In Due Time
Welcome to In Due Time Doula Care, where we recognise that everything happens for a reason or a season, when it needs to happen,…. in due time. None of us is really in control of our lives, however it behooves us to do our homework so that we can increase the chances for a positive outcome. I’m Jenn, I’m a doula, and I want to help you have the best labour, birth and postpartum experience possible,….. in due time.
WHAT IS A DOULA?
A doula is a woman who mothers the mother – who supports the new mum or mum-to-be physically and emotionally through her labour, birth and beyond. A birth doula’s job is to listen to mum, to help provide her with information during her pregnancy, to help her figure out what’s most important to her in labour, birth & postnatally. A doula helps mum implement her birth plan and achieve the support she wants, and also helps mum’s partner understand what to expect and how to support her. Postnatally, a doula helps mum process her birth experience, navigate hurdles of early infancy and provides an extra pair of hands. Above all, a doula supports mum: she’ll do what she can to help mum have as positive an experience as possible.
What a doula is NOT is a medical professional. A doula does not replace a midwife or doctor. A doula does not have any clinical responsibility and does not perform clinical tasks, such as taking blood pressure, doing fetal heart checks or vaginal exams. A doula also does not make decisions for you. She is here to support you on your journey!
WHY A DOULA?
When we think back to childbirth in western society in days of yore – or in many less developed communities still today – the woman laboured in the company of other women: her own mum, aunties, sisters, experienced women from her village. We lost that, over time, and mothers and babies – and society at large – are paying the price.
This is where doulas come in: we get to know mum during her pregnancy then support her as a knowledgeable friend during her labour and birth. If mum can have her partner, family member and/or trusted friend with her during this time, fantastic! -but if those people don’t have much (or any) experience with labour & birth, they won’t be able to provide full support – and it isn’t entirely fair to expect them to provide support around something they don’t know a whole lot about. A birth doula is intimately familiar with natural physiologic birth as well as induction, birthing aids (instruments & drugs), options (positions & alternative therapies, e.g.) and caesarean sections. A birth doula helps mum prioritise her values and put them down in writing into a birth plan, then helps her implement her birth plan and provides the support that she wants. During the postpartum period, a doula can provide experienced support, a much-needed extra pair of hands or an ear & shoulder.
A doula has a lot of experience and tricks in her doula bag to draw on, but her #1 priority is mum: a doula is there for mum and will support her unfailingly through this challenging, inspiring, mind-blowing, pivotal time in her life.
Thinking about support from a doula around the birth of your child(ren)?
Labour & Birth Support – meeting well before labour begins, full support during labour & birth and meeting again after baby arrives.
Birth Planning Support – meeting well before labour begins, helping prepare for labour & birth, but no labour, birth nor postnatal support per se.
Caesarean Birth Support – meeting well before surgery, full support immediately prior to & after birth and meeting again after baby arrives.
Sibling Doula Support – a dedicated buddy for older sibling(s), meeting well before labour begins, full support throughout labour & birth and meeting again after little sister/brother arrives.
Primary Labour & Birth Support – meeting well before labour begins, full support during labour & birth and meeting again after baby arrives; intended for mums without other support, includes more time together.
Postnatal Support – emotional & practical support after bubba’s arrival.
Infant Massage Education – instruction in various infant massage strokes & techniques.
More information coming soon – stay tuned!
My name is Jenn Beiswenger. I’m a birth & postnatal doula and I’m passionate about pregnancy, childbirth and child-rearing. My mission is to empower expectant mums to have the labour and childbirth experience they want, and to help families navigate the first precious months of bub’s life outside the womb. I will do what I can to help mum own the process of bringing her child(ren) into this world, and to have as positive an experience as possible.
More information coming soon – stay tuned!
Located in Penshurst, NSW, Australia
Serving Georges River & Sutherland Shire
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WhatsApp & Phone: 0411 719 754