Ante-Natal Support

I offer a listening ear and a non-judgmental presence, providing emotional support to help expectant parents cope with the emotional and psychological aspects of pregnancy. This can be especially valuable for first-time parents or those who have experienced previous difficult pregnancies and births.

Information and Education: I will provide evidence-based information about pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum care. This will empower expectant parents to make informed decisions about their birth plan, including options for labourand delivery.

Birth care preferences: I help you in developing a care plan that outlines the parents' preferences and wishes for labourand delivery, helping them communicate these preferences effectively with healthcare providers.

Coping Techniques: As your doula I teach relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, and comfort measures, thatcan help you manage labour. These techniques can include massage, biomechanics and use of aromatherapy oils.

Partner Support: I will support the birthing partner, helping them understand their role during labour and providing guidance on how to best support the mother in labour.

Communication. Doulas can act as intermediaries between the expectant parents and medical professionals, ensuring that the couple's preferences and concerns are communicated effectively.

Continuous Availability: Antenatal doulas are typically available for their clients via phone, email, or in-person meetings to answer questions and address concerns throughout the pregnancy. This continuous support can help ease anxieties and uncertainties.

Postpartum Planning: Doulas can assist in postpartum planning, helping expectant parents prepare for the period following childbirth, including topics such as newborn care, breastfeeding, and postpartum recovery.

It's important to note that antenatal doula support focuses on the emotional and informational aspects of pregnancy and preparation for childbirth. During labour and birth, a doula can continue to provide support, and this is often referred to as "labour doula support." The presence of a doula during labourcan have a positive impact on the birthing experience by offering comfort, encouragement, and advocacy for the birthing person.

Antenatal doula support can be a valuable resource for expectant parents, helping them feel more confident, informed, and supported throughout the pregnancy and birth journey.