Virginia’s skills as a doula and herbalist were [also] great during the labour, suggesting positions when I felt stuck, giving me herbs and flower essences when I needed an energy boost, and encouraging me to voice my feelings when they intruded into the progress of the labour.
Sydney Doula Virginia Maddock at Natural Beginnings has had a special interest in natural birth, water births, VBACs and homebirths since 2006. She services the Sydney suburbs of Sutherland Shire, St George, Bankstown, Inner West (RPA Hospital) and Eastern suburbs (Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick) areas, or up to 1hr away from Miranda for planned homebirths! If you would like a doula for that extra support through pregnancy, labour and birth, then please get in contact to avoid disappointment! 🙂
A doula is someone you come to know well by the time of your birth, and who is there during your labour, by your side, focused solely on you and your partner. She can encourage you, remain objective, and help your partner feel more confident about how to support you. She can also assist you with practical knowledge on measures to relieve discomfort and encourage relaxation during labour, such as positioning, use of water, massage and aromatherapy.
A doula can provide information when you have questions, and can help you communicate more effectively with your medical caregivers and supports you in making choices that are right for you and your baby.
Research shows that having a doula can:
– Halve your chances of caesarean, forceps or vacuum extraction.
– Shorten labour by reducing stress, pain and anxiety.
– Significantly reduce the need for pain medication relief.
– Increase relationship satisfaction with your partner and your baby.