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The continuity of care and presence of a Doula during your pregnancy, birth and the first weeks of your newborn’s life can be an incredible source of support and confidence for pregnant/new mothers, couples and families.  I do not replace your partner or your chosen medical care provider and will work alongside your midwife, GP or obstetrician to ensure you feel supported, informed, empowered and consent to the process that ultimately offers the best possible outcome for you and your family.  Why shouldn’t the birth of your baby be your experience to own, treasure and remember?

Amanda the Sydney birth and postpartum doula supports a woman labouring with a breech baby using spinning babies techniques like this one called “shaking the apple tree”.

The word “Doula” is a Greek word that means “woman’s servant”.  Research released by Klaus Kennell (authors of Mothering the Mother: How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter Easier and Healthier Birth) shows that having a Doula can offer:

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  • 40% reduction in forceps delivery

  • Improved breastfeeding

  • Decrease in postpartum depression

  • Greater maternal satisfaction

  • Better mother-infant interaction

  • 50% reduction in caesarean rate

  • 25% shorter labour

  • 60% reduction in epidural requests

  • 40% reduction in oxytocin use

  • 30% reduction in analgesia use

I’m here for you to ‘hold space’ and provide information on everything pregnancy and birth related – offering this service from a holistic perspective.  At first we meet for an obligation free interview so you can decide if I’m a great fit for you and your partner. 

Supporting a birthing doula client through a drug free water birth at Royal North Shore Public Hospital - Sydney Doula Services - Birth your way

During your pregnancy we get together 2-3 times in your home and discuss your birth wishes and preferences, we talk about your fears around birth and can even practise some birthing positions.  I’m on call from weeks 38-42 of your pregnancy (ie 2 weeks before and after your estimated due date) to attend your labour and birth and can incorporate massage, emotional support, motivation and encouragement, suggest alternate positions, tips for breathing and sounding, aromatherapy, homeopathy, capture the experience and special moments with some photos and more…  

We see each other again after your baby is born and can discuss the birth in detail (debriefing this very special experience) as well as draw on some of my Postpartum Doula techniques. You will be welcome to contact me anytime by phone, text, facebook messenger and email.

amanda the sydney birth and postpartum doula supports a first time mum in a spontaneous birth at randwick
I hired Amanda as my birth doula, best decision ever. She informed us of all available options, helped us design the birth plan and prep us for birth. And on the D-day, her support, knowledge and care is invaluable, I would not be able to have the birth I want if she wasn’t there helping, guiding and encouraging me all the way. Would recommend her anytime! Thanks Amanda!
— melinda & wira: birth doula package clients
“By chance, Amanda and I happened to bump into each other and clicked instantly. Having completed the She Births course I was aware of the Doula option and after a coffee with Amanda we chose to have her on our journey. We discussed our birthing choices in detail and learnt to have an open mind. Amanda provided information on all aspects of delivery including pain relief options, what to bring to the delivery, breathing and massage techniques to name a few. Our baby girl was posterior and after 11 hours of active labour, I was fatiguing and really wanted to have a vaginal delivery. Amanda used acupressure points and homeopathy to help turn the baby into the correct position, and to our relief I felt her turn and she came out face down! My husband also found Amanda to be a great support during the labour. We love the videos and photographs she took of our birth. If you’re considering a Doula, I would highly recommend speaking to Amanda.”
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Sydney birth and postpartum doula Amanda takes a photo of a couple moments after the birthing of their beautiful baby. This was at RHW in Randwick.

Essential Me is Essential You – offering a variety of services that can support you in your journey into motherhood.  These can be offered to you individually or as a combined package.  My passion is to be here to help you (women and couples) in any way possible.  Please click below for more details on my other services:

Postpartum Doula

Ka Huna Massage

Pilates – Postnatal Recovery