Birth Doula Service

What is a Doula?doulalogo

The word Doula means “a woman who serves women”. Today, the word is used to describe a woman who has been specifically trained to give physical, emotional & informational support to a pregnant couple during labour, birth and beyond.

A Doula…

  • offers (and/or demonstrates to birth partner) different physical comfort measures such as
    • massage
    • counter pressure
    • positions
    • movements
    • breathing techniques
    • heat & cold therapy
    • and much more
  • is present throughout the entire process, while medical staff come and go, giving continuity of care and thereby reducing stress
  • brings a sense of calm and safety during what can be an anxious time for couples
  • provides information, explains what is happening, and helps facilitate communication between the couple and medical staff
  • is there to support the birthing woman and her partner, thereby reducing anxiety in both
  • can greatly reduce the need for pain medications and interventions
  • offers reassurance, encouragement, praise, attentive listening and care
  • ensures that the parents’ privacy & dignity are protected
  • is an extra pair of hands
  • can take pictures, if the couple prefer to delegate this task
  • empowers the couple to have the birth they want
  • helps the couple have a positive labour and birth experience

Research shows that the COMBINATION of partner + doula gives the best outcomes


A Doula DOES NOT…

  • give medical advice
  • diagnose
  • perform any medical procedures
  • prescribe treatments
  • make decisions for her clients
  • speak on behalf of her clients
  • pressure her clients into any choices
  • take over partner’s role

SERVICES PROVIDED

Support for Vaginal Birth:

  • Initial introductory meeting (to see if we are a good fit; no obligation)
  • Prenatal consultation to discuss birth plan, preferences, comfort measures etc. (90 minutes)
  • Support during labour and birth (however long it takes)
  • Support initiating skin-to-skin and/or breastfeeding (60 minutes)
  • Postnatal consultation (90 minutes)
  • Support via WhatsApp before and after baby’s birth
  • If a caesarean section becomes necessary, I will accompany you to theater (if allowed) and assist with skin-to-skin/breastfeeding after the birth
  • Fee: R3750 all inclusive
  • Fee can be claimed back from some medical aids*

Support for Scheduled Caesarean Birth:

  • Initial introductory meeting (to see if we are a good fit; no obligation)
  • Support immediately before, during and after operation (if hospital allows)
  • Support initiating skin-to-skin and breastfeeding (60 minutes)
  • Postnatal consultation (90 minutes)
  • Support via WhatsApp before and after baby’s birth
  • Fee: R1500 all inclusive
  • Fee can be claimed back from some medical aids*

If you are interested in hiring a Doula, please WhatsApp me at 083 292 5252 or e-mail ericaneser@gmail.com.

* Fee may not be covered 100%

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