Rebozo technique - Jessica
Jessica's baby was back to back (OP). So amongst other manoeuvres, we used a Rebozo technique called 'sifting'. The rebozo (a traditional Mexican cloth, in this case a bed sheet) will hold the mother's weight whilst she stands & the rocking/sifting throughout contractions can help baby to descend & rotate. Jessica's baby boy did rotate during labour & came peacefully earthside :)
Jaya & Sarav's VBAC
We can not thank Jane enough for her unwavering support during our longed-for VBAC. Thanks to our birth preparation meetings with Jane we knew the pros & cons of each medical intervention that was suggested to us and therefore felt confident in our decisions during our labour. We finally got to experience the most amazing unmedicated, natural birth, yay!
Jane was our Doula for our 2nd AND 3rd births. I was unsure if i'd need a doula again as i'd already given birth twice before but having jane there again was undoubtedly the right decision. I've learned that every birth is different & my 3rd was VERY long. Jane's physical & emotional support was invaluable. Another incredible experience. Jane has such a calming presence & i feel so safe when i know that i have her support. Jane will always hold a very special place in the heart of our family.
'What a blessed companion Jane was to us. Jane helped us navigate some turbulent times. Her inexhaustible source of info & resource, unique commitment to open&accessible communication & above all her profound care, we entered labour feeling supported&informed. She travelled our journey, empathised our insecurities&doubts, lifted us thru with confidence&caring presence. Her encouraging words&touch gave me the strength to breathe through my surges. Our sacred journey was sealed with respect'
Mary & Nige
We laughed (a lot), sat in silence & shed some tears, Jane never let go of my hand. She was calm, caring & our absolute rock. A wealth of information that really prepared us for the birth we wanted. Our baby calmly entered the world... I've been able to overcome a lifetime of birth fears & am now left with wonderful, positive memories. Jane was exactly the support we needed to help us navigate childbirth & no words will ever do her justice. Thank you so very much Jane, until next time ;)
Jessica & Liam
Jane was an integral part of our birth journey. 1st time parents & so far from family. Jane equipped us with the knowledge & confidence to pursue the birth experience we wanted. When challenges arose i felt empowered to advocate for the choices i wanted and we were so grateful to have Jane by our side throughout the whole process. Throughout my (very) long labour we laughed & we cried but most of all we knew we had a trusted confidante, advocate, cheerleader, birth guru & dear friend in Jane
Athylya & Rohin's VBAC
'My VBAC was an amazing life changing experience. I couldn't have done it without my OB, my Doula Jane & of course hubby. These 2 ladies were incredible pillars of support & positivity. From plodding through a strange on-off labour, keeping me focused when things looked like they wouldn't progress to pulling the baby out myself, Dr A & Jane did everything they could to help me through. Can't recommend them highly enough. Huge shout out to to these 2 amazing ladies, incredible OB & Doula'
'Jane was the most incredible support and I thank my lucky stars that she was our Doula for the birth of our daughter. I had the most beautiful, peaceful and empowering birth, and Jane saw me through it all, with her gentle faith and unwavering compassion. We feel so lucky to have had such a wonderful positive experience and will always be forever grateful! Trust your body, trust the process, hire a fantastic Doula, and beautiful things can happen. Thank you Jane!'
Aly & Ryan
Previous pregnancies had left me a nervous wreck for this birth but Jane calmed me instantly. Friendly, experienced, down to earth, a brilliant sense of humour & ready to listen. No judgement & our birth preferences kept forefront. Her constant support & reassurance saw me through with no pain relief. Jane kept my husband calm & that kept me calm. We couldn’t have done it without her & i fear would’ve been pushed down the assisted route. Jane will always have a special place in our hearts
Twakniqua & Emory's VBAC
'A healing birth for both of us... we can not thank Jane enough for her support during my VBAC. Jane not only put my husband at ease for my VBAC goal but also inspired him to be hands on during the birth. Her support was priceless. It was an amazing experience for us all'
Nick & baby Grey
Leah & Nick
'Never will i be in more awe of what my body is capable of, the power of the human body, respecting the process of Mother Nature, or of the love and support given to me in the most beautiful natural experience i have had to date. Jane, Nick and my little star Noah, I thank you guys from the bottom of my heart, you saw me through every moment. This photo really captures the love'
Susana & baby Tiago
'Your supporting words, gentle touch and massage helped me more than any drugs i took in my previous birth. Thank you Jane for helping to facilitate a safe space. I feel so grateful to have been able to give birth in such a beautiful & peaceful way' (Susana had a beautiful waterbirth)
Leah & Felipe
'My husband had been a bit unsure about the idea of a doula, he was worried he would feel useless and out of place. However, Jane never once made him feel that way - Jane's presence took a lot of the pressure off of him and he was able to focus on supporting me emotionally. My labour and delivery was the most amazing experience of my life (and my husband's) and Jane played a big part in that. I will be always grateful to her for helping me to see how strong I could be'
Paul & baby Saoirse
Saorise gets some beautiful skin to skin time with her daddy :)
Leah, upright in water
'The labour and delivery of my first child was very traumatic. There were a lot of unnecessary and unwanted interventions and I was still very upset about it going into my second pregnancy, I was fearful of feeling so powerless again. When I first met Jane, rather than dismiss my fears, as many people had, she immediately made me feel reassured that I could achieve the birth that I wanted. Jane was an amazing support and seemed to know exactly what I needed to help to relieve my discomfort'
'Jane arrived at 2am and didn't get a minute's rest until it was time for my baby to come earthside. Labour was long & tough but she kept supporting, encouraging & reminding me of the beautiful journey that labour is. Im so grateful to have laboured the way i wanted thanks to the love & support that Jane gave me in our prenatal sessions and on d-day itself'
Nesli & Liya
'When we met I instantly felt “she is the one!”. I was comfortable & felt like I had known Jane for ages. Our birth preparation classes were great, she thought of everything. She was always available for questions, and i felt in great hands so i could finally start relaxing. Jane was the best advocate that we could have had, communicating and protecting me and my baby from any commotion. We couldn’t have asked for a better Doula. Jane will always have a special place in our hearts'
Sian & Reuben
Sian had a very speedy labour with Reuben and experienced the full wonder of something called the Fetal Ejection Reflex. This is something only experienced in a totally unmedicated, undisturbed birth and is testament to the body's amazing physiological capacity to birth baby quickly and easily without voluntary pushing from mum. - Learn more about the FER here: at:https://www.bellybelly.com.au/birth/fetal-ejection-reflex-what-is-it-and-how-does-it-happen/
Anja & Matej
'I can't imagine us having done this alone, it was the best decision to have a doula, educating and supporting us along the way. Jane was someone we could rely on, since we are so far away from home and from family. She was the one we asked the silly and the scary questions and she always provided us with the best advice. When I look back, I know we made all the right decisions'
Alex & baby Noa
Having their much needed skin to skin
Joumana & Yousef
Joumana laboured beautifully at home, labour was steady and progressive and there was no better place to be, when we got to hospital she was perfectly dilated to 7cm and so was able to enjoy the birthing pool straight away :)
Felipe & baby Santi
That very first gaze <3
Snuggles with baby Tara
So thankful to have moments like these. This yummy cuddle was during a postnatal visit in hospital, Tara was 1 day old and breastfeeding beautifully.
Less than 2 minutes old
and yet to open his eyes for the first time <3
Matej & baby David
Proud daddy! :)