Congratulations! You're having a baby. What comes next? If you don't exactly know, you're not alone.
Pregnancy and birth can bring about a multitude of emotions and is a time of great change. With so many decisions to make and so much information to navigate, it can feel overwhelming and confusing. It's easy to feel like you're drowning in a sea of information, and that you're not sure which direction to turn to find the answers that make sense to you and your unique journey.
You don't have to do this alone (actually, I encourage you not to). Adding a doula to your support team gives you the calming reassurance that every expecting parent needs. A doula can help guide you through the decisions you need to make and provide you with the information and support you need to feel confident and empowered. With your doula by your side, you'll have a warm, sensitive, and knowledgeable ally to help you navigate this exciting time in your life.
if a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.
hi, i'm the doula
My name is Erin and I'm a Birth & Postnatal Doula on the Northside of Brisbane. I feel strongly about helping parents-to-be and new families navigate their pregnancies, births, and postpartum period with confidence, education, and joy, and I want to help you have a birth experience that you can feel amazing about!
My journey began after the birth of my second child. I have had two wildly different birth experiences and discovered just how different things could be with someone advocating for me and being able to make my own choices regarding my labour.
Ialso found that after bringing bub home, I found it extremely difficult to ask for help. All of my family and friends had their own pressing obligations and I felt like asking for help was encroaching on their valuable time (obviously they certainly wouldn't have felt that way, but its very common for new mums to try to "do it all").
I was exhausted with a colicky baby who wouldn't let me put him down. I was unshowered, emotional, hormonal and my house was a disaster. A friend of mine in another state told me, emphatically, "get yourself a postpartum doula! It's the best thing I ever did!"
Asking a doula for help felt so much more natural for me! What a godsend! Helping with bathing, light household duties, the laundry, giving me a break so I could actually SLEEP made the most amazing difference, and I didn't feel like I was putting anyone out. It made the newborn phase delightful because I was rested enough to really be in the moment, every moment.
When my husband and I discovered we couldn't have any further children, I decided I absolutely had to share in the joy of other families bringing their bundles of joy into the world and immediately began studying to become a Doula.. There is nothing more special than being able to share in the beauty that is labour and the magical postpartum months with a new mother.
BIRTH + POSTPARTUM DOULA
NORTH BRISBANE & SUNSHINE COAST
what is doula support?
As a doula, I work with clients to support them throughout pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. What does this mean? It means I'm here, day or night, to provide you with continuous care, comfort, encouragement, and guidance throughout the entire process. Wondering what that cramp you just felt was? Curious if you can eat that funny cheese? I'm here for you. During pregnancy, I'll provide you with gentle guidance and informational support and be the judgement-free voice that you need.
When the big day comes, I'll be by your side from the first contractions until your baby is in your arms. No matter what kind of birth you're planning or how many times that plan needs to change, I'll help you understand your options, ensure that your preferences are upheld and respected, and make sure that your partner is hands-on, involved, and supported, too. My only goal for your birth is to help you have a positive and fulfilling birth experience.
After baby is born, I'll be close by to help you recover, to support your family, and to help you learn to care for your new baby. With a doula on your team, you'll never feel alone or need to wonder what comes next.
giving birth should be your greatest achievement, not your greatest fear.
labour + birth support
Incorporating doula support into your birth plan provides you and your partner with an abundance of resources, information, guidance, and support throughout pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. A professional doula's support during labour and birth leads to better outcomes for both parents and babies, and greater happiness for families. This supportincludes phone and text support, prenatal visits, birth planning, support for your partner, recovery assistance, postpartum visits, and much more. With doula support, you will have a comprehensive, comprehensive, and compassionate birth plan.
Bringing your new baby home can be both exhilarating and intimidating. With postpartum doula support, you will have access to answers for all of your questions and concerns, no matter when they arise. During our postpartum visits, I'll offer guidance on baby care, support with feeding, advice on recovery and adjustments, and hands-on help with tasks like meal preparation, laundry, and light housekeeping. Postpartum support from a doula can make all the difference between simply getting by and thriving during the newborn period!
The key to having an exceptional birth and postpartum experience is through education and knowledge of your options. By participating in childbirth education and postpartum preparation classes, expectant parents can gain a deeper understanding of the labour and delivery process, what to anticipate during every stage of childbirth and postpartum, and make informed decisions about their childbirth journey. Let me know if you're interested in including classes in your birth or postpartum support package!
There is such a special sweetness in being able to participate in creation.
Just as a woman’s heart knows how and when to pump, her lungs to inhale, and her hand to pull back from fire, so she knows when and how to give birth.
Whenever and however you give birth your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body, and your spirit for the rest of your life.
let's get together
Let's talk about your birth! During the consultation, we'll discuss your pregnancy, your desired outcomes for birth and postpartum, and how doula support will help you in reaching these goals. Later in your pregnancy, we'll meet for prenatal sessions and create a plan for the birth you envision. You will have round-the-clock access to phone, text, and email support for all of your questions, concerns, and worries, and I will be available 24/7 leading up to your baby's arrival. Let's have a conversation about how doula support can empower you and your partner to confidently welcome your new baby into the world.