We accompany women or couples in labour to facilitate a good birth experience for new parents.

We draw on my knowledge and experience to provide emotional support physical comfort and assistance in communicating with your caregivers so that you can make informed decisions before the birth and as they arise in labour. 

We can provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner, make suggestions for labour progress and help with relaxation, massage, positioning and other techniques for comfort.

Overall though, studies seem to show that the continuous presence of a doula alone, has the biggest impact on birth outcomes.  

 AT PRESENT ELIZABETH IS NOT TAKING ON ANY FURTHER DOULA CLIENTS UNTIL 2016

My services will cover: 

First Consultation

We will use this meeting to become acquainted, explore your priorities for labour and birth and talk about how we might best work together.

Additional Doula Meetings 

If you do select me as your doula, we will have at least two meetings before your due date  and how you and your partner foresee working together. Usually we would visit your home to become familiar with your family set up, and how you see yourself using the space during labour date. We will want to become familiar with your birth preferences.  We also want to know your own existing best ways of coping with pain/discomfort and fatigue. 

Phone & Email Contact

Once you have engaged us as your doula we will provide you with our home number as well as our mobile phone and you may call anytime you have a concerns. We will also be available by email. 

Back-up Doula

We will be introducing you to a back up doula in Dubai, who will be fully aware of your desires for your birth and available as a back up in the event that we are not available for emergency reasons.  

On Call

We go on call 1 week prior to your due date and 2 weeks after. We are on call for you 24/7. You are free to contact us either by phone, email or mobile number. 

When Labour Begins  

We prefer you call me when you think you are in labour, even if you do not yet need us. We can answer questions and make suggestions over the phone. We will come to you when you feel the need of my help.  We are happy to stay with you in your home as you labour (early labour). When you decide to go to the hospital (in consultation with your caregiver), we will come with you and remain with you throughout the labour and birth. 

Just After Birth, in the hospital 

We usually remain with you from at least for 2 hours after birth, until you are comfortable or when your family is ready for some quiet time together.  

PostPartum

We will visit you and your new family at the hospital and also in your own home. We offer at least 3 postpartum visits with the first 14 days, although we are now happy to offer a 6 week postnatal parenting course.  It is good to have time to reflect on your birth experience, to discuss any issues you may be experiencing and also to see how everyone is settling into their new roles. It is also a time to reassure you on issues relating to baby care, breastfeeding, diet and any other questions you may require to be answered. 

AS A DOULA

  • We do not perform clinical or medical tasks, such as blood pressure, fetal heart checks or vaginal exams
  • We do not prescribe or administer medications there to provide continuous emotional support, physical comfort, and advocacy
  • We do not make decisions for you
  • We will help you get the information necessary to make an informed decision
  • We will also remind you if there is a departure from your birth preferences so that you may discuss this with your main care provider
  • We will not  speak to the staff on your behalf
  • We will discuss your concerns with you and suggest options, but you or your partner will speak on your behalf to the clinical staff
  • We are not responsible for providing transportation to the hospital
  • The information we provide does not, in any way, replace the care and advice of a registered midwife or medical doctor.