Hello from your Taranaki doula!

February 3, 2018

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…

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