another woman has a positive impact on the labour process.
Numerous studies have documented the benefits of having a doula present during labour. A recent Cochrane Review, Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth, showed a very high number of positive birth outcomes when a doula was present. With the support of a doula, women were less likely to have pain relief medications administered, less likely to have a caesarean birth, and reported having a more positive childbirth experience.

A doula acts as an advocate for the mother,
encouraging and helping her fulfill specific desires she might have for her birth. The goal of a doula is to help the mother experience a positive and safe birth.

Doulas use the power of touch and massage to reduce stress and anxiety during labour. Massage helps stimulate the production of natural oxytocin. The pituitary gland secretes natural oxytocin to the bloodstream (causing uterine contractions) and to the brain (resulting in feeling of well-being and drowsiness, along with a higher pain threshold).

After the birth, a doula will spend time helping mothers begin the breastfeeding process and encouraging the bonding between the new baby and other family members.

 



What about the father's role when using a doula?
 
The role of the doula is never to take the place of husbands or partners in labour, but to compliment and enhance their experience.
Today, more husbands are an active role in the birth process. However, some partners prefer to enjoy the delivery without having to stand in as the labour coach. By having a doula as a part of the birth team, a father is free to do whatever he chooses. Doulas can encourage the father to use comfort measures and can step in if he wants a break. Having a doula allows the father to support his partner emotionally during labour and birth and to also enjoy the experience without the added pressure of trying to remember everything he learned in childbirth class!
 

What does a Doula Do?

A doula provides a range of different services.

- Birth Education and preparation
- Birth planning (including creating a written birth plan/preferences document).
- De-briefing previous births
- Massage and other comfort measures
- Opitmal fetal positioning
- Suggest positions and changes to help ease pain and facilitate a smoother, more effective labour
-Provide reassurance and encouragement
- Talking through emotional blockages which may come up during pregnancy and labour
- Keep your environment going - aromatherapy, music, candles etc
- Assisting you with negotiation of your preferences
- Photography and/or video of the birth itself, as well as those precious first moments as a family
- and so much more.