I'm Carol and I'm your Taranaki doula! I thought I would share a little a bit about me, and what I have been up to!
For the last two years I have had a paid volunteer role as the antenatal convenor for the Parents Centre in New Plymouth. During this time I taught the comfort measures component and facilitated a role play explaining how hormones affect labour.
I am also peer support volunteer for Tui Ora and attend a drop in clinic once a fortnight and enjoy meeting and giving Mums breast feeding support.
I love learning more and have attended seminars – some online but I love the excuse to travel . Topics have included Postnatal Depression, Māori birth practices, Breastfeeding Issues, Pelvic floor …there are many opportunities out there and are a great way to network, spread the doula word and be encouraged.
I have joined Active Birth Taranaki who are running a four week series called Choices in Childbirth starting April 24th. I am taking the comfort measures class which includes a role play of hormones in birth. Each couple receives a goodie bag and brochure with comfort measure ideas and what I offer as a doula.
Recently I partnered with SupportingHer to help promote their antenatal classes for partners. Here is a preview for you…
Being a great support to a mother in labor can be challenging. The goal of this class is to help prepare you for this role by equipping you with ideas, tools and strategies.
The class is designed specifically for partners, but can certainly be viewed as a couple!
In just under 2 hours, the following topics are covered:
defining your role in labor
the timeline of labor, birth and the postpartum period
how to effectively give encouragement
taking care of yourself
how to communicate with care providers and hospital staff
dealing with the unexpected
Offering my doula services through Timebank Taranaki is another venture I am trying out. I think the idea of bartering for a service is great as I would like to help everyone I can, even if they might not be able to afford a doula. Looking forward to seeing where it leads.
Keeping busy and feeling productive (as well as a glass of red wine and a movie!) are some of my passions and I am loving and flowing in something much bigger and rewarding than I could ever imagine.
I love feedback – let me know your thoughts!
Bye for now…