What is my role and work philosophy?
Thinking and working holistically means I provide support that looks at the whole person and considers your physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being. I give you my full individual attention. In fact, I prefer to have only one or at most 2 clients at the same time. Oh! How I like to pamper you and make you feel good!
We will get to know each other on a very deep level so I can fully understand your desires and fears, be your advocate so you can have your birth your way, and work together in an environment of mutual trust.
You will receive many tools to help you feel empowered. You will learn exercises to relieve common pregnancy symptoms, the best positions during childbirth, nutrition, and everything about the physiology of childbirth so that you feel confident in yourself and your abilities.
I will help you connect with your body and your emotions in a deeper way so that you can calm your fears and stay fully present to bring more ease to your birth experience.
You will discover that you have a super power! I’ll teach you how to use your superpower during birth, then continue to use it into motherhood.
If you wish, you can opt to receive Gentle Bio-energetics and Reiki to support and restore the energy of you and your baby from pregnancy to childbirth to postpartum.
People often confuse the figure of the doula with that of the midwife or ask me if it is a new profession.
The word “doula” comes from ancient Greek, meaning “Woman’s servant”. Doulas have been at women’s sides as long as midwives. Traditionally only the midwife, a helper and the mother would have been present at birth. Doulas were the women-helpers; women of age who had been-there-done-that, they were old enough to understand the work being done.
These women were always there to give massage or apply a cool washcloth, help in and out of positions to labor in, fetch the midwife’s tools or herbs, give emotional support and encouragement, and give tips.
Her role was and is to create a calm and safe environment and expertly soothe and support the birthing mother.
What is the passion that drives me in doing what I do?
Do you know that usually One third of mothers has a traumatic birth experience and 1 in 8 mothers enters parenthood with PTSD? and 30% of men have postpartum depression?
Think at the present situation in the world. Now we live in this isolation time where women feel alone during birth, pregnancy and after. This definitely affect the health of women and the baby. A research from 2018 says that:
“Maternal loneliness showed associations with dissatisfaction with life and the pair relationship, and with the presence of depressive symptoms. The mother’s prenatal loneliness predicted the child’s internalizing problems in adolescence.
Interventions aimed at relieving loneliness should be provided for mothers at all stages of motherhood.” (*)
If this was true in 2018, imagine now, in this period, how much the mental health of mother and child can be affected.
I want to be part of the solution, I want to support you, help you not feel so alone, and prevent postpartum depression as much as possible and offer the possibility of a positive and easier birth experience.
Research has shown the effectiveness of a doula in reducing the medicalization of delivery so much so that WHO (World Health Organization) in 2017 affirmed that doula is a precious presence during childbirth and that every woman should have on her side, because continuous support during labour. (**)
Continuous support during labour may improve outcomes for women and infants, including:
- spontaneous vaginal birth,
- shorter duration of labour,
- caesarean birth,
- instrumental vaginal birth,
- use of any analgesia,
- use of regional analgesia,
- low five-minute Apgar score
- negative feelings about birth experiences and there is no evidence of harms.
(*) Luoma I, Korhonen M, Puura K, Salmelin RK.Psychol Health Med. 2019 Jul;24(6):667-679.