♡ $1500 (virtual or in-person) ♡
If you are wanting to know more about my services and the role of a doula throughout your pregnancy, birth &after baby arrives, I provide a full 45minute consultation either in-person of virtually. During this time we can establish what type of support you are hoping to receive by myself during your beautiful journey to motherhood.
I offer 2-3 visits (2 hrs each) during your pregnancy where we will get to know each other and go over important planning aspects in preparation for your birth and post postpartum. We will look at relaxation techniques for labour, including visualisation, deep breathing exercises, hypnotherapy, optimal fetal positioning and other methods for you to use during your labour. At least one of these visits should include your birth partner where we will go through tools to equipt them in supporting you well and confidently.
I am available and on-call between 38-40 weeks of your pregnancy to attend your birth and assist you however you desire during your labour. You are welcome to contact me any time within this time, and if you believe you are in established labour I will travel to your house or where ever you plan to give birth. I will help you to maintain a calm and positive labour throughout your labour and birth through using the techniques for relaxation we have practiced throughout the antenatal visits. During this time I will create space for you & also work closely with your birth partner & be an advocate and sounding board for them, so that you are able to focus on the beautiful work you are doing in bringing your baby into the world.
During this time I will provide 2-3 visits after your birth once you have settled at home and assist you with breastfeeding, meal preparation, help with your older children so that you feel you are able to focus on your new baby. I am also able to be contacted anytime throughout the first 6-8 weeks after you return home to ensure you are feeling confident inside & out with the new demands on you as you focus on the beautiful new addition to your family. I am also able to provide referrals to any specialists if you require this. My aim is to ensure you feel confident in caring for your newborn baby and the stability in your home is maintained throughout this transition.
Ahava Birth Complete Support Package
Ahava birth doula
The journey up until now
It was the middle of Winter 2014 & Leah was on a rural nursing placement for 5 weeks in the middle of nowhere thinking about if this would be worth the sacrifice of being away from family & friends to have experience in a smaller hospital .
And she can say without a doubt , it honestly was ! She had the opportunity to spend a day in a birth suite and maternity ward where she fell head-over-heels in love . Leah had found it – this was the environment she wanted to spend her days of work in . After finishing her Bachelor of Nursing in 2016 , she enrolled in a course that would provide certification as a Birth Doula . Finding what you’re passionate about sometimes takes time , & with her journey , she found that there was definitely something embedded underneath the love she had for talking with her friends about their birth experiences & taking photos of their new born babes . Before going out in search for a way for her friends to be more well-supported & protected throughout this brand new , and challenging season , she had never known of birth doulas being readily available to families .
With limitation in the amount of birth doula services she found , she knew her friends probably wouldn’t go looking for support like this , most likely because they would never have known of something like this being available to them . So she decided to start her own business as a birth doula . To be entrusted to work with women & equip them to rise to meet the challenge that is birth & parenthood is her greatest honour . Being able to invest her time in supporting women who need it the most , whether they be those who have supportive partners , those who are committed to raising a family on their own , or those who have experienced past trauma & need someone to walk them through a emotionally demanding time . No matter if your pregnancy was planned or unplanned , knowing there is someone committed to walking this season with you is sometimes all you need . From her own experience , she understands that we are better together & would love the honour to be by your side in supporting you & your family .
“We will never get used to seeing a new life being born. The purity of vulnerability that is witnessed as the deepest imaginable kind of love endures, through more than what could be previously thought, into holding brand new and precious creation that is all yours . Yearning to be on the other side of the process and hold the beautiful new life that will soon belong to you is a beautiful thing. Nothing measures close to fulfilling that desire. It is something hard to put into words but having the honour to see someone quite literally breathing for someone else, and in this, being drawn closer and closer to meeting the one they have endured for is an experience you cannot forget . Nothing like it has ever been done , each new life is unique and different in it’s arrival and the environment surrounding it is raw and powerful , yet words often fail to give expression to what is occurring . Whether it is the respect the labouring partner gains for the love-of-their-life , the relief of the mother when the labouring stops or the tears that are shed in the room when a father lays eyes on his child for the first time . Nothing compares to the joy that it is to be apart of humanity’s story making way . “