what is a doula?
A doula is a non-medical professional who provides parents with informational, physical, and emotional support throughout pregnancy, labour, birth, and the postpartum period.
Our role is to provide you with unbiased support in your decisions, so that you can have the birth and postpartum experience you envision and deserve.
what is a birth doula?
Tamryn Schmahl of Shakti Births thoroughly explains the role of a birth doula.
Tamryn Schmahl, the founder of Shakti Births, completed her birth doula training through Women Offering Mothers Birthing Support (WOMBS) and her postpartum care provider (PPCP) training, based on Dutch kraamzorg methods, through Midwife Cafe. She is also a member of Doulas of South Africa (DOSA), and is a registered birth doula service provider with Discovery Health, Momentum Medical Scheme, and Fedhealth. Click here to read more about Tamryn.
We provide doula support for both vaginal births and caesarean births, as well as postpartum care, in the Gauteng area and surrounds (including, but not limited to, Centurion, Pretoria, Midrand, and Johannesburg). Our doula packages are customisable. Please contact us for a full list of packages available. An example of what is included:
Benefits of a Birth Doula
Cochrane Review, 2017
“When a woman gives birth, she has to reach down inside herself and give more than she thought she had. The limits of her existence are stretched. There is a moment when every woman thinks, ‘I can‘t do this.’ If she is lucky, she has a midwife, a doula or her mom to whisper in her ear, ‘You are doing it.’ As she does it, she becomes someone new: a mother.”
I am trained as a birth doula with Women Offering Mothers Birthing Support (WOMBS), a postpartum care provider (PPCP) with Midwife Cafe, and a HBCBE with HypnoBirthing® International. I am also a founding member of Consciously Connected, a member of Doulas of South Africa (DOSA), an expert for BabyYumYum parenting portal, and an endorsed doula at Life Genesis Maternity Clinic. I am a registered doula service provider with Discovery Health, Momentum Medical Scheme, and Fedhealth.
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When I started my doula work, I often found that the mothers really wanted a doula, but the father was hesitant; he worried about whether I would take his place and he wouldn’t be able to help. Nothing is further from the truth, so I wrote this little piece to explain just how the doula works with a couple.
What if I told you that you can afford a doula?
A doula is an integral member of your birth team. Whether you are planning a hospital birth with aaalll the pain meds you can get your hands on, a homebirth with nothing but water and essential oils – or any other sort of awesome birth in between – a doula is going to be one of the most valuable investments you can make, for one of the most important days of your life.