BIRTH DOULA SERVICES
“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers--strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.”
- Barbara Katz Ruthman
My belief about birth is...
I believe birth is not an illness or a condition, but an amazing, exciting event that is normal, natural & healthy.
Women have the right to choose where & with whom they give birth.
Women intuitively and instinctively know how to labour and give birth.
Those caring & giving support to them, need to trust and respect that inner wisdom.
Pregnancy, labour & birth have a profound effect on women and their families. It is an experience that is never forgotten.
Women’s confidence & ability to give birth is either enhanced or diminished by those who care for her & by the environment.
Women have a right to give birth free from routine medical interventions.
If interventions become necessary, all information needed to support and understand the interventions should be provided.
Education empowers women to make informed decisions in health care & to take responsibility of their own health & wellbeing.
BIRTH DOULA SERVICES
As a birth doula I give continuous physical, emotional, mental & spiritual support to women and their families during the birthing time and postpartum period. Having a birth doula can prevent medical interventions and improve the chances of having a positive and empowered birth.
$1500 + GST
BIRTHING PREP WITH ACUPUNCTURE
I love offering this service for expectant mothers to support their body-mind-spirit preparation for the birth journey ahead. Certain acupuncture points help the natural process of the cervix to open and efface or thin out. Research has found that this modality can prevent inductions and medical interventions.
"I knew Irene was the right doula for me when I was brought to tears listening to all her past clients birth stories and how Irene was involved. Irene did not disappoint. She was attentive to my feelings and wishes from the initial meet and greet to the last postpartum visit. I could not have gotten through my birth without her. She was intuitive to my needs when I was not able to communicate them and worked in tandem with my husband through my labour, providing us both with unconditional support. There are no words to express how grateful I am to have had her by my side at my birth." ~ Sandra Lopuch