doula

“A Doula is: Mothering the Mother”

The word Doula comes from the Greek δούλος  (doulos=slave), and has since 1969 been used by birth activists in USA to mean : female slave / A person who serves women in pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

A doula – a birth therapist or birth coach – can support and assist the birthing woman and her partner in helping their baby arriving into the world.

Having continuous support from a woman who knows your needs and wishes is very important in the transitions of birth. Especially first time mothers need the extra care and comfort it gives to have continuous support throughout the whole process of pregnancy, birth and becoming a mother.

As your doula I will be there for you. I will be on-call for you and available for you 24/7 two weeks prior to your due date. I do only have one pregnant woman within the same on-call period to make sure I can be there for you. When the birth begins I will come to your home or meet you in the hospital depending on what fits you and your partner best. I will stay with you throughout the whole birth.

A doula is not a midwife and will not take over the role and work of a midwife, but a doula is the continuous support who can assist you and your partner to make you feel more calm and secure throughout the whole birth process.

Your doula knows about your wishes and needs and can be a communicative link to the midwife(s) and other hospital staff. Your doula can contribute with specialized personal support through all the transitions of birth.

When there is a person who the birthing woman feels safe with throughout the whole birth process it can:

  • Reduce the need for cesarean section with up to til 50%
  • Reduce the use of pain medication with up to 30 %
  • Reduce the need for labor induction medicine with 40%
  • Shorten the length of labor with up to 25%

(source: Klaus Marshall: Mothering the mother – How A Doula Can Help You Have A Shorter, Easier, And Healthier Birth)





As a trained birth therapist I can contribute with:

  • Supporting conversation and guidance throughout the whole process of pregnancy and birth.
  • Assistance in developing a birth plan through clarification of your wishes and expectations for your birth.
  • Personal birth preparation, custom made and adjusted to your needs.
  • Attention and care, holding space.
  • Knowledge about the process of birth, best labor positions, pain relief options.
  • Non-medical techniques for pain relief and good birth progress: breathing techniques, visualisation techniques, movement, stimulation of the senses, rebozo massage and acupressure.
  • Post-partum support
  • Breastfeeding techniques
  • Support to the mother, family and baby in the transition of becoming a family.

I also offer:

Rebozo massage
Birth partner provides support with back to back presence, and midwife/doula is providing pain relief/birth progress stimulation with acupressure in hands and lower legs. A doula birth photographer can document the birth journey.

NAMMU BIRTH PACKAGES

If you consider doula support for your birth I offer a free non-binding meeting so we can get a feel of each other before you choose.

Doula BASIC

1 intro meeting

4 visits in your home, 1 ½ – 2 hours hour each

Your birth preparation 1:1

Nammu Birth audio files with exercises for visualisation, breathing and relaxation

4 weeks on-call doula

Telephone contact when your due date is approaching. I am on call 24/7during four weeks (2 weeks before and 2 weeks after your estimated due date). As soon as you need my physical presence I will come with short notice and I will stay with you throughout the whole birth.

Doula support during labor

Post-partum visit

Testimony and evaluation

Doula PLUS

1 intro meeting

6 visits in your home, 1 ½ – 2 hours hour each

Your birth preparation 1:1

Nammu Birth audio files with exercises for visualisation, breathing and relaxation

2 extra sessions, choose between: Rebozomassage, prenatal massage, birth ripening session with acupressure and aroma therapy, birth therapist session (conversation about preparation for new life with baby, parenthood, making-family), extra post-partum visit including postpartum rebozo closing ritual

4 weeks on-call doula

Telephone contact when your due date is approaching. I am on call 24/7during four weeks (2 weeks before and 2 weeks after your estimated due date). As soon as you need my physical presence I will come with short notice and I will stay with you throughout the whole birth.

Doula support during labor

Post-partum visit

Testimony and evaluation

Doula PHOTO

1 intro meeting

5 visits in your home, 1 ½ – 2 hours hour each

Your birth preparation 1:1

Nammu Birth audio files with exercises for visualisation, breathing and relaxation

4 weeks on-call doula

Telephone contact when your due date is approaching. I am on call 24/7during four weeks (2 weeks before and 2 weeks after your estimated due date). As soon as you need my physical presence I will come with short notice and I will stay with you throughout the whole birth.

Doula support during labor

Pregnancy photography, 5 digital photos (BW+color, ready for print+ready for web = 20 edited+color-corrected photo files)

Birth photography, 50 high resolution digital photos.

Newborn photography, 3 digital photos (BW+color, ready for print+ready for web = 12 edited +color-corrected photo files)

Post-partum visit

Testimony and evaluation

Nammu Mother Salt, homemade foot bath salt for use in connection with prenatal massage and rebozo closing ceremony