A doula is, simply, a Woman who protects the birth environment. I am not a labour coach, birth assistant or a medic.
The word ‘doula‘ is the Greek work for ‘slave’ and understandably there is an aversion to this word by Greek people who prefer the word ”paramana’ as it is synonymous with ‘midwife‘. However, the word has caught on and is now widely used and accepted with positive connotations.
Birthkeeper is a term coined by Jeannine Parvati Baker, marrying the terms Earth Keeper (eco-activist and holders of the sacred Earth-based wisdom) and Birth Worker (doula, midwife, etc), thus meaning a birth activist and keeper of the sacred wisdom of birth. The space that we enter during labour is indeed one of knowing, mystery, grounding, higher connection, letting go, vulnerability, power, ending and beginning…everything.
Basic Birth Doula Package includes:
- Free introductory meeting (45mins)
- Three home visits before the birth, at least one of them with your partner, if applicable. These are usually 60-90mins sessions
- On-call from week 38 -42
- Birth attendance
- 1-2 postnatal visits
This is quite rare… but if circumstances are beyond my control to be physically present, I will send a wonderful, experienced backup doula to be with you in your labour.
Meet the back up team: London Bliss Doulas