I am  Birth Bliss Academy trained and certified doula and a former member of Doula UK. BirthBliss Academy founder, Kicki Hansard, is an award winning doula and author of The Secrets of Birth. Kicki has taught and supported just short of 800 women on their doula journey and runs courses all over the UK and abroad. Kicki has trained with both Penny Simkin and Phyllis Klaus, two of the founders of DONA (Doulas Of North America) as well as a number of prominent leaders in their fields, such as Jack Newman, Ina May Gaskin and Michel Odent. I am thrilled to have been trained by Kicki Hansard, who continues to provide me ongoing support across the miles, as I continue to support parents of Wellington.

All of my doula packages include a free, no-obligation initial meeting, so you ask any questions you may have and see if I am the right doula for you.

"I think one of the best things we could do would be to help women/parents/families discover their own birth power, from within themselves. And to let them know it’s always been there, they just needed to tap into it."

John H. Kennell

Birth Doula Package

This is my most popular doula package.

The birth package comprises of three stages of support:

Antenatal

Antenatal care begins with Unlimited phone, text and email support, tailored to your needs, from the time of booking as well as a complementary meet and greet with your LMC.

The package includes two antenatal sessions with a strong focus on getting to know you and creating a solid relationship. These are totally tailored to your own needs in pregnancy and birth preparation. They take place in the comfort of your own home at a time that suits, with or without a partner, and last roughly 2 hours each.

Typical sessions will cover some or all of the following:

  • What you bring to birth (existing ideas and feelings)
  • Your hopes and wishes for your birth?
  • Any areas you feel you need more information about?
  • Anything that you feel is challenging when you think about your upcoming birth?
  • Anything you believe would be helpful for me to be aware of so that I can better support you?
  • How you want me to support you if you are veering from your original wishes? (i.e. asking for an epidural, do you want me to initially distract you? Remind you of your original wishes?)
  • What is your main purpose for hiring a doula?
  • What do you see my role as being during the birth?
  • How can I support your wider whanau (partner, siblings etc.)
  • Birth physiology
    • Path to Birth
    • Stages of labour and common behaviours seen in women
    • Options for third stage of labour
    • Delayed/optimal cord clamping
    • Skin-to-skin
    • Basics breastfeeding
  • Practical stuff (how to get to hospital, where to park, how to contact you, where to set up your pool at home etc.)
    • Go through your birth plan / preferences
    • Knowing your birth rights
    • Creating a birthing environment
    • Cover specific topics that they want to know more about
    • Pain management (pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical)
    • Caesarean birth
    • Induction/augmentation
    • Massage techniques
    • Breathing techniques
  • The Golden Hour
  • The fourth trimester and adjusting to life with your newborn

In addition, you'll also receive:

  • Access to my lending library of birth balls, books, CDs and DVDs related to pregnancy, birth, babies and parenthood.
  • Access to my Eco La Bassine professional birthing pool
    (Fully refundable deposit required for pool, kit and liner additional). COMING SOON!
  • Access to my TENS machines (Fully refundable deposit of $50 required. TENS pads can be purchased directly from me at $20 per set)

Tailored Birth Support

As your doula, I provide on-call support 24 hours a day from week 38 of your pregnancy until you are in labour. Once baby is on the way, I provide continuous one-to-one care during your birth experience from the time you request for me to come, until you have birthed and fed your baby and are happy for me to go.

Birth support is completely focused on you and built around your preferences:

• Creating a calm birth room (shutting curtains, using dim lighting or candles, using aromatherpay, using music, helping with a pool)
• Being present and holding your space
• unrestricted access to my birth doula kit
• Touch (massage, rebozo, holding your hand, acupressure, hot and cold compresses)
• Movement and positions
• Verbal reassurance and visualisations
• Making and offering food and drink
• Helping with personal care (reminding you, and supporting you to use the toilet, brushing your hair back)
• Supporting your partner or whanau (suggesting things for them to try, ensuring they are ok, helping with siblings)
• Assistance with gathering information for you to make informed decisions about your care and the care of your baby
• Supporting your choices
• Respecting your privacy and advocating for others to do the same, if needed
• Visiting you pre, or post belly-birth, or going to theatre with you, if you choose
• Taking photos with your own camera/phone to capture your experience
• If transferring anywhere, meeting you at the birth venue of your choice/need and continuing the above.
• Assistance with your baby’s first feed, regardless of your feeding preference.
• Helping with tidying up (emptying and deflating pool, putting washing on, washing dishes) if you birthed at home.

Postnatal

I typically offer one postnatal session, lasting approximately 2 hours. This will take place a week after your baby’s birth and is tailored to your own needs as a new parent. The session will take place in the comfort of your own home at a time that suits, with or without a partner.

We might cover/include things like:

Emotional support

  • Adjusting to life with a newborn
  • Normalising and validating your experiences, feelings and emotions
  • Holding your space and providing companionship
  • Talking about, and debriefing your birth
  • Talking about challenges and changes in your roles and relationships

Infant care support

  •  massage
  • bathing
  • burping
  • dressing
  • feeding
  • Sleep
  • Baby wearing

Physical support:

  • Hand or foot massage to help you relax
  • Holding baby while you meet your ownphysical needs such as a taking a nap, a shower, or getting dressed
  • Ensuring you are hydrated and nourished by making you a drink and easy snack/meal with the food you have

Practical support:
• Light housework just to help keep on top of things – loading the dishwasher, washing a few dishes, putting the laundry on, bit of tidying, a quick hoover round.

  • Assisting/playing with older siblings
  • Being an extra pair of hands on your first trip out with older siblings and new baby

Lactation cookies or a simple, yet warm and hearty meal are a special treat that I offer with compliments -

"If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it"

John H. Kennell

Postnatal Package

Happy with your birth team but looking for some nurturing postnatal support? Look no further! Let me support you in your new role as a Mum so you can rest and recover from birth feeling supported, and able enjoy this time with your new baby. Why not take out the stress and arrange your postnatal support before your baby arrives!

  • Step 1 - Choose the number of visits per week (1, 2 or 3)
  • Step 2 - Choose over how many weeks (2, 4, 6 or 8 weeks).
  • Sessions take approximately 2 hours in your home or out and about
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays during school term and school hours
  • Added flexibility during school holidays.
  • Access to my lending library

**More information to come about what is included in a Postnatal Package or please ring if you have a question**

 

Birth Pool Package (COMING SOON!)

Planning a home birth? Looking for a pool?
Using water during labour is a common comfort measure and can help you feel relaxed and in control.  I have an Eco La Bassin Professional Birthing Pool available to hire – contact me for availability.

This includes the following:

• Eco La Bassine Pool
• Air Pump for inflation
• NEW Liner
• NEW 10 metre Hose
• Tap adaptors x 2
• NEW Themometer
• Groundsheet
• Water Pump for emptying afterwards
• NEW Sieve
• Delivery and antenatal demonstration session
• Collection post birth

Birth and Postnatal Package

With a nurturing relationship under our belts, why not be rewarded for your birthing experience with continued postnatal support so you can relax and enjoy your new baby. Birth doula clients get 10% discount on the price of one postnatal session.

Birth and KGH Package

Got me booked as your birth doula? Make the most of me by letting me help you prepare using enabling and evidence-based KGHynobirthing techniques. Birth doula clients get a KGH course place guaranteed, on any group course of their choice. They also receive a bonus FREE one hour KGH session during my on call period.

Birth and Blessing Package

What better way to celebrate your journey to parenthood than your own birth doula hosting your own Mother Blessing ceremony! Birth clients receive a 10% discount off a Mother Blessing.