The benefits of hiring a Doula A doula is a trained professional who provides continuous support to a mother and her partner before, during, and after birth. Doula comes from the Greek word that means “a woman who serves”. Tori underwent comprehensive training with the Australian Doula College. The role of a doula includes, but is not limited to-
Preparation for birth and baby – aiding in creating a birth plan, and educating new parents about hospital procedures, what to expect, and what their rights are.
Comfort measures: breathing, relaxation, meditation, movement, positioning, massage and aromatherapy.
Continuous reassurance and comfort for the mother (the key word is continuous—a doula never leaves a mother’s side)
Advocate for mothers and partners – helps facilitate communication between parent(s) and care providers
Support for partners – this is not to be underestimated as labour is a very long and emotional journey for all involved.
Post natal care – help with breast feeding, settling baby, and emotional/debriefing support post birth. Sometimes this also means merely watching bub – providing mum the chance to shower/rest/eat.
Doulas are NOT:
Doulas are NOT medical professionals
They do not perform clinical tasks such as vaginal exams or fetal heart monitoring
They are NOT against pain relief OR vaccinations
They do not give medical advice or diagnose conditions
They do not pass judgement on your personal choices
They do not factor in any personal values or biases when providing care for you
They do not take over the role of your partner
They do not deliver the baby
They do not change shifts
WHAT TORI PROVIDES In addition to the classic services a doula provides, Tori also incorporates her professional pregnancy and post natal Pilates services into your care. Clients are offered the choice of adding private pre and post natal Pilates classes to their package. The benefits of practising Pilates during and after your pregnancy are bountiful, have been well documented – check out our PREGNANCY PILATES page for more info.