Copyright © 2010 Helena Hentz
Every Mom deserves a doula and every baby deserves the best birth possible!
Doula Care in Perth
Every woman is unique, so too is my role at every birth I attend. For some women my role will be one of loving support and comfort, for another it will be guidance and assisting her to empower herself, for another woman it will be to provide information. I strive to preserve the intimacy of birth by protecting the birthing space around a laboring mom and her partner. My goal is to ensure that the family can welcome their baby into the world in a peaceful environment in which mom, dad and baby are all safe and respected.
I am a CBI (Childbirth International) trained Doula. I was fortunate to attend a doula course facilitated by Michel Odent in London.
It is my pleasure and I am very honoured to be attending women in their births from ALL walks of life, regardless of race, religion, creed, or different lifestyles.
Dreambirth doula care includes:
Free interview (This initial meeting does not obligate you to use my services)
4 - 5 sessions - Hypnobirthing classes (12,5-13 hours) or Hypnobirthing refresher course
24/7 email and phone contact as needed during pregnancy, early labor, and postpartum
Up to two hours of immediate postpartum support in hospital or after home birth
Fear release session
1 Postpartum home visit (approx 1,5 hours)
Back up doula
Prenatal Visits - Hypnobirthing course
As your birth doula and hypnobirthing teacher I meet with you and your partner at least 4 times (or just with you if it’s your wish) during pregnancy to get to know each other and develop a comfortable and trusting relationship. During our meetings in a relaxed atmosphere, we will discuss your preferences in labor, I will make sure you are well informed of your options and help you to realize your desired birth experience. We will talk about fears you may have. I will help you decrease your fears and increase your confidence in your body’s ability to birth your baby.
We will talk about how your body works during pregnancy, labour and birth and what to expect in labour. We will discuss the role of the partner, how your partner can help during your birthing and how we work together.
I will teach you hypnobirthing techniques that will help you to achieve much more comfortable birthing.
We will talk about nutrition, about the importance of breastfeeding and much more.
In our last meeting I will do a fear relaease session with you.
I will support you in whatever choices you make on the way towards your Dreambirth.
Labour and birth
Once you are in labour, I come to your home, hospital or birth centre and stay with you until your baby is born. I ensure your birth place is calm, private and comfortable and you feel safe and in control. I will keep you focused to work with your body and baby, I can suggest positions and movements to reduce discomfort, to increase the effectiveness of labour or to re-position your baby, help you to be calm and relaxed throughout your birthing with help of natural pain relief methods.
I will take care of practical tasks to support your birthing, so your birth partner can focus on you.
I am also there to help you make informed choices when things don’t go according to plan. And guide you to ask your health care team all the questions you need to make the right and empowered choice.
After the birth, I will stay with you for about two hours to make sure the special birth place is warm, calm and private and the initial breastfeeding and bonding with your baby is happening unless you are comfortable and your family is ready for private time together.
And I will take lots of photographs and video of this special moment if you wish so (see Dreambirth Photos & Videos).
I will visit you at home or at hospital and we will talk about your Dreambirth and I will answer any questions you may have. I will also offer evidence-based information on baby feeding, baby soothing, attachment parenting, newborn care etc. I can also make appropriate referrals (Postpartum doulas, lactation consultants, naturopath etc) when necessary.
Registration and costs
I am independently self-employed. As your doula, I am working for you, not your care giver or hospital. Because of the commitment I am making to you, I only accept two families in a month to ensure I will be available for you and your Dreambirth. (with exception of a family emergency or severe illness).
(I offer free doula service to refugee- and teenage- mums.) You can pay up to 5 instalments from the time you sign up to the time you are 38 weeks pregnant. I also accept payment by cheque and Bank deposit. If you have a financial concern, please let me know... we should be able to work something out. You decide what you can afford and what the services are worth to you, and we settle on a rate. All conversations are kept confidential.
Please be aware that HypnoBirthing® and doula care are two separate entities. A doula cannot teach HypnoBirthing® unless trained and registered with the HypnoBirthing Institute. When choosing a doula it is very important to make sure that your doula is supportive of, and informed about HypnoBirthing® philosophy, language and techniques. At the very least, check that they have read the book and are comfortable with the philosophy.
If you think we might be a good match, email me or give me call on 0430 227118.