Doula Offerings

If you are unsure of which service would best suit your needs, book a free initial consultation so we can get to know each other and explore what working together would look like.

Consultation Support

Birth Preference Consultation Deciding where and how to give birth is one of life’s biggest and most important questions, that takes both time and information to answer. Yet, due to a highly pressured healthcare system, we often need to decide this as soon as the early weeks of pregnancy, in order to access the care we wish, especially if there is curiosity for a birth beyond the hospital setting. With this added stress many of us settle for the options that are easily presented to us, rather than looking within and asking ourselves: Where do I see myself giving birth in the gentlest and most empowered and fearless way? Who do I want by my side as I birth? In which setting does my baby want to be born? To answer these questions one needs to be informed about the options that are available to us. I am here to listen as you explore your preferences, but also to ask you the questions you did not know you needed to answer, so that we can set you up for a birth in full alignment with yours and your family’s preferences and make sure you are the best prepared for it.

Prenatal Support Session My prenatal Support Sessions are there as an open and safe space to explore all topics that come with the inevitable changes as you welcome new life. This ranges from birth preparation, pregnancy bodily and mental health topics, foetal positioning, writing a birth and postpartum plan to learning how to hold your own space during pregnancy and birth and knowing how to advocate for yourself as well as breathing and movement advice for everyday life and your birthing day. It also includes setting yourself and your home up for welcoming baby as well as literature references and preparation for the sacred postpartum time. Depending on what you want to focus on I am happy to create a format that works for you and your family in terms of number of sessions and setup.

Postpartum Support and Breastfeeding Consultation We tend to spend a lot more time preparing ourselves for the birth of our babies, than for the sacred and intense first few weeks with them. The fourth trimester is the time we spend getting to know our little ones and their needs, but it’s also the time we heal and recover from the hard work of pregnancy and birth. The importance of rest for this healing to take place cannot be stressed enough. Sleep deprivation, feeling unsure about what our babies need or struggling with breastfeeding is so, so common and if you find yourself feeling stressed out, getting the support you need is crucial for you and your family. Stress has a powerful impact on our bodies and can effect our mood, our recovery and, in the case of breastfeeding, our milk supply. It is a time we truly learn the power and importance of self care, as our little one depends on our wellbeing and we heal from a journey demanding most of us. My knowledge of the postpartum time extends from the first latch and healing after birth to postpartum nutrition, meal planning and baby- and toddler-wearing.

Childbirth Education Being informed is our greatest ally when it comes to birth. Knowing the nature of the natural physiological event of childbirth is understanding how we were made to meet its demands and how we can best allow our bodies to do so. You already know how to give birth, but sometimes our minds gets in between. At other times our care providers have a different idea than us of what we need. In these moments being informed is key. It allows us to advocate for ourselves and request the care we want. I teach childbirth education in three evidence-based chapters: Physical Birth, Emotional Birth and Knowing Your Options, which together cover the anatomy of birth, the bridges between the physical and emotional experience of birth, how to prepare ourselves on all levels, coping mechanisms for early and active labour and delivery, birth breathing guidance, birthing positions, pain management and birth partner support techniques such as massage and rebozo. Most often I speak to both birthing parent and birth partner at these session that extend over three hours and can take place at any time in the pregnancy.

Doula Support

Birth Companionship Through my work as a birth doula, I offer birth companionship, but part of this is also being there for my clients during pregnancy, following their journey intimately and offering my support and presence where needed. It is where the foundation of a journey is set and seeds of intentions are sown and as part of that together we explore what support means for them on a profound level. This will look different to each and everyone of us and my objective is to always meet my clients where they are at, rather than ever imposing what birth should be or look like. There are literally as many ways to birth as there are birthing people. I am there to support my clients in making informed decisions, while reminding them to listen to their intuition and offering continuous emotional support and physical comfort. I am there to support a space that is free from factors that shift your focus away from yourself as you birth and help you create as sacred of an experience as possible as you welcome your child. Birth of Light birth companionship is available Palermo-wide or virtually and includes:

  • Limitless support by phone, email and texts, meaning you can reach out to me at any time, from the moment the contract is signed until 6th week postpartum. 
  • Three prenatal support sessions (1,5-2h each) focused on your physical and emotional needs through the pregnancy, your questions, understanding birth, setting birth intentions and articulating your preferences in order to shape the framework that will hold your sacred birthing time.
  • Breathing and movement exercises chosen specifically for your body and baby to do daily independently as a ritual of centering yourself and preparing for birth.
  • Support completing and if needed translating your birth plan. 
  • Two weeks before and two weeks after your estimated due date, I am on call and ready to head out to you at any time 24/7. 
  • At your birth, I am there from the active birthing phase until the end of the golden new born hour, continuously and intuitively supporting you and your family emotionally and physically, gently guiding your with my knowledge and experience of childbirth and holding space with the intention of allowing you to fully and completely focus on birthing your child, while feeling safe, centred and empowered.
  • One postpartum support session within the first ten days after your baby is born to check in on you, discuss the birth and see if further support is required.  
  • Literature and media reference list for pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
  • Support in understanding how to prepare your family and home for the arrival of your baby. 

Postpartum doula support My postpartum doula work is focused on honouring the sacred healing time after birth that is there for bonding and recovering, as undisturbed and supported as possible. The postpartum time is one of the most humbling and grounding times of life – it’s a time we truly get to practice letting go of expectations and simply go with the flow of our baby and healing body. I am there to support my clients feeling confident and centred as they take their first steps as parents. Each session is like a recap of what the last 24h have been like, so that those steps can be what they need to be: baby steps.

  • Me checking in on you and your baby daily or as often as desired, and offering gentle and soulful advice with the intention of creating a healing and peaceful bonding baby bubble for your family.
  • My knowledge and experience as a certifying breastfeeding counsellor.
  • Advice and support with baby sleeping and feeding cycles from the newborn stage into toddlerhood.
  • Newborn care and mama care – healing after vaginal or cesarean birth.
  • Pelvic floor reintegration through gentle exercises and breathing work following the birth.
  • Emotional support transitioning into parenthood and processing the birth.
  • Preparation of nourishing and delicious meals and drinks.
  • Support creating a calm and harmonious space around you with everything you and your baby needs.
  • Help you free up time for yourself to sleep or bond with your baby.
  • Limitless support by phone, email and texts, meaning you can reach out to me at any time, from the moment the contract is signed up until our work together is done. 

Pregnancy and Birth related Yoga and Pranayama

Prenatal Hatha Yoga Pregnancy is a powerful time to tap into a deeper understanding of our bodies and minds and my prenatal classes are there as a space to explore that realm and access the tools that will be essential for the journey ahead. Hatha Yoga and Pranayama offer countless ways to support the pregnant yogi in the physical, emotional and energetic changes (and challenges!) that arrive with the transition of holding and birthing life. Indeed, like nothing else yoga nurtures those connections between body, mind and spirit – connections we depends on as we birth our babies and become reborn ourselves as parents. Let yourself move through this journey whilst feeling grounded, strong, secure and at peace. I teach prenatal yoga that is suitable for yogis in all trimesters, with or without previous experience of Hatha Yoga. 

Prenatal or Postnatal Yin Yoga is a practice of opening up and letting go. Finding stillness is a brave and radical act and although Yin Yoga Asana from the outside may look less ‘advanced’ than a handstand or compass pose, the opposite is true for most of us. It is a practice that allows us to let go not just of physical tension, but also of the voice of our ego and invites us to do less and feel more.

Postnatal Hatha Yoga Returning to the mat as a newborn parent is a humbling and powerful experience. What we may meet is a new body, softer, squishier and milkier than before. We may also meet a lot of emotions as we come into a body that is processing and healing after pregnancy and birth. Whatever it is that we experience as we arrive back into our yoga practice, it is essential we meet it with openness, acceptance, patience and grace. The postnatal practice should be a space where the postpartum body is honoured and cared for as strength and stability is gently reintroduced.

Pelvic floor centred Yoga and Pranayama In this class we focus completely on the deep and superficial layers of the muscles at the base of our torso that provides support to so many of our basic functions: breathing, moving, bearing weight, elimination and whole body-stabilisation. For having such an essential role in our health, how to keep it healthy is often poorly understood, even though pelvic floor health is attainable through any sort of physical movement, as long as there is awareness and understanding. This class is suitable for anyone with a vagina, but is especially beneficial before, during or after pregnancy.

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