I am a BirthBliss 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 over 100 doula courses and 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, who continues to provide me with ongoing learning and development through her online community of BirthBliss doulas and popular podcast; The Doula Dispensary. This ongoing support from Kicki, as well as the doula community in New Zealand, enables me to continually improve and enhance my doula practice, ensuring I provide the parents of Wellington with an excellent standard of doula support.

"Women’s perceptions about their bodies and their babies’ capabilities will be deeply influenced by the care they receive around the time of birth".

Ina May Gaskin

My birth values...

  • It is your baby, your body, your birth
  • Birth is something you do. It is not something done to you
  • For the vast majority of people, birth is a  physiological event, not a medical emergency
  • Birth is a feminist issue
  • Childbirth is an exciting adventure and  life changing event
  • Choices in child birth are paramount.
  • Consent needs to be informed
  • Birth should unite us as givers of life! Not divide us
  • All births are sacred. Birth is not a competition
  • Write your birth plan/preferences/wish list! They are wonderful ways to get you thinking about your options. If you don't know your options, you don't have any
  • You will make the best decisions for you and your baby based on the information you have and the circumstances you are in.
  • Quality antenatal education and birth preparation are wonderful
  • Keeping a flexible mind and having a birth plan A, B and C will help you recover emotionally and benefit your mental health
  • We all come with a lifetime's worth of social conditioning about birth, and it helps to reflect on that
  • You can birth naturally, and cope with the sensations of labour, when the circumstances that are right for you
  • Placentas are totally underrated organs and deserve utmost respect and celebration 
  • How you feel about birth in your mind will impact on how you birth with your body
  • A positive birthing experience comes down to how we are treated and made to feel
  • A healthy baby is not all that matters (although of course it is very very important!)
  • With change comes stress, loss and grief. Even after birth of a baby!
  • You deserve to be cossetted
  • Babies are miracles
  •  You CAN do ths!

Hear first hand....

Sophi was my first ever birth doula client in New Zealand. After her incredible birth, she wrote her story for Kapiti Parent Centre Magazine. To hear first hand on what it was like to have my doula support, click on her Birth Story.

We might be a good mix if:

  • You want authenticity, empowerment and honesty
  • You want a calm, intuitive presence
  • You want a good listener
  • You want a doula with a passion for, and knowledge about birth
  • You want a doula who can work cohesively with your birth team and has a great connections with midwives and other professionals within the birth community
  • You want a doula who loves supporting new parents
  • You want a doula who knows you are stronger and more capable than you believe you are
  • You want someone to hold space for you
  • You want confidentiality
  • You want a rock in the unpredictability of birth, and someone who can support you through unforeseen changes
  • You want someone trained to support survivors of abuse, at birth
  • You want someone who is inclusive of sexuality and gender identity, and the importance of pronouns
  • You want someone who is experienced in, and qualified to teach KGHypnobirthing, and knows how to help you apply these to different birthing scenarios
  • You want a doula who extends their support to you family (husband/wife/partner/parents/siblings)
  • You want someone to ensure you feel at the centre of your care; that you understand, can ask questions, and make informed decisions
  • You want a doula who is not afraid to get stuck in, use initiative and assist with practicalities
  • You want someone who supports and respects your decisions and choices
  • You want someone who doesn't embarrass easily and will be respectful of your needs for personal care or nudity
  • You want access to an up to date and comprehensive lending library of books and birthing aids
  • You want someone who can help you prepare to birth like the parent you are.