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Ginny was trained under birth legends such as Penny Simkin, found of Doulas of North America (DONA) and author of several childbirth books and Marie Mongan, founder of Hypnobirthing® Institute. Ginny is an approved Spinning Babies® Trainer as well as a DONA Birth and Postpartum Doula Trainer with DONA International in the United States. She is also certified as a HypnoFertility Therapist, Master Neurostrategist, Gottman's "Bringing Baby Home" Educator and as a Childbirth Educator where she travels annually for her teaching hours around the world, educating healthcare professionals in advanced birthing techniques to enable labour to progress.
As a trainer, Ginny stays updated with best practices and evidence-based care.
What is a Birth Doula?
A Birth Doula is essentially a birth coach. She supports the expectant parents by providing information as well as emotional and physical support, enabling them to have their unique best birth experience, regardless of the outcome.
Many women who aspire to become doulas have had a doula at their birth and experienced first hand what research confirms time and time again, which is having a doula to support a woman makes birth safer, less painful and more comfortable.
During the pregnancy she works with the parents to determine their desired birth experience and write a matching birth-plan. During the birth itself, she is there to support, reassure and encourage, both mother and father. After the birth, she is there to help ease the transition into breastfeeding and parenting, enabling the parents to feel supported throughout.
What is a Postpartum Doula?
The postpartum period is for new parents a time of change and adjustment. Breastfeeding, sleep deprivation, babycare, bonding and adjustment to the new role of a parent are often named as the biggest challenges. A Postpartum Doula is essentially the ‘jack of all trades’ on mothering and newborn care. She supports the new parents by providing information, emotional support and practical support, thereby easing the transition into parenthood. A postpartum doula often has a profound impact on someone’s life, and her help is truly purposeful in the birth experience.
Evidence-Based Birth Practices Make Birth Healthier and Safer for Mothers and Babies
Healthy Birth Practice
#1 - Let Labor Begin on Its Own (Amis, 2009)
#2 - Walk, Move Around, and Change Positions Throughout Labor (Shilling, 2009)
#3 - Bring a Loved One, Friend, or Doula for Continuous Support (Green & Hotelling, 2009
#4 - Avoid Interventions That Are Not Medically Necessary (Lothian, 2009)
#5 - Avoid Giving Birth on the Back, and Follow the Body’s Urges to Push (DiFranco, Romano, & Keen, 2009)
#6 - Keep Mother and Baby Together – It’s Best for Mother, Baby, and Breastfeeding (Crenshaw, 2009)