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What is a Doula? The Benefits and Costs of a Doula

Bringing a baby into the world is a magical experience, a celebration of new life. But even though you may have been waiting impatiently for many months to meet your little one, the idea of giving birth can still feel overwhelming.

For this reason, an increasing number of women are choosing to use a doula. Offering emotional and physical support, advice and information, a doula is experienced in childbirth and entirely focused on helping you.

For this reason, an increasing number of women are choosing to use a doula. Offering emotional and physical support, advice and information, a doula is experienced in childbirth and entirely focused on helping you.

Here’s a closer look at the role of a doula, how it could help you and the approximate costs.

What is a Doula?

A doula is a fully trained professional whose goal is to ensure that you have the positive birthing experience that you want. A doula is there to support your needs, physical, emotional and psychological.

Your doula will offer emotional support and coaching during labour, encouraging you and providing a nurturing environment to help you relax.

Even though she can’t intervene medically, your doula can offer lots of other techniques to help ease any physical discomfort. These might include reflexology, massage, music and aromatherapy. She can also help you to move around, or get to the bathroom.

Your doula is on your team, and will advocate for you where needed. This means making sure you are kept fully informed about what’s going on so you’re able to make the right choices. She doesn’t replace your partner or relegate them down the pecking order; she amplifies their support, helping them to help you more effectively.

Doulas are often used for the birth, but there are also postpartum doulas who offer support after the baby is born. Some doulas are able to offer both types of services.

What Are the Benefits of Using a Doula

The World Health Organisation has recognised that having a birth companion, such as a doula, can be beneficial for a positive outcome. Here are some of the ways a doula can help to enhance the birth:

Reduces complications and labour time

Research has shown that doulas decrease the need for C-sections by 28-39% and reduce the length of labour. There are fewer interventions such as forceps or vacuums, and the use of Oxytocin is reduced by 40%.

Minimises discomfort and pain

A doula can’t prescribe or physically assist with the delivery, but she has a lot of skills to help provide non-medical relief. This is something you’ll discuss with your doula ahead of the birth, but could include a range of strategies from hands-on massage to music and meditation. Statistics show that when a doula is present, there is a 60% drop in the number of epidurals requested.

Offers emotional support

Even in the most straightforward labour, emotional support can be invaluable. A doula offers a reassuring, loving and calm presence from start to finish.

Helps your partner

A partner can sometimes feel helpless during the birth and unsure what to do. A doula supports your partner to proactively do what’s needed, helping them to relax and stay calm.

Ensures you receive a personal birthing experience

All women who give birth will have their own preferences about how they’d like things to go. There’s no single solution that fits everyone. A doula can help to ensure your preferences are listened to, and that your voice is heard from start to finish.

A doula can provide many benefits to support both you and your partner. However, it’s important to emphasise that a doula is not a qualified medical professional, such as a doctor or a nurse. They aren’t there to provide physical assistance with the delivery, nor provide any midwifery services and they can’t prescribe any medication or drugs.

This is why a doula works alongside your medical team, taking care of your personal needs while your midwife, nurses and doctors look after the clinical side.

The Cost

Each individual doula will set their own prices; the total cost will depend on the services they provide. In some cases you may pay a fee per hour, but most doulas charge a flat fee for a bundle of services so you know from the outset what the cost will be. As a general guide, the cost of a doula ranges from $1000-$3000 but there are many factors which influence this. To find out more, get in touch today for an informal chat.
Contact details

contact@nadineann.co.nz

020 4095 7663

Capture those first couple of days of your babies life as in that haze of coming home you will also forget to take those lasting moments

Newborn photo session -
They change so quickly, before you know it they are asking for things on the top shelf

1-2 hour in home session.
This session is vital to happen within the first 10 days of your babies life to ensure we get those super sleep and cute images.
No set amount of images captured but you will receive all on a USB set to music with your choice.
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It’s about stepping into your private world and honouring the birthing goddess that you are.

Birthing photo sessions -
These photos will be the ones you treasure and hold dear to yourself forever

On call and ready for the birth of your baby 2 weeks before and after your due date.
Including the labour, birth and around 1hr postpartum.
90% of the images will be in black and white and 10% in colour
No set amount of images captured but you will receive all on a USB set to music with your choice.
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How often in our lives do we get to capture, in a beautiful loving way, the fact that we are growing a human inside of us?

About maternity
photo sessions

OMG YOUR PREGNANT!!! People often ask me why would I want this time of my life photographed? My answer is almost always the same, because how often in our lives do we get to capture, in a beautiful loving way, the fact that we are growing a human inside of us. What a huge accomplishment this is and I think too many people forget how great a gift that is!
My maternity sessions are always super relaxed it’s all about capturing where you are in your pregnancy and feeling great about it. Usually around 30-38 weeks is a great time as you have a beautiful round belly and start to feel super comfortable.
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Location

ANY LOCATION

Depending on what style you like I generally like taking the photos on location, in an environment that means something to you.

STUDIO LOCATION SET UP FOR INTIMATE PHOTOS

If you are after the more personal potentially naked images then I have a studio location set up in my home for this as well.

Offer

A good phone conversation discussing exactly what you are after for your photoshoot. This will be followed up with an email to make clear what you are after.
In studio at my house or yours, or on location (within 40km from Ferntree Gully)
1-2 hr photoshoot. I am not really fixed with times, ill be happy when I have all the photos I want
I have no minimum or maximum amount of Hi-Res images that I provide, depending on the photoshoot and the amount of dress changes will depend on how many. Either way you will end up with more than enough amazing images that you can print, post or view in any way you want.)
A short video with all of the images taken set to your choice of music.
Contact details

contact@nadineann.co.nz

020 4095 7663