Project Description

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.

Prenatal Experience

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:

  • Massage
  • Peanut ball, a peanut-shaped labour aid
  • Birth ball
  • Rebozo for pain relief
  • TENS machine, or transcutaneous electric nerve stimulator
  • Deep breathing
  • Visualization
  • Temperature
  • Positioning
  • 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.

Postpartum Follow-up

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 and Labour Doula
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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

  • On-call 24/7

Birth Doula
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Support through Labour and Birth

Proving support throughout Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum.

greater satisfaction with birth experience
continuous support
increased confidence
better outcomes for baby
greater success with feeding
emotional support
improved family bonding
improved postpartum mental health

Recent Posts on Labour and Birth

“I wanted to send a note to say thank you so much for all your yoga guidance during my pregnancy. I very much enjoyed the class each week and believe it helped me relax and prepare for labour and delivery. Our little girl was born on her due date. Happy, healthy and adorable.”

“Thanks for everything Melissa, you helped get my body and mind ready for this! I was very calm and breathing and visualization really helped.”

“My weekly prenatal yoga classes with Melissa helped me so much to relax and to get my body prepared for the big day. During labour my daughter came into distress at some point. I was able to relax my mind and body with techniques that Melissa taught me – and it worked! I delivered the most beautiful girl calmly and it was the most amazing experience. I’d recommend prenatal yoga to all women.”

“Melissa was extremely helping in my emotional, physical and overall well-being. She was there from the beginning to the end providing any support we needed. We are so thankful for her!”

“Melissa is amazing! The class is challenging and very inclusive.”

“Melissa is an amazing instructor. I feel confidant and safe in her classes so I can let go and focus on my practice.”

“Beautiful and clean studio, friendly service and relaxing atmosphere makes Padma yoga a great place to practice. Convenient location with free parking at the back.”