Doula

Every birth is unique. I strongly believe that it is important to surround yourself with the most loving and supporting birth team whom you completely trust and feel safe with. This way you will be able to let birth unfold itself within its own uniqueness.

– If a woman doesn’t look like a Goddess during labor, then someone isn’t treating her right – Ina May Gaskin

As a Doula, I will support you during birth in every setting. Unlike doctors, midwifes and nurses, I will not be bound by working shifts and I do not have other tasks to perform. This allows me to focus on you and my sole goal is to provide you with the best possible continuous support. Depending on your wishes I will inform, comfort, massage, encourage, indulge, remind, stand up for you, take pictures and support both you and your partner. You will have a person whom you trust by your side during the whole birthing experience; I will arrive when the first contractions start and will not leave until you and your newborn are settled.

Partner

Besides supporting the person in labor, another important part of my job is to support the partner of the person in labor. Birthing Day is a major life event of this person too and one they will always remember. For partners it can be very reassuring to have somebody that will not leave, who knows and guards all birth wishes and who can guide them to support their partner in the best way they can. Partners know the birthing person better than anyone, Doula’s know birth: together they make an amazing birth team.

– Give me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference – Reinhold Niebuhr

Knowledge is power

As in life, during birth some things cannot be managed. It might go different to how you would have hoped. During our pre-birth appointments we will prepare for this. Knowledge about what’s going on and continuous support will help you to accept.

Luckily there will also be lots of things you will be able to manage or have control over. I will provide you with all your options, in order for you to make an informed decision on the things you find important. I will encourage and, if needed, help you to stand up for them.

Birth plan

I am a strong believer in having your own birth plan. I believe that the power of a birth plan isn’t the actual plan, but the process of making one. During this you will become educated about all your options.

– A dream without a plan is just a wish – Katherine Paterson

I will help you find out which type of birth suits you best and we will turn your dreams into plans and your plans into actions.