Childbirth is a profound rite of passage, not a medical event (even when medical care is part of the birth).
The essence of childbirth preparation is self discovery, not assimilating of obstetric information.
Childbirth preparation is a continually evolving process (for parents and teachers), not a static structure of techniques and knowledge.
Active, creative self expression is critical to childbirth preparation.
The purpose of childbirth preparation is to prepare mothers to give birth in awareness, not to achieve a specific birth outcome.
Pregnancy and birth outcome are influenced by a variety of factors, but can’t be controlled by planning.
In order to help parents mobilise their coping resources, it is critical for childbirth classes to acknowledge that unexpected, unwelcome events may happen during their labour.
Parents deserve support for any birth option which might be right for them (whether it by drugs, caesarean, home birth or bottle feeding).
Pain coping practices work best when integrated into daily life, rather than ‘dusted’ off for labour.
Fathers and birth partners help best as birth guardians or loving partners, not as coaches; they also need support.
For parents, pregnancy, birth and postpartum is a time of continuous learning and adjustment; holistic support and education should be available throughout that period. Childbirth preparation is also parent preparation.
More about my support offering:
All pre-natal and post-natal meetings are in the comfort of your own home and are approx. 2 hours each
I am on call for your birth 24/7 from 38 weeks until you have your baby and am available during your pregnancy and labour by email, phone or facebook
I will be with you from the time you need me in labour until you are ready to bond as a family and feeding has been established
I have a range of books on pregnancy, labour and postpartum in my library which clients can borrow during the course of our time together, just ask for the full list to choose from once you decide you would like to hire me as your Doula
I have been incorporating many experiential processes in my Doula appointments - some of these are learning pain-coping and mindfulness practices that you can learn in your final months of pregnancy that will truly help on your baby's BIRTHday
Having had extensive training with the Sacred Living Movement live around the globe, I have greater understanding of what connects women, couples and their babies and understand the life lessons each birth brings