"Doula" comes from the Greek word "servant", and is now used to refer to a birth companion. Our Kiwi Companions are certified and student birth doulas who work in partnership with birthing families, complimentary to New Zealand's awesomely unique maternity system. Although every woman is born with the knowledge of how to give birth, many women have lost confidence in their body's ability and fear being abandoned in their time of need. Our Kiwi Companion Service offers continuous support from early in labour through to after your baby is born. Our service is tailored to meet your individual needs/wishes and is suitable for birth at home, in a primary birth centre or in hospital.
Our Kiwi Companions work alongside your LMC and birth team to nurture, love and encourage you as the empowered birthing woman, helping you have a more positive birth experience.
We offer you the choice of two services:
-Doula Student: $425 (available for babies due in 2015 or 2016)
-Certified Doula: $795 (available for babies due in 2016)
The Birthing Room Kiwi Companion Service includes two prenatal visits and one antenatal visit at your home, as well as continuous birth support in Christchurch, Lincoln, Banks Peninsula and North Canterbury.
Research shows the presence of a Doula:
- shortens labour
- reduces intervention rates, including caesarean
- decreases use of pain medication
- decreases overall rate of complications
- improves breastfeeding experiences
- reduces rates of postnatal depression
- facilitates positive early infant-parent interactions
-Klaus and Kennel