“She stood at the doorway of birth, holding space for the new mother, supporting her, nurturing her, reminding her of her strength. A child is born. A woman enters through the doors of motherhood. Empowered.”

~ Author unknown ~

The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves”. It is now used to refer to a trained and experienced woman who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and after the birth.

  • Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life;
  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labour;
  • Encourages and assists the woman in gaining knowledge about birth in order to prepare for her experience;
  • Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her wishes for birth;
  • Stays with the woman throughout the labour;
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions
  • Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman’s memory of the birth experience.
  • Encourages the woman’s partner to participate at his/her comfort level

Doula Services Include

A complimentary meet & greet to see if I am your Doula BBF (Birth Best Friend).

  • Birth preferences
  • Desires and vision for your labour and birth
  • Comfort and coping techniques
  • Text, Email and Phone support

  • 24/7 On-Call
  • Text, Email and Phone Support

  • I will be there for physical and emotional support for you and your birth partner during labour and delivery
  • I will stay with you up to two hours after birth; to take photographs and/or video, offer practical support or breastfeeding guidance.

  • Listen to your Birth Story
  • Offer support and education on Postpartum Care
  • Offer Breastfeeding guidance and support
  • Go over ways to smoothly transition into parenthood
  • Or simply just be there for you

Should you be interested in more information, my rates or to meet for a cup of coffee and a chat, then please do not hesitate to contact me.

“Doulas stand at the doorway of life. They support birthing women as they transform into open vessels. Although the aim of midwives or an obstetric medical team is to safeguard the health of the mother and the child, a doula focuses on the mother. A doula mothers the mother.”

~ Amy Wright Glenn ~

Get in touch with me

Brigette Verhoef
WOMBS Doula & HBCE