HONG KONG BASED DOULA SERVICES

Professional birth support facilitating a positive and empowering birth experience

As a first time mother or current mother, would you appreciate emotional and physical support before, during and after the birth of your baby?

 

Would you love to enjoy the most satisfying birth experience possible which encompasses your pregnancy right through to motherhood?

 

Would you appreciate having a professional birth support companion by your side, offering you unconditional care and companionship so you can truly relax and enjoy this rich experience?

 

As an experienced and passionate Hong Kong based Doula, I support the Mother/Baby/Birth Companion trinity, which will ensure that you set off on your new journey in the best possible way.

What it's like to work with me as your Doula - watch my short video

What is a Doula?

A Doula is a trained woman empowering other women through providing emotional and practical support during pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood. As a birth support professional, I work alongside physicians, midwives, nurses, and birth partners and use my experience and intuition to pick up on what a labouring mother needs. I've been trained by DONA International, the oldest, largest and most respected Doula association in the world.

 

Giving birth is one of the rawest experiences a woman can ever journey through. But without doubt, it also brings them precious richness, their child. When women are asked many years after they’ve given birth what they most remember, it’s how they were cared for and not how birth unfolded for them. This highlights the power and importance of being loved, supported and cared for and having a Doula by your side.

What a Doula Is Not

I feel it’s important to explain that the role of a Doula is quite different to a midwife. While your  midwife will focus on the medical side of your birth, as a doula I’ll focus on the emotional, physical and communicational side. My aim is to care for and nurture you and to provide a sense of calm and focus.  

 

As a Doula I will refrain from:

  • Performing clinical tasks such as blood pressure, fetal heart checks, vaginal exams, and other medical activities. Instead, I am here to offer you continuous emotional and physical support.
  • Making decisions for you. Instead, I will help you to get the information necessary to make an informed decision. I will also remind you if there is a departure from your birth plan.
  • Speaking to the staff on your behalf. Instead, I will discuss your concerns with you and suggest options, but you or your partner will speak directly to the clinical staff.

Who I Work With as a Doula

I work with a variety of different women who have unique pregnancy and birth needs, wants and desires.

I work with pregnant women who are:

  • Struggling with the local Hong Kong birth environment, feeling lost and are searching for a more holistic approach to pregnancy and birth,
  • Wanting to expand their network as they realise that they need specific emotional support to help navigate not only the physical, but also the psychological and psychic changes within them as they approach motherhood,
  • On the lookout for a more soul and spiritual centred pregnancy and birth, and who recognise that the journey into motherhood is an initiation. 

Benefits of Having a Birth Doula

There are a number of proven benefits of having a Doula as part of your birth team including:

  •  Shorter labour time, 
  • Two times less likely to experience birth complications involving mother or baby,
  • More likely to have a spontaneous vaginal unmedicated birth,
  • Less instances of instrument-assisted birth and reduced need for caesarian sections,
  • Improved maternal bonding postnatally,
  • Higher rates of breastfeeding at 6 weeks post-partum,
  • Higher self-esteem, less anxiety and less depression at 6 weeks after birth,
  • Decreased risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience,
  • Your baby will have a calmer arrival on earth.

 

* Kenneth J. Gruber, Susan H. Cupito & Christina F. Dobson, Journal of  Perinatal Education 2013 Winter; 22(1): 49–58. Impact of Doulas on Healthy Birth Outcomes.

As a Birth Doula I’ve found that the consistent encouragement, support and reassurance that I provide to both the mother and father/birth companion, helps to empower the mother and enhance her confidence which has a positive impact on her pregnancy and birth experience.


Hong Kong Doula Client Testimonials

Below I let two recent mums explain to you the benefits they experienced working with me:

"It was wonderful to have Corinne by my side during labor, she brought into the room a wonderful nurturing and supportive energy. She provided softness and kindness and behind that a wall of strength. She was someone whom I believed in and trusted 100 percent, during the contractions she sang and massaged me and offered endless kind words.  She was a very important part of the experience and helped to empower me during the moments I was beyond words. I am eternally grateful that she was present during the birth of my beautiful son.

 

Thank you for your lovely strength and energy! As I said to you immediately after the birth, this is your calling!  This is really something that you were meant to do and all three of us are very grateful for your help!"

 

~Rebecca Benians, Photographer and mother of one boy.


"Within minutes of meeting Corinne I felt strongly that I wanted her to attend my birth. She is engaging, sincere and warm. Whenever I am with her I feel at ease and safe. Corinne made sure she knew what I wanted for my birth, not just in terms of my birth plan, but she understood on a deeper level what birth meant to me. I knew I could trust that she would do whatever she could to preserve that vision for me. By the time I was full-term I felt prepared thanks to her guidance. During the birth Corinne stayed with me, physically, mentally and spiritually, being my only ally in the room. She gave me my headphones to block out the constant chatter and noise, a cloth to shield my eyes from the brightness of the room. She massaged my lower back. She checked to see if I wanted water. She spoke to me and listened to me. She held my hand. When things were so intense and I got overwhelmed, she locked eyes with me and gave me a safe haven within the chaos. She was truly my rock in a very turbulent delivery room. Her support does not end with the birth of the baby. One of the most important things she did for me   is act as a witness. When we met a week after the birth, she sat with me and we talked about everything that had happened. As a doula she went down the path of labour with me as much as someone on the outside possibly can. Even though aspects of the birth disappointed me, I will always be grateful for the sisterhood Corinne provided."

 

~Nicola Belen, Yoga Teacher and mother of two boy


Birth Doula Packages

Below you can find a selection of my Hong Kong based birth doula packages.

I named these packages according to their ingredients, with some of them including extra services such as Prenatal Yoga and the Mother's Blessingway.

 

Due to Hong Kong's one person policy in public hospitals I have divided each package into Public and Private Hospital. There is always room to customise these packages for your specific needs.  If you choose to have me instead of your husband/partner as your main accompanying partner, then I can also offer birth support in Public Hospitals. I have experience in this situation at Queen Mary Hospital, where different couples have made this personal decision for the birth of their babies. 

Nourishing & Pure Doula Package

Giving birth at Public Hospital

 

  • 1 x 60 minute Complimentary Doula Consultation
  • 3 labor & birth empowerment sessions
  • Labor support at home, I care for your needs making it easier to labour at home in your own intimate environment until labour is well established 
  • 1 postnatal home visit to check on how you and baby are doing and reflecting on the birth together 

 

HK$ 12'000

 

Giving birth at Private Hospital

 

  • 1 x 60 minute Complimentary Doula Consultation
  • 3 labor & birth empowerment sessions
  • Labor & birth support at home & hospital
  • 1 postnatal home visit  to check on how you and baby are doing and reflecting on the birth together 

 

  

 

 

HK$ 15'000

 


Dynamic & Wholesome Doula Package

Giving birth at Public Hospital

 

  • 1 x 60 minute Complimentary Doula Consultation
  • 3 Labor & birth empowerment sessions
  • 6 Prenatal yoga classes at your home to help you prepare physically, mentally and spiritually for birth and the journey into motherhood
  • Labor support at home, I care for your needs making it easier to labour at home in your own intimate environment until labour is well established 
  • 1 Postnatal home visit to check on how you and baby are doing and reflecting on the birth together 
  • 6 Postnatal yoga classes at your home to help you process pregnancy, birth and life with a new baby and to ensure optimum pelvic floor and abdomen health

 

 

HK$ 18'000 

 

Giving birth at Private Hospital

 

  • 1x 60 minute Complimentary Doula Consultation
  • 3 Labor & birth empowerment sessions
  • 12 Prenatal yoga classes at your home to help you prepare physically, mentally and spiritually for birth and the journey into motherhood
  • Labor & birth support at home & hospital
  • 1 Postnatal home visit to check on how you and baby are doing and reflecting on the birth together 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HK$ 21'000

 


Glorious & Sparkling Doula Package

Giving birth at Public Hospital

 

  • 1 x 60 minute Complimentary Doula Consultation
  • 3 Labor & birth empowerment sessions
  • 6 Prenatal yoga classes at your home to help you prepare physically, mentally and spiritually for birth and the journey into motherhood
  • Mother's Blessingway Ceremony, which is a gathering of your closest female friends, supporting and celebrating your journey into motherhood
  • Labor support at home, I care for your needs making it easier to labour at home in your own intimate environment until labour is well established 
  • 1 Postnatal home visit to check on how you and baby are doing and reflecting on the birth together 
  • 6 Postnatal yoga classes at your home to help you process pregnancy, birth and life with a new baby and to ensure optimum pelvic floor and abdomen health  

HK$ 20'000

 

Giving birth at Private Hospital

 

  • 1 x 60 minute Complimentary Doula Consultation
  • 3 Labor & birth empowerment sessions
  • 12 Prenatal yoga classes at your home to help you prepare physically, mentally and spiritually for birth and the journey into motherhood
  • Mother's Blessingway Ceremony, which is a gathering of your closest female friends, supporting and celebrating your journey into motherhood
  • Labor & birth support at home & hospital
  • 1 Postnatal home visit to check on how you and baby are doing and reflecting on the birth together 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 HK$ 23'000


Labor & Birth empowerment sessions (1.5h each) - what to expect:

During the first session we will speak about: 

  • Your desires and needs for  the birth,
  • The role of the father/birth companion,
  • My role and your expectations,
  • What I do/don't do,
  • Worries & Fears of mother and father/birth companion,
  • Spinning baby: 3 Sisters - daily balancing practices for optimal engagement of baby in the pelvis,
  • Logistics & communication

Getting a clear idea on the above is very important for all of us. It sets the foundation for how we will work together and how we, your birth companion and I, can best support you.  

 

From there I will put together the content for the additional 2 sessions which will cover the following but also depends on what kind of birth you’re envisioning for you and your baby:

  • The different stages of birth
  • Birth environments
  • Hormones & emotions of birth
  • Natural ways to cope with pain
  • Non-medical comfort measures such as movement, breathing and relaxation techniques
  • Medical treatments in labor & birth
  • Creating a birth plan

Postnatal visit (2h) - what to expect:

The postnatal visit is designed for the mother and birth companion to reflect on and speak freely about the birth and any lingering emotions that might be present. One can look at it almost like a debrief after a big project (birth) is completed.

 

As a Doula I will help the mother/couple to come to terms with how birth unfolded, which is especially important in cases where birth didn’t turn out the way a woman hoped it would. Negative or mistaken impressions don’t go away if they remain in the dark so it’s better to address them within a safe and caring environment.

 

During the visit I will also check on how MotherBaby and the wider family are doing and how breastfeeding is going, making suggestions if needed. 

TRAVEL FEES - travel fees apply for private classes and home sessions

North Hong Kong Island - HK$150 / visit 

Kowloon, The Peak, South Hong Kong Island - HK$ 250 / visit 

Outlying Islands and New Territories - HK$ 300 / visit 

Have questions? Would you like to meet up?

I’m here to provide you with consistent and nourishing support as you journey through your pregnancy, birth and beyond. If any of the above birth doula packages resonate with you, or if you have any questions about the process  then go ahead and book your Complimentary 1 hour Doula Consultation with me. 

 

Let’s have a relaxed chat in person, so we can get to know each and I can learn more about your unique birthing needs and desires. 

 

I look forward to meeting you and learning more!

Corinne

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