Janet Purcell | The Birthplace Doula| Brisbane
A birth doula is a non medical companion who supports a birthing person during labor and birth. Birth doulas are trained to provide continuous, one-on-one care, as well as information, physical support, and emotional support to birthing persons and their partners.
Physical Support | Aside from my presence at your birth I have a practical skill set to ensure comfort during labour. Massage, rebozo, acupressure, hip squeezes, active birth positioning, heat application, supported positions and pretty much anything else that brings you comfort during labour. Having an extra pair of doula hands allows any other birth supports you have to support you emotionally or physically. Doulas also promote a calm and beautiful place to birth through lighting, room set up, essential oils and music.
Informational Support | Birth Planning can be overwhelming. So may big decisions to make that may be founded deeply in culture, past birth experiences or access to care providers. Informed decision making is essential in pregnancy and birth. I can help guide and inform you of all of your options for birth. How to get what you want and feel respected and supported in whichever way you choose to birth.
Positive Communication | Communication during pregnancy and birth is integral to feeling safe and supported. The thoughts of an open discussion about your birth choices with your care provider might make you feel nervous but with the right resources and a little planning you will find clarity and confidence. Communicating your needs to your birth support or family may difficult for you so we can discuss ways to clearly define what you need and how they can provide it to you.
Emotional Support | Your emotional wellbeing is paramount during birth and labour. During your pregnancy we will identify how to ease fears and anxiety around birth. we will introduce coping mechanisms and tools for you to use around mindset, fear release, hypnotherapy, meditation and affirmations.
Doula’s have been shown to have a positive effect during birth. A known care provider (continuity of care) has been shown to have the following outcomes.
Read the review of the research on continous support for women during childbirth.
less likely to have a c-section
More likely to have a Vaginal Birth
Less likely to need pain relief
less likely to feel dissatisfied with the birth experience
less likely to have a low Apgar score baby
Birth Support Package
- Free Coffee & Chat Meet Up
- Two Antenatal Sessions
- Birth Planning
- Basic Birth Education
- On Call For Your Birth
- Daily Text Support
- Recommended Resources
- Practical Birth Support Skills
- Two Postpartum Visits
- Lactation Support
Additional Postpartum SupportAvailable Add On
- Can be arranged to include meal prep, postpartum planning, sibling care, light house work, baby care, overnight care.