As your Birth Doula I would support you through the pregnancy, birth and the immediate postpartum. We would meet before labour to talk about your family’s particular needs, discuss your options, choices and preferences for birth, optimal fetal positioning tips according to Spinning Babies approach, your plans for building a postpartum support system or whatever you might want to work on. I would join you on the big day in your chosen birth place, providing continuous support until baby arrives. I would visit you later at home, offering help with newborn care, feeding, getting sleep and rest, dealing with emotions, answering to the needs of your new family. You can add additional hours of postpartum care and special treatments like a Rebozo Cerrada ceremony, also known as closing the bones, to this package.
Early days of parenting are a very tender time in a life of a new family. Transitioning to parenthood is one of the greatest rites of passage of our lives. Planning ahead and having a support system in place is very important. Having someone around to support and guide you, taking care of the small stuff for you can help this time become a sweet memory for years to come. These services are tailored to your needs, I would be happy to help.
Babywearing is one of my personal favourite tools in parenting. Carrying your baby in a wrap or carrier is both practical and lovely. Babies who are held close, especially in the so called fourth trimester, often cry less, sleep better and have fever tummy issues. Parents have their hands free to do everyday tasks, partners get the sweet bonding time, being in direct physical contact with baby has a positive effect on lactation and even lowers rates of postpartum mood disorders. I have over 5 years of experience as a babywearing consultant and I have worn my own babies, through fevers, teething, Berlin’s winters and travelling. I love teaching parents about safe and comfortable babywearing.
Touch is one of the most powerful senses for babies and sensations coming through skin are a powerful stimuli for their developing brains. Being in contact with your baby, gentle touch and loving attention bring a beautiful connection, a strong bond, feelings of belonging and relaxation. Shantala is a traditional Indian massage technique brought to Europe by a french obstetrician and author Frédérick Leboyer. I am a certified Shantala massage instructor and offer private and group classes for new parents and their babies.