Hi I'm Jacqui and I am a Doula, was a nurse (13 years), am a mother of 5 and Owner of Warragul Wellness Centre. I am extremely passionate about educating women on their options, both medical and natural in an unbiased way. I enjoy being able to connect and support women through their journey into motherhood. I strongly believe that information is power and that everyone has the rite to choose what works for them and their family. I completed my training at the Australian Doula College and am a labour Doula as well as a post natal Doula.
So What is a Doula?
A Doula is a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother who is expecting, is experiencing labour, or has recently given birth. The Doula’s purpose is to help women have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience.
Most Doula-client relationships begin a few months before the baby is due. During this period, they develop a relationship in which the mother feels free to ask questions, express her fears and concerns, and take an active role in creating a birth plan.
Most Doula's make themselves available to the mother by phone in order to respond to her questions or address any concerns that might arise during the course of the pregnancy. Doula's do not provide any type of medical care. However, they are knowledgeable in many medical aspects of labour and delivery.
As such, they can help their clients gain a better understanding of the procedures and possible complications in late pregnancy or delivery.
Book below for a no obligation, free consultation and find out how a Doula can help your birthing experience.
Full Labour Support
This package includes: $850 ($400 as a retainer fee once hired & $450 due 3 weeks before baby’s due date) Concession $700, Repeat clients 10% off
2 x 1 hour face to face consultations to prepare you for labour
1 x 1 hour pregnancy massage at Warragul Wellness Centre
1 x Pregnancy wellbeing pack
On call support 2 weeks before until 2 weeks after your due date
Labour support in hospital or home for the duration of your labour and 1 hour post birth
1 x follow up visit at home (usually 2 – 3 weeks after birth)
Are you wanting the support and unbiased information of a doula services, but
Not wanting an extra person in your birth?
Not able to afford a labour doula?
Not local to Gippsland?
Then using my virtual Doula service might be for you. Our virtual consultations can be carried out in the comfort of your own home via skype or phone.
We will discuss your past birth history, your pregnancy, comfort and care during early and active labour, your feelings about your birth, your fears, informed consent, hospital policies, procedures that may come up before and during labour, Medical interventions, and pain relief options.
We can discuss the benefits of breastfeeding, should you decide to breastfeed.
I will be available during your labour via phone or skype for emotional support, guidance and information for both you and your partner.
My virtual Doula package includes: $450
2 x 1.5 hour skype or phone consultations.
Support via phone/skype from 38 weeks until Baby is Born (9am to 8pm weekdays)
On call support via phone during labour 24/7
Pre and post birth package: $550
This is a great option for those wanting someone to be a sounding board for thoughts around your labour and pregnancy as well as follow up support after birth. Perfect for those having their second or subsequent children and may need extra support once home. We will discuss your past birth history, your pregnancy, comfort and care during early and active labour, your feelings about your birth, your fears, informed consent, hospital policies, procedures that may come up before and during labour, Medical interventions, and pain relief options. We can discuss the benefits of breastfeeding, should you decide to breastfeed.
Pre and Post Birth Package includes:
2 x 1 hour skype or phone consultation before baby is born
1 x 1 hour skype or phone consultation in the first week after birth
2 x 1.5 hour in home support (home visit usually 2 – 3 week postpartum after the health nurses have reduced visits) If located within 1 hour of Warragul, otherwise will be skype or phone consults
Pregnancy Mentoring: $60 90 min session
Are you pregnant? Feeling overwhelmed? Wanting someone to have as a sounding board for feelings/decisions around your pregnancy and birth?
Come and see Jacqui (Nurse of 13 years, Doula and mother of 5) for unbiased support through your pregnancy. Jacqui can give you information on all aspects of pregnancy and birth and can be a sympathetic ear for you to express your feelings and concerns.
Post-natal Doula support: $50 p/hr (min 2 hours 9am to 5pm) concession $40p/h (min 2 hours 9am to 5pm) After hours $60p/h
As I am also qualified as a postnatal doula, I can offer help on the other side of birth - when baby arrives, which for many of us can be a big shock.
Not only are we recovering from the birth, dealing with wild hormone fluctuations and massive exhaustion, but on top of this, we have a tiny baby to care for... that's some overwhelming stuff.
The good news is, a postnatal doula can help with all the above. My goal is to help you transition to motherhood, enjoy your baby and handle all the challenges that come your way. Ultimately, I offer support to keep you sane during a crazy, albeit amazing time in your life.
As your postnatal doula, I am not there to tell you how to parent or to judge you for your parenting decisions. I understand that parents have different beliefs and philosophies about how they want to raise their baby - and will support your position, only offering additional information if you request it.
Your wellbeing is my top priority - so physically, mentally and emotionally, I am all over you., which is kind of indulgent when you think about it because new babies tend to get all the care and attention, when it's mum that needs it most of all.
I can help with:
Growing your confidence whilst being supported in your home
Understanding your baby’s developmental leaps & cues
Time to connect with your baby, time to rest and catch up on sleep
Trusting your role as a mother and tuning into your intuition
Light home duties, cooking and running errands, support for other siblings
*Payment Plans are available, please discuss with Jacqui during your Meet And Greet consultation.