Doula

birth doula berlin

My doula 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 and encouraging. A person giving birth can access her power when she feels supported.

As a doula, I am independent and only working for you, not your caregiver or hospital, to support a safe and satisfying birth experience.


Read more: My birth & postpartum support


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Read more: The birth story of Aga

CAMALO

Anyone who has the fortune of finding you, will be moved by your sense of care. It’s so deep in you. ♥

Camalo Gaskin, Doula & Mentor at the Center for Doula Pathways

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.

Read more about: Why would I need a doula?

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 family to ask questions, creating space to make decisions, supporting constructive communication.


What does my doula support look like?

Read more: What is included in a doula package

Each family has specific needs, and we create together a unique doula “package”, including:

  • Prenatal meetings (I usually offer at least 4)
  • Phone and email consultations
  • On-call status from 2 weeks before the estimated due date
  • A back-up doula
  • Companionship during labour and birth
  • Immediate postpartum support
  • Postpartum visits
  • Rebozo “closing the bones” ceremony

Some services can also be offered independently from a package.

You are very welcome to contact me to arrange a free meeting and see if my approach feels right for you.

IBU ROBIN

Robin Lim, Doula

Dear Marta, I have known Dewi like a daughter since she was 14. We received her 1st Baby only 14 months ago. Last night she told me how amazing you were for her. Bless you, you found the perfect touch and words for Dewi in her unique life. I thought maybe somehow that you knew her already for years! You have the true heart ♥ of a Doula. Terima Kasih
Love, Ibu Robin

Ibu Robin Lim, Midwife & Author, 2011 CNN Hero of the Year


Further reading

  • Midwife Ibu Robin Lim (“Placenta – The Forgotten Chakra”) and doula Debra Pascali Bonaro (“Orgasmic Birth”) 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 Gasking 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.
  • Fascia touch is a wonderful approach that I use prenatally, at birth and in the postpartum.
  • Spinning Babies® is an approach I use to 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, realised by the Center for Doula Pathways.
  • 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.