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Tammy Halliday
Experienced Doula / Birth Assistant Certificate 4 in Doula Support Services

all Melbourne areas

Australian Doula College Member

 

Doula Services

Welcome to Mothering the Mother Doula Services. Having a doula present at your birth may be one of the most important decisions you make.

By providing emotional and physical support for a mother a doula ensures that the birth experience is a safe, positive and happy one.

A doula, or birth attendant, is a woman offering non medical support and information to parents in pregnancy, childbirth and the post natal period. 'Doula' is a Greek word that has come to mean "woman's servant". A doula mothers the mother!

She trusts the process of birth and the impact it has on parenting.

  • She is a great listener
  • She is respectful
  • She doesn't impose her own thoughts and beliefs
  • She trusts the woman's instincts
  • She acknowledges the power of birth
  • She believes the birthing woman's partner is the most important team member if that is right for that couple.
  • She recognises birth as a non medical event, unless the woman asks for assistance for her or her baby
  • She understands that the fewer people interrupting the woman and the process, the quicker the birth
  • She knows that dim lighting always makes a difference
  • She offers continuous support to the woman and her birth team

Overall, she believes it is a woman's rite of passage to birth her baby where, with whom, and how she wishes.

While many conversations medical staff may have with expectant parents can centre on ‘managing their expectations’, a doula’s focus will be around building their confidence to ‘Trust the process’.  ‘Trust your body’.  ‘Trust your baby’.  ‘Trust each other’.

A doulas primary and unique role is to encourage the birthing woman's self confidence. Whilst every member of the birthing team play an integral role in assisting the woman to birth her baby, the doula is there to be the mother's constant companion and is comfortable and confident with the birthing process which is not only valuable for the birthing woman, it is very beneficial for the woman's partner, chosen friend or relative who may also be present.

A doula can help a mother find positions that are most comfortable and effective, protect her privacy and create an atmosphere to prevent distractions, pressure or fears during the process and natural rhythm of each woman's own labour experience. 

She will continue to support and encourage the mother’s confidence with breastfeeding, if that is her wish, and facilitate baby led attachment immediately post birth.  This support is ongoing when the baby comes home, along with sleep, settling and many other aspects of parenting a newborn.

 

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