When you are nearing your due date and preparing for the challenges of labour and childbirth, it is important to know there is someone you can count on to help get you through – somebody who has a depth of experience supporting parents-to-be. A person with broad shoulders, a big heart and a cool head in times of need. You and your partner need a birth doula to help make your labour experience complete.
What is a Birth and Labour Doula?
A birth and labour doula is many things: a coach, a cheerleader, a liason with your healthcare team, a moral supporter, a knowledgeable advocate and more. Although doulas are not medically certified, they are certified, insured, experienced and knowledgeable.
Once you have chosen Padma Yogi as your doula service, we will want to meet with you or twice prior to your delivery date. During your appointments, we will go over your pregnancy thus far and discuss any issues or challenges that have arisen so that we can support you more fully during your labour and birth.
We will also review your birth preferences to see whether you have made any changes or any questions have come up that we can help you with. Melissa and her team understand that your labour and childbirth are experiences that are uniquely your own, and we want to support you in your unique vision as you bring your newborn into the world.
In practical terms, Melissa will familiarize you with various relaxation techniques at your office appointments in anticipation of your labour and birth, including:
- Peanut ball, a peanut-shaped labour aid
- Birth ball
- Rebozo for pain relief
- TENS machine, or transcutaneous electric nerve stimulator
- Deep breathing
- Support During Labour
As your birth doula, Melissa will be by your side throughout your labour and your child’s birth. Whether you have decided to give birth in a hospital setting, at a birth centre or at home, Melissa will provide continuous support.
She will liaise between you and your medical team as necessary, provide the emotional and physical support you need to keep your experience positive and productive, and provide critical tools and information throughout the processes of labour and birth.
She will remain for up to two hours postpartum for continued support with breast feeding, if needed. She will take photos for you and make sure everything is packed up and ready to go if you and your newborn are headed home that day.
If you are staying at the hospital or birth centre for more than 24 hours, Melissa will stop by to check that you have what you need. This is a good time to ask any baby or postpartum questions that have arisen.
Your doula support goes home with you postpartum, too. Padma Yogi will look in on you and your child a few days after you have had a chance to settle in at home. She can help with advice on new baby care and feeding.
She will also sit down with you and your partner to review your entire labour and delivery experience. If you would change any part of that experience, you can discuss what that would be. You can also bring up any additional newborn care and feeding concerns you have.
Get in Touch Today
Contact Padma Yogi to arrange a free initial consultation. If you are planning to become pregnant, explore our fertility yoga class. If you are in the prenatal phase of your birth experience, try our prenatal yoga classes, or postpartum yoga once your baby is born. We look forward to meeting you and working with you through one of life’s most joyous experiences.
Birth Doula Package: $1,200
- Attendance at your birth & if appropriate at home in early labour
Use of TENS machine during labour
3 visits – these can be used prenatally or postpartum
1 check in visit 24-48 hours after delivery at your birth location
Assistance with creating birth preferences document
4 prenatal yoga classes (value of $80)
Access to my lending library and over 100 online and printed resources
Unlimited email, phone and text support