DOULA SUPPORT

BRA Doulas are the most comprehensively trained birth support professionals in Australia. They train intensively for a year attending births with a mentor, attending lectures and attending pre- and post natal classes accumulating over 300 hours of face-to-face experience.

Do I need a Doula?

Deciding whether or not to have a Doula is a matter of personal preference. Not everyone has to have a Doula. However, a Doula offers a professional, objective hands-on support which differs from the assistance of family and friends.

What does a Doula offer?

A doula’s profession is to support the birthing woman and her partner through the pregnancy, birth and parenting experience.

What can I expect from my Doula?

Once you have decided you wish to engage in the services of a Doula, we recommend you meet with several of the BRA Doulas. Each of the Doulas possesses her own qualities and talents. You will usually know when you have found the right Doula for you.

Following an agreement to engage your Doula, the Doula will usually meet with you for a minimum of two visits before the birth to establish a relationship and to discuss birth plan and support strategies.

At the onset of labour (pre-labour), you will contact your Doula. Usually your Doula will be in daily contact with you from the week before your due date. It is dependant on the individual couple and their labour journey as to which stage of early labour the Doula will arrive.

From this time, the Doula will stay close to the couple providing encouragement and practical assistance (with such things as massage and breathing techniques). She holds the space in which you birth. The Doula will remain with you until after the third stage of labour (well after the baby has been born and the parents have settled).

The Doula will have a final meeting with you which usually occurs a few weeks after the birth of the baby to check in and debrief on the birthing experience.

To summarise, the service provides for:

What questions should I ask when interviewing a Doula?

When choosing a Doula it is important for expectant parents to not only be informed of the Doula’s experience and what services she offers, but also to ensure that the Doula’s approach to birth compliments their own.

Here are some questions that you may ask:

Make a list of any other questions you can think of before interviewing a doula.

How much does a Doula cost?

A Doula’s fee depends on the individual experience level of the Doula.

For prices and more information about our doulas, please email us at birthingrites@zip.com.au or call us on 02 9387 3615