Birth and Postpartum Doula

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As a doula, I serve families in Berlin and online, in pregnancy, during birth and in the postpartum period.

How do we start?

Schedule a first meeting, free of charge. You will be able to choose services or a package that satisfies the specific needs of your family, for pregnancy, birth, postpartum, or a combination of these.

Some of the support I offer is also available as single sessions, here you can find out more.

Read more: Doula care

Accompanying birth during Covid-19

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in Germany in early 2020, hospitals and birth centres often allow only one support partner for a person giving birth, with some exceptions on a case-by-case basis.

With the families I have been accompanying as a doula in Berlin since then, we have found three alternative arrangements:

  1. If the person giving birth prefers to have me as the main support during the birth, or in the case of a homebirth, we agree on a full birth doula package as usual.
  2. If the preference is for the partner or another person to be present during birth, I can still accompany the whole duration of labour at home, until we decide to move to the hospital or birth centre.
  3. Some families prefer agreeing on prenatal (and/or postnatal) meetings, where we can prepare for birth together with the partner or anyone else who will be present.

EMEL

Marta gave us an atmosphere of calmness and helped us to be grounded and connected for the birth. She made me mentally and physically ready. Every time we saw each other my fears were getting less. Marta was great with my husband. They had both their own roles during the birth. And because of her my husband was more confident and focused. Marta was always there for us.


What is usually included in birth and postpartum doula packages?

Prenatal meetings

This is important to allow the family to feel comfortable and build trust. In my experience, the most precious resource at birth is a sense of intimacy with oneself and of presence in the body (what I call embodiment).

  • We talk about the family’s needs, wishes and fears around birth, and discuss evidence-based information to prepare birth preferences and write the birth plan.
  • We practice positions, movements and breathing techniques for labour, also drawing from my experience as a prenatal yoga teacher.
  • By exploring fascia touch (the basic principle of Spinning Babies ®), we work to encourage baby’s optimal positioning.
  • We enjoy relaxation, touch and techniques to help with intensity and progress in labour (counterpressure, acupressure, rebozo, sound, visualisations, and more).

Unlimited phone and email consultations

When I follow a family, I truly care for them. I am available for questions and support.

On-call status until birth & back-up doula

Starting from two weeks before the estimated due date, I am reachable 24/7 until baby arrives.

I also provide arrangements for a back-up doula, who will also be reachable by the family as an extra guarantee of support.

Companionship during labour

As a birth doula, I stay by the side of the birthing person continuously and uninterruptedly, remaining calm and objective. 

  • The family calls me when they think labour is starting. We assess the situation together, and I prepare to join them at home or where we agreed.
  • Throughout labour and birth, I provide emotional and physical support to the person in labour and the partner.
  • Part of my work is to facilitate communication between the labouring person, the family and care providers, and to defend the family’s birth preferences.
  • My main intention is to protecting the birthing person’s experience of this key event in her life by making her feel witnessed, heard, respected, cared-for and informed to make decisions.

Immediate postpartum support at the place of birth

After the baby is born, I remain until the placenta is also born and the family is ready for quiet time.

I can support with initiating breastfeeding and making sure mother and baby are perfectly comfortable.

Postpartum visits

After birth, I also offer postpartum support. These can take many forms, depending on the family’s needs for wellbeing.

  • A first postpartum visit usually takes place in the days immediately after birth, to debrief the experience and answer any remaining questions.
  • We care for the mother’s emotional and physical recovery. This can include fascia touch to release tension from the body.
  • Additional support may include light housekeeping, meal preparation, baby care, and whatever is needed for the family.
  • Starting from 40-60 days after birth, I offer postnatal movement and breathing (adapted from my practice of yoga).
  • I offer postpartum support also independently from birth, with dedicated packages.

Closing ceremony

From 40 days after the birth, I offer a rebozo “closing the bones” ceremony. This moment is considered in many cultures the start of a new period after the birth.

  • Nurturing treatment focusing on abdomen and hips: fully clothed, lying on mats and cushions, wrapped in scarves at different levels of body, firmly hugging, gently rocking and releasing.
  • Symbolic ritual after the opening experience of pregnancy and childbirth: after allowing another being to be born from her, the mother finds her own centre again.
  • Physical pleasure, deep relaxation, spiritual aspect: the ceremony often feel emotional and sacred, it can bring up memories and emotional release, and it can be healing and cleansing on many levels.

OLIMPIA

Marta is a good listener with a deep human connection. She just lightened up the end of my pregnancy with specific exercises for pain and for all my worries.