Since time immemorial, women have been supporting women to birth their babies. The word ‘doula’ is Greek for mother’s servant, and a doula is just that. She will provide ongoing support and nurturing throughout pre-labour, birth and beyond. A Doula will meet with a mother prior to her birth to discuss what her birth preferences are and what type of support the mother feels she will most need. A birth ‘plan’ or list of intentions and preferences may be worked on, and any issues that may affect labour are discussed in depth. A Doula is also there to support other members of the birthing team, and can assist partners and family members to remain present to the awe and intensity of birth.
It has been proven in many studies that women who have a birth attendant or doula present at their birth have far lower rates of intervention, analgesia, epidurals and caesarean sections. A Doula is trained in natural ways to reduce pain levels and to work with contractions. Since 1980, research has been conducted to determine the benefits of doula assisted births. These studies showed that there were significant decreases in birth interventions including:
- 50 % decrease in caesarean births
- 60 % decrease in epidurals
- 40 % decrease in the use of syntocinon
- 30% decrease in the use of narcotics
- 30% decrease in the use of forceps
- Overall, a 25% decrease in the length of labour
You can read further in the book “Mothering the Mother, How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier and Healthier Birth” by Marshall H. Klaus, John H. Kennell, Phyllis H. Klaus.
Nicole Tracy qualified as a doula in 2010, after training with the truly wonderful Rhea Dempsey. Nicole has attended many births in a variety of locations – from cosy loungerooms through to private hospitals. Nicole enjoys empowering women and couples throughout their pregnancies, to give birth well informed and aware of the incredible strength and ability of the female body in labour. Nicole views labour as a marathon, and women need a nurturing and intuitive support crew to keep them focused, positive and well cared for as they work towards that precious moment of meeting their child. Nicole employs various techniques during labour, including massage, acupressure, homeopathy, herbs, flower essences, electrolytes, aromatherapy, physical support and unlimited moral support.
Nicole offers a range of support packages
Birth Planning Meetings One hour $120
Post Natal and Breastfeeding Appointments One hour $120
Birth Support only (it is preferable to have at least one birth planning meeting prior) $950
Birth Support Package – Two Birth Planning Meetings, On Call 24/7 from 38 weeks, Birth Attendance, Two Post Natal visits, unlimited email and telephone support, use of TENS machine, homeopathics for labour and borrowing of DVDs and books from Nicole’s extensive library. Total cost $1350
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