Meet Tertia, a Johannesburg based doula, antenatal class teacher and co-owner of Mother Instinct.
She completed her doula training in 2008. She keeps current by attending births at various hospitals, birth clinics and homes, attending workshops and courses and interacting with care providers and researching every moment she gets, as well as listening to her most willing teachers - her clients and their babies.
Tertia also assist at antenatal classes at Mother Instinct.
Although her focus is labour and birth support, she also strives to make sure you get the best post-partum care after birth as well.
What is a Doula?
Doulas are knowledgable about the physiological processes of birth and are informed about the various technologies presently being used in hospitals.A doula's job is to support expectant parents in prenatal preparations for their birth so parents can make their own best decisions. She provides continuous support throughout labor, nurturing, protecting and comforting the woman and her partner through their experience.
The Promise Of A Doula
1. You cannot hurt my feelings in labour
2. I won’t lie to you in labour
3. You will not be alone
4. I will help you to feel safe
5. I cannot speak for you; but I will make sure that you have a voice and I will make sure you are heard
Studies on the presence of a doula throughout labor have shown
50% decrease in cesarean sections
25% decrease in the length of labor
30% decrease in use of forceps
40% decrease in use of oxytocin (pitocin)
60% decrease in use of epidurals
30% decrease in use of pain medications (narcotics)