Birth and Postpartum Doula

My practice takes the shape of each birth and family. I fully trust a mother’s ability to give birth, and I know the importance of companioning to access her inner power.

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What is a doula?

A doula is “a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.” DONA International

Birth doula support results in:

  • 39% less likely cesarean section

  • 15% more likely spontaneous vaginal birth

  • 31% less likely synthetic oxytocin

  • 10% less likely pain medication

  • 38% less likely low five minute Apgar score

  • 31% less likely negative experience of birth

Here you can also find more evidence about why doulas are an effective support.

What does doula support look like?

  • Physical support – touch, massage, counter pressure, rebozo, calming environment, water, warmth and cold therapy, food and drinks, fascia therapy, support in movement and positions.

  • Emotional support – continuous presence, reassurance, encouragement, praise, company and caring, mirroring, mirroring, optimism, acceptance, empathy, working through fears and self-doubt; debriefing after birth.

  • Informational support – guidance through labour, suggesting techniques for breathing, relaxation, movement and positioning; preparing with evidence-based information and explaining medical procedures; helping and involving partners.

  • Advocacy support – asking for the preferences of the birthing person, supporting and amplifying her voice, encouraging the family to ask questions, creating space to make decisions, supporting constructive communication.

Further reading

  • Midwife Ibu Robin Lim (“Placenta – The Forgotten Chakra”), doula Debra Pascali Bonaro (“Orgasmic Birth”) and midwife Mala Landt trained me as a doula with DONA International.

  • In Berlin, I am part of the Center for Doula Pathways, a collective of doulas who support each other, trained by Camalo Gaskin and Marcello Windolph. I rely on a back-up doula as an extra guarantee of support for the families I follow, and I reach out to my community to exchange knowledge and experiences.

  • In Mexico I was trained by local midwives in Maya massage for fertility, pregnancy and postpartum.

  • Fascia touch is a wonderful approach that I use prenatally, at birth and in the postpartum.

  • Spinning Babies® techniques help restore balance and make room for the baby in the mother’s body.

  • This is a beautiful video course for future parents featuring Michel Odent and Liliana Lammers.

  • A doula is a birth companion, and I have come into this role with deep respect.

  • My practice of doula and yoga teacher are independent but share the same qualities.