I think one of the most nerve wracking tasks for partners is the drive to hospital during labour! Women worry about their own comfort and managing their surges/contractions while driving - ‘do I sit in the front or kneel in the back’, ‘do I wear a seat belt?’ And they also worry about their partner, how will they be feeling etc etc.Read More
If a baby is born outside of hospital - is it an emergency? Last week baby Ayla decided to be born on route to hospital, there was no panic, surprise yes, but no panic. Our local media spread this story far and wide yesterday with all kinds of embellishment added to ‘spice up’ the story. Definitely a reflection of our dramatic culture (surrounding birth at least). Yesterday my clients and I were able to listen to about 3 minutes of the 000 call and at no time was anyone terrified or screaming. Is birth really an emergency when it happens simply, even by the roadside. Yes, there are situations where complications arise and emergencies happen, I’m not talking about these instances. But of spontaneous onset of labour, being at home where women feel safe and comfortable and then following their own instincts as to when to leave for hospital. Actually, in this particular case, Aimee wasn’t even sure she WAS in established labour - there was no pattern to her surges, no visual signs her labour was intensifying. We are all different, our desires for birth are different, we ‘progress’ at different rates. Let’s support unique women as individuals and meet their needs as they arise - rather than trying to force them into a ‘box’ to make them fit a system - that often lets women and families down.Read More
I found Bron when I was half way through my pregnancy as a first time mum and was seeking her support for my partner at our birth and she gave him the confidence to go beyond what we ever imagined he would be involved in the birth of our baby girl and she supported me through the most powerful birthing experience I could ask for.
We had done Calm Birth (Karen from Fit For Birth) so knew Bron would complete our birth team perfectly. She went above and beyond through my pregnancy connecting with us on a level where we were just so excited to share our birth day with her. She made me feel confident, empowered and excited for the birth of our first baby.
I get so excited telling our birth story and how amazing Bron was. My due date was getting close and I would talk to Bron most days just telling her how I was feeling and checking in and it was so reassuring to have her advice and guidance during this time. My birth day had arrived and its one of my happiest days yet. My entire labour was 8hrs in total from first contractions to holding my baby girl in my arms. I felt calm and relaxed labouring at home through most of my labour with Bron there for support and advising us when the time was right to make our way to hospital. It was reassuring knowing Bron was there to guide us to the hospital and to our birth suite, liaising with hospital staff, respected my birth plan and letting me stay focused and in the zone.
I was able to have a drug and intervention free labour and birth that I had wished for and Bron gave my partner the confidence to get involved in the delivery of our baby girl which is the proudest moment of his life. Bron captured the most amazing images of the moments during my birth that I didn't get to see and to be able to look back on these memories are priceless..
Bron stayed with us until we checked into maternity suite, made sure we had been fed, had ice and heat packs, made my partners bed up and got us settled in before leaving. She also visited the next night to drop off my encapsulated placenta and debrief on our birth or anything we needed to discuss which was amazing.
If you are wanting to experience a positive and empowering birth like we did we would recommend having Bron as your Doula. Thank you Bron for empowering us to have the calm birth that we wanted and going above and beyond all our expectations.
Thank you Tenille & Alex for trusting me to care for you both as you prepared to meet this gorgeous little soul, Apollo. It has been an absolute pleasure to know you all!
If there are angels on earth she is defs one of them. Not only was she there in my pregnancy helping us prepare for birth, she was there holding me up with Alex during each surge, capturing those first raw precious moments (she is also a very talented photographer) & helping me have a shower after it was all over. She came back to hospital the next day to bring me her homemade lavender lips lip balm and belly support bands and we had a lovely reflection/debrief on how it went. But it didn't stop there..She came to visit at home and cooked me a delicious healthy dinner and desert! And then gave me a beautiful massage! She also brought me her special blend herbal salt bath. If that's not VIP treatment IDK what is. I feel so spoilt and I'm so grateful that she nurtured me so that I can nurture Apollo. If anyone is having a Bub I cannot recommend enough the benefits of having a doula as an extra support person! Thank you Bron.
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A friend told me about her experience using hypnobirthing and having Bron as her Doula. Listening to her birth story I knew I wanted the same thing so when I found out I was pregnant I contacted Bron straight away. There were 3 things that we wanted for the birth of our baby.
1. A labour/birth that was calm and relaxing, where we were not rushed, overwhelmed or stressed.
2. Confidence leading up to labour/birth without fear and
3. A labour/birth where I felt in control of my options and where I could handle the discomfort of labour.
Having Bron involved delivered on all 3 of these. She was always available during pregnancy to answer questions, teach us practical techniques for labour/birth and help us prepare for the big day. I was unable to go into labour naturally (42 weeks) so needed to be induced using more than 1 method and although having to stay in hospital the night prior with no sleep, by having the preparation that Bron taught us and having her there, we were able to have the beautiful, calm labour we always wanted with no drugs. I could handle the discomfort of labour and I am so proud of myself and my husband. He knew exactly how to support me through it all through the teachings that Bron gave us. I ended up needing a caesarean in the end for the birth and I was able to calmly breathe through every contraction from the start of labour to when I was in theatre. No screaming, no feeling like I couldn’t handle it, no fear and no rushing – we felt in control the whole time thanks to Bron. She has made the birth of our first child an amazing one we will never forget. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your amazing support!
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Full Bloom - your fully supported motherhood experience
Your Full Bloom experience begins - from the MOMENT you decide to care for yourself and your baby and book your package, you have access to me, my knowledge, my connections, my ear and my heart. I'm available anytime by phone or email to answer your questions, to help you learn to trust your inner wisdom, to reassure you when you doubt yourself. I will help you build your birth preference, encourage you to read widely and fully appreciate what your body is capable of. We can meet for coffee catch ups to discuss appointments with care givers, find evidence based information to answer questions and find referrals to other supportive practitioners to assist your preparation for birth.
Together with your birth partner we will uncover the mysterious birthing mind and body and explore HypnoBirthing with other couples in our 5 week course. You will receive all the course materials inc the book, audio tracks and a comprehensive folder of additional information. We will spend over 12 hours learning techniques to prepare you not only for birth but for your new life going forward as a family. We will learn HOW to relax your body and mind, breathe for relaxation, for labour and birth, how to ensure you have the best care providers to fulfill your desired birth, how to eat well and nourish your body and that of your growing child, teach you how to make the best decisions for your birth so that no matter what happens - the birth plan won't go out the window. We finish off the series with practical active labour and birth techniques to help work with your body to birth your baby.
When your beautiful pregnant self has blossomed we will record this fleeting time with a maternity session, your choice of location or at home, perhaps you'd love a herbal bath or milk bath to honor your beautiful curvy life giving body.
In the count down to birth, we will gather the important women in your life for a Mother Blessing Ceremony. We will nourish your mind, body and soul with stories, ritual and fabulous food all the while building a sisterhood in which to draw upon their years of wisdom and strength as you walk your labour path to meet your precious babe.
When your labour beings - I come to you. I offer a safe space for you to let go and open to the magic of giving life. Helping you navigate the uncharted waves of labour and birth, I stay by your side as you go from maiden to mother, ensuring you and your partner bring your baby into your family with peace and joy.
I will document your journey silently, in awe of your strength and as witness to your partners love and devotion - you work together to meet the love of your life. I record the very moment your eyes meet, you hear their first cry, you touch for the very first time. This is the moment you've dreamt of for months and now you can relieve for the rest of your life! Those tiny toes and juicy lips, their first feed, first cuddles.
After your babe has joined you Earthside, I will assist your first feed, attend your every need. Help you shower and dress, get you the BEST cup of tea and toast you've EVER had. I'll stay until you are tucked up in bed and falling blissfully in love.
Once I leave I will take your placenta home and begin turning it in to the most amazing 'super food' - placenta capsules to begin your postpartum healing, replenishing lost hormones, iron and nutrients. I will return with your capsules within 48 hours, helping you enter your babymoon feeling balanced and energized - so you can tend to your newborn in peace and joy.
When you return home (if you birth in hospital) I will help you settle in, bring you nourishing food, help you find your feet as a new mother and family. I will listen to your story and build your confidence as a newborn mother. We will honor your newly postpartum body with a sealing ceremony - an ancient practice of 'closing the bones', a gentle nurturing body massage to relax tight muscles from labour and birth and from holding and feeding your new babe. We then wrap you snugly in soft fabric wraps, leave you to quietly reflect the profound journey you've been on and then, we unwrap you to begin your new life as mother, nurturer and guide. Your postpartum belly will be supported with super soft comfortable wraps, to honor and care for your body while you return to your pre-pregnant self. Together we will fill your cup so you can care for your baby. We will also put some regular self care measures in place so your cup never runs dry. I will visit each weeks for 6 weeks, making sure you never feel alone while learning how to be a mother (of one, two, three or more babies). I will listen to your challenges and celebrate your wins - all the while holding space for you to make mistakes and find your way - always judgement free and with an open heart. I'll do some light housework while you have a rest or a cup of tea (maybe even a shower if you are still in your PJ's).
When you're ready I will come and document your new family, no need to pack all the things to leave the house, I come to you! We will capture all the love and warmth of your new family - and we may never even leave your bedroom! You will choose your favourite photo and I will have it professionally printed and framed and ready to hang on your wall - forever a reminder of the greatest experience of your life.
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A while ago one of my clients mentioned she was interviewed for Practical Parenting Australia Magazine about her experience having a doula for her birth. Of course I was thrilled, spreading the word about doulas, positive birth stories and education for other families wondering if they can have a positive and empowered birth for themselves.
I feel very privileged and honored to be invited into a couples birth space, helping them to achieve their dreams and goals for birth. Every birth is different and every couples idea of the ideal birth is different too. A doulas role is purely support with no other motivation than see you achieve your best birth - whatever that looks like. And if we need to deviate from your ideal path, I'm there to help you understand your options, allow you a safe space to make decisions and support you on the rest of your birth journey. A doula shouldn't lead you on the path to birth but walk beside you, reassuring you and allowing you the confidence to choose the steps that are right for you. Pure and simple.
You can read Rebekah & Luke's touching testimonial here.
If you think having a doula for your birth is a good idea or would like some more information please get in touch. I'd love to help you have your best birth!