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)

My doula practice is based on inclusiveness and adaptability. I like to think it is transparent, colourless: it takes the colour of each birth and family. Please get in touch to talk about your needs, and together we can create the right option for you.

As a birth doula, my main concern is that the person giving birth knows me, trusts me, and feels I support her needs. A first meeting, free of charge, is offered to each family, so we have a chance get to know each other, and you can ask questions and get a feel for whether my approach suits you.

Infant's feet in mother's hands

With each family I create a specific support package. This includes several prenatal meetings that allow the family to feel comfortable and familiar with me. This is the place where we can talk about the family’s needs, expectations, plans and requests. We can also include information and techniques in preparation for birth and labour, including body positions and movements (drawing from yoga), breathwork and relaxation techniques, touch and fascia release.

In addition to this, I provide phone and remote support, as well as help with informational material. From two weeks before the due date, I am on call until and including attending at birth. I join you and remain by your side for the whole duration, providing physical, emotional and communication support.

After the birth, I also offer postnatal meetings for immediate practical and emotional support, answering any questions that may remain and facilitating the wellbeing of the mother and family. As a ritual to recognise the transition of the birth, I offer the family a rebozo “closing the bones” ceremony. I am open to discuss options if my help is still needed, including postpartum movement and fascia release.

Ibu robin lim

Robin Lim, Doula
Marta, you have the true heart ♥ of a Doula. Terima Kasih

Midwife Ibu Robin Lim (“Placenta – The Forgotten Chakra”) and doula Debra Pascali Bonaro (“Orgasmic Birth”) trained me as a doula and are a continuous source of inspiration. I am taking the last steps to obtain DONA International’s Birth Doula certification. In Berlin I am part of the Centre for Doula Pathways, a collective of doulas who support each other. I always rely on a back-up doula that can help with the families I follow if required, and I reach out to my community when we need to exchange knowledge and experiences.

Further reading about doula

Pregnant mother in silhouette

Evidence Based Birth has a wealth of resources on the evidence and efficacy of the practice

Debra Pascali Bonaro, my teacher and mentor, offers courses on doula

Another teacher of mine, Ibu Robin Lim, wrote “Placenta the Forgotten Chakra

The Center for Doula Pathways offers great immersion programs right in Berlin

Isavella

I visited Marta’s Prenatal Yoga classes during the last months of my pregnancy. I really felt that her Pranayoga Method was an ideal form of exercise during this period.

She showed us breathing techniques and postures especially adapted to the needs of every stage. Her exercises were relaxing, but at the same time energetic, allowing me to stay fit and balanced and helping both me and my baby

I can only recommend Marta as a teacher, she is a very calm, nice and positive person!