Birth and the transition to parenthood is life changing. It can encompass the most precious moments of your life, as well as present your biggest fears.

Our support services are designed on an individual basis, to help the pregnant women and families on the Surf Coast feel informed, empowered, supported and prepared for their journey through birth and into the postpartum.

Evidence suggests that when a pregnant woman has a strong support network, her experience of birth and the transition to motherhood is more positive and satisfying.

What it means to have a positive birth is different for everyone. We help pregnant people and families understand exactly what it means for them, so we can provide just the right support, with care and attention.

Whether you want continuity-of-care after the birth of your baby, private sessions to discuss your transition home after birth or even postpartum appointments from a private Midwife (in addition to what is offered by your medical care provider) to discuss any challenges or concerns, learn feeding techniques or debrief your birth with emotional support from a trained birth professional, we are here to help.

Birth & Postpartum Support

We are currently not offering birth support services from a doula, but are more than happy to chat with you about your needs and refer you to any of the vast network of doulas in the area that we are connected with. Each doula brings their own set of skills, passion and expertise so it’s important to get the right fit for you. We are also currently in the process of curating some incredibly nourishing Postpartum Support Packages that include lots of different goodies and options – from massage & body work, to nutritious food & replenishment, to private midwifery care, to pelvic physio treatments and more. Watch this space!

$100 per hour

Our casual option for birth preparation and support. Quite often mummas feel like they need a check-in with someone outside their medical care providers, to discuss a particular topic or concern. This usually occurs later in pregnancy and can help a mumma to understand or process things that may be holding her back, so she can surrender to her birthing journey feeling positive. These sessions can also be helpful to empower birth partners in their role, solidifying the teamwork and partnership before the day arrives.

  • 1 hour private sessions (can be modified according to needs)

  • Personalised support from a trained professional

  • Can be via phone, zoom or in person

  • Can be booked whenever needed

*A minimum of 4 hours engagement is required to have access to our discounted add-ons.

Currently, Village Birth is not offering our full pregnancy and birth support packages, as our doulas do not have availability at this time.

We do, however, offer hourly consults and also have a page of local resources here which lists many of the birth and post partum doulas doing wonderful work in the region. We highly recommend meeting with a few doulas first before making a decision, as they all bring their own unique set of skills. Finding the right fit is important.

We are aways looking for ways to support other people who are passionate about pregnancy, birth and motherhood, so have created this mini list for your convenience. Please note, we are not in any way affiliated with or endorsing these businesses, we are simply offering a starting point for your discovery journey. We hope you find what you need!

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What is a doula?

The role of a birth doula is to provide physical and emotional support during pregnancy and birth, as well as evidence-based information to help you get clear on what is important to you.

A doula’s presence is non-medical. They will support your pregnancy, respect your preferences, advocate for you and teach you how to advocate for yourself. They are your cheer squad and believe in you! There are also postpartum doulas who support new mothers in their transition to parenthood. A doula is an incredibly valuable resource to have on your team!

Anyone can have a doula or birth assistant. Whether you are in the public or private hospital systems, private birth retreat or having a private home birth – we encourage you to explore how having a doula could help you. These services are supportive of, and complimentary to, your care provider’s services.

A connection is developed with your doula during pregnancy by meeting on several occasions (usually in your own home), which solidifies a warm and trusting relationship in the lead up to birth. Getting to know each other really helps a doula provide support specifically for your needs, making the experience as special as it can be.

Doulas have your back…

There are many reasons for having a doula or birth assistant attend your labour.

  • They provide emotional and physical support during pregnancy, birth and early post partum days
  • They listen to what really matters most to you and advocate for your choices
  • They help you understand your choices so you can make informed decisions
  • They discuss birth physiology, pain and fear and help you feel prepared
  • They offer continuity of care so you have someone you know and trust supporting your birth
  • They help your birth partner to understand their role supporting you