I truly believe that peace on earth begins with birth
After falling pregnant with our first child in 2012 I soon realized that pregnancy and birth are two of the biggest transitional life events that a family will experience. The experience of which is long lasting and far-reaching.
Pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood each offer a gloriously unique opportunity for profound transformation
I am extraordinarily passionate about offering support to the families of Adelaide through my Doula work and as a ‘Beer + Bubs – Childbirth Education For Men At The Pub’ presenter.
I feel that far too often men are disregarded, ill-prepared or feel out of their depth in the birth space. But I also know just how much of a positive impact they can have on the collective birth experience given adequate preparation. I am so passionate about sharing some tools, tips and tricks that can help enable men/support people to confidently support their partners during their amazing adventure into parenthood – whether that’s for the first or seventh time.
I am so blessed to be able to collaboratively present the Beer + Bubs program with fellow Doula and all round legend Sophie Merchant of Journey to Birth at the Cumby on Waymouth St in Adelaide. Our next sessions are set for;
Tuesday July 4th 2023 | Tuesday August 8th 2023 | Tuesday Sept 12th 2023 | Tuesday Oct 17th 2023 | Tuesday Nov 7th 2023 | Tuesday Dec 5th 2023
“Beer + Bubs is a one-night session at the pub where dads can learn techniques on how to support their partner through the birth of their baby. This workshop is designed to help blokes gain the practical knowledge they need to be involved in the births of their children in a positive and useful way.
What should you never say to a woman in labour? How can a bloke actively help with pain relief? What can be done to make the birth faster and easier? Why is the first hour after the birth so important to your baby? Why is it a bad idea to be texting your mother while your partner is in labour?
All this and more is covered in a fast-paced session where the atmosphere is informal and conversational. Hear from a dad who’s just been through the gates of fatherhood and learn the kind of things that are not covered in the usual antenatal classes.
“I learned more in two hours at this workshop than I did in seven weeks of hospital antenatal classes” – Doug.
“I really enjoyed the night, Erin and Sophie provided great information about how to best comfort our partners during the birthing process as well as tips and tricks in order to aid the birth we want. I haven’t been provided with this information before as many other information sessions have been more about the clinical process.” – HS
I do not empower you
I recognise that you are powerful
*I am not taking on birth doula clients until my current nursling ages somewhat. I will keep you posted. If you are interested in persuing any pre or postnatal support or planning please get in touch*
As a doula I provide women/birthing people and their families with emotional, educational and physical support throughout their journey through pregnancy, labour and birth, and the postnatal period.
Lets dive deep!
I understand that every woman/birthing person and their family have different desires and expectations surrounding birth and I see it as my role to help you discover what your ultimate experience looks like. We then work towards making that happen whilst also acknowledging that birth in all its messy, crazy, beautifulness can be unpredictable; so we simultaneously prepare for all possible outcomes.
We will delve as deep as you are willing to go into all dimensions of pregnancy, birth and the post natal period. We will explore the emotional, spiritual, physical, physiological and shamanic dimensions and look at how they all weave together to create your complete experience.
Knowledge is power!
I will be a constant, trusting support walking beside you throughout your journey, available to work through any fears, answer any questions and provide evidence based information.
Wherever you choose to birth, what ever your circumstances or wishes, I am here to journey beside you on this transformative adventure.
I am present, flexible, calm, respectful, transparent, trusting, connected and compassionate.
The benefits of hiring a Doula (For any birth setting) include:
50% REDUCTION IN CAESAREAN RATE, 25% SHORTER LABOUR, 60% REDUCTION IN EPIDURAL REQUESTS, 40% REDUCTION IN OXYTOCIN USE, 30% REDUCTION IN ANALGESIA USE, 40% REDUCTION IN FORCEPS DELIVERY, IMPROVED BREASTFEEDING, DECREASED INCIDENCE OF POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION, GREATER MATERNAL SATISFACTION, BETTER MOTHER-INFANT INTERACTION.
(KLAUS, KENNEL AND KLAUS, AUTHORS OF MOTHERING THE MOTHER, HOW A DOULA CAN HELP YOU HAVE A SHORTER, EASIER AND HEALTHIER BIRTH)
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