I am Your Doula

 doula and midwife - Limerick support

SUPPORTING YOU AS YOU JOURNEY TO MEET YOUR BABY

I answer your call in the middle of the night.  Labour has begun.  Would you like me to meet you?

I am your doula.

I get to hospital and see you're feeling discouraged.  I hold you as those tears begin to fall.  It's okay to cry and tell me how you feel.

I am your doula.

I congratulate you on all the progress you have made so far.  Early labour IS labour and your body is working with you. 

I am your doula.

I remind you to breathe slowly and deeply as those surges come.  Want to listen to your hypnobirthing tracks?  Let's create a quiet space for you.

I am your doula.

I stay with you while your partner gets you both some much-needed food.  Does he need to use the toilet and get some fresh air?  I will remain with you.  You are not alone.

I am your doula. 

Want to try something different?  I encourage you to change labour positions.

I massage your back as those surges roll in.  Does that position feel good?  I trust your intuition.

I am your doula. 

I help lighten the mood between contractions and you, your partner and I laugh over some of our conversation!  What are you looking forward to most about meeting your baby?  I'd love to know and I'm here to listen.

I am your doula. 

I encourage you + your partner to sleep after being awake for almost a full day.  We soften your birth space and I give you both the privacy you need.

I am your doula. 

I tell your partner it's ok for them to feel exhausted and express that to me.  Labour is emotional and physically demanding for them too!  I'm here for them just as much as I'm here for you.

I am your doula. 

I breathe with you and hold your hand when things start to become more intense.  You ask will you be able to "handle" when transition nears. I encourage you to take one surge at a time, deciding what feels right for you. 

I am your doula. 

The sounds of your labour have changed.  Your moans are primal and deep.  I reassure your partner that all of these signs appear when baby's arrival is near.

I am your doula.

Your partner looks at me with tears in his eyes- amazed by your strength.  I silently nod and commend his confidence and ability to comfort you. 
 

I am your doula.

You have turned inward now, getting into the zone of birth.  What's this incredible pressure?  The urge to push!

Your baby arrives so soft and so sweet.  I stand back in awe of another family and a baby I'm delighted to meet.

I am your doula.

Questions to Ask Before Booking in for Placenta Encapsulation

BECAUSE EVERY SERVICE IS DIFFERENT

Before booking in for placenta encapsulation, there are some questions you may like to ask the person or business who will be providing the service.  A good place to start may be looking at their website or social media pages.  I always recommend emailing or private messaging when you would like more information.


  • 1)  What type of training do they have?  This is essential to provide a safe service.  Your placenta is being turned into a food product, something you will consume.  Food safety certification and bloodborne pathogen training is a must, as is placenta encapsulation training.  A triple certification is what I would recommend.  Most specialists in Ireland have this qualification but it never hurts to ask!

*** I am triple certified in food safety training, bloodborne pathogen training and completed my extensive placenta encapsulation training with IPEN.


  • 2)  Where will your placenta be turned into capsules?  Is this professional service carried out in the specialist's home or do they have a separate unit/facility where the encapsulation process takes place?  Some specialists also offer this service in the client's own home.  Expectant parents may have a preference while others do not have a preference at all. The choice is always yours!

*** All our placenta encapsulation services are done in a separate unit designed with your safety in mind. Alternatively, the process can be done in a client’s home if that is their preference.


  • 3)  Who collects your placenta from your home or hospital, depending on where you give birth?  Does the placenta specialist collect it themselves or do they use a courier?  If a courier is used, what training do they have (if any)?  How are the proper temperature checks done?  Is a temperature controlled vehicle for blood product delivery used?  Do they collect more than one placenta at a time?  All follow up questions you may like to ask. Some parents do not mind a courier being used while others prefer the personalised service of the placenta specialist collecting themselves. The placenta specialist will have learned how to safely transport a placenta as part of their training.

*** Limerick Doula Services’ gold standard service means your placenta is always collected by me personally. A courier is not used because we believe this professional service deserves that personal touch! I also enjoy answering any questions you may have during collection.


  • 4)  How will your placenta be kept cold?  Once your baby and placenta are birthed, your placenta will need to be put on ice or into a refrigeration unit within 30 min. to ensure it can safely be consumed.  It then has four hours to get below 8°C and stay there.  Do you need to buy a cool bag, ice blocks, etc. for this process or does the placenta specialist provide these items for you?

*** At Limerick Doula Services we understand just how busy expectant families are. As part of our service, a chiller kit rental is included in your placenta encapsulation booking. Everything you need to keep your placenta safely stored and chilled is included. That means peace of mind for you and less hassle!

  • 5)  What other remedies does the specialist provide?  Some specialists only provide encapsulation- when your placenta is turned into capsules.  Others offer remedies like placenta essence, tincture, homeopathy and more!

*** We offer a wide range of placenta remedies including capsules, chocolates, fruit smoothies, tincture, essence, homeopathic remedies and more! Please see our placenta services page for more details and to access a document outlining the benefits of each.

 A placenta essence!- this is great to keep and use after you have taken all your capsules

A placenta essence!- this is great to keep and use after you have taken all your capsules

  • 6)  When can you expect your capsules back?  Most specialists try to return your remedies to you within a few days.  You may also like to ask how the remedies will be returned to you- by post or delivery in person.

*** We always aim to have a new mum’s capsules back to her within 72 hours if possible. For people living within 40 km of Limericky City, the remedies are returned in person. For those living outside of 40 km, they have a choice of having their capsules delivered via registered post or in person.

Many parents-to-be may like to ask these questions to learn more about the service provider they are thinking of going with. Only you can decide what feels right for you. To learn more about the placenta encapsulation services I offer, including reported benefits, prices and FAQs, please see my services page here. You may also use my online booking system to secure a place in my calendar by following this link. It only takes 5 min. to book in. You can also always get in touch if you have questions!

I Can Wait for You, Darling!- When I Wished my Baby was Born "Late"

 Going past your due date

just in time for all the possible christmas babies!

I was expecting my fourth baby and I knew that yet again, I would have another little one born around the holidays.  (Fun fact about me- three of my children are born within three weeks of each other!) With an estimated birth date of the 18th of December, the inevitable "oh!  I bet you're going to have your baby on Christmas!" comments were relentless.  I didn’t find any of them amusing, to say the least!

While many parents are hoping they won't go too far past their baby's estimated birth date for a variety of reasons (discomfort, fear of induction, feeling emotionally “done”, etc.), I was actually willing my baby to wait and hold off until after Christmas for arrival.  Why?

Postnatal recovery is NO JOKE!  The last thing I wanted to do was try to navigate Christmas with a newborn and a maternity pad the size of Noah's Ark in my underpants.  I didn't want to worry about trying to make Christmas special for my older children (aka making sure they didn’t feel left out) while I was recovering from the possibility of stitches and feeling sore.  I wanted to participate in all the Christmas-y things like making cookies, preparing our big family meal and helping my children with new toys, etc. I wanted to be well-rested and not sleep deprived for the holiday.  I didn't want the added headache of trying to decide which family members we did or did not want visiting and the guilt of not going to my in-law’s if I just wasn't up for it.   (While my in-law’s are very understanding, I also know many families who sadly are not and would expect new parents to travel very early on postnatally). Postpartum recovery also means navigating the world of infant feeding, helping your older children adjust to life with a new baby, trying to find a new normal and navigate the huge hormonal shifts that come postpartum.  My eldest son was born the 22nd of December so I had been there, done that.  I had navigated all of the vast physical and emotional struggles of new parenthood with an infant over the holidays. I did not want to experience it again if I could avoid it... and I did!

I understand why some expectant parents would want to have their baby before Christmas but I knew it wasn't my preference.  I also realise in many instances there is a medical reason why a baby would have to be born before Christmas. With a very healthy pregnancy and no medical reason for my baby to be born before the holiday, I went ahead and told my unborn child still in the womb that I was ready whenever they were and that it was okay if they would like to remain comfy and cosy nestled inside me for a little longer.  My youngest baby boy arrived the 27th December when spontaneous labour began!

Note to self… stop getting knocked up in March!