Doula Support from Experienced Midwives
Giving birth in Singapore can be very different to giving birth in other developed countries – here, maternity care is Doctor led and you are unlikely to receive continuity of care from a midwife. During labour you will be assigned a nurse that you would have likely never met before, they will check on you at regular intervals throughout your labour, meaning you and your partner are left alone for the majority of the time, and your doctor will only come in just before baby is born or if there are any complications.
Numerous studies have shown that women who received continuous support throughout labour from a doula or midwife are far more likely to have a spontaneous vaginal birth, they are less likely to have an epidural, be augmented, have an instrumental delivery or a caesarean section. Women along with their partners also report having a more positive birth experience with the presence of a doula.
Our Beloved Bumps’ Doula Team includes Natasha and Helen – both certified Birth Doulas with Childbirth International as well as experienced UK Midwives that have supported countless couples during labour, birth and the postnatal period. Natasha and Helen’s midwifery training and experience has given them a deep understanding of the labour and birth process, along with pain relief options and medical intervention. With this knowledge and experience they are able to provide exceptional doula support. Natasha and Helen’s approach to supporting couples is to remain unbiased and provide evidence based information.
Our midwives are all mothers themselves, so not only do they have a great deal of professional experience, they too have personal experience of labour, birth and what it’s like to become a mother.
After you book your doula package, our team will contact you to set up your first prenatal appointment!
Every pregnancy, birth and baby is different, as well as every couple that our midwives meet, so we tailor our support to your individual needs. Natasha and Helen come with a ‘doula kit’ full of things that, from our experience, will help you to achieve a positive birth experience.
Doulas not only support the women, they also support the birth partner. It can be very hard to see your loved one in pain, and some partners are just as anxious, if not more than the women, and feel that they also need the support of someone who understands the environment and the language used in birth settings. The doula’s role is not to replace the dad/partner, but to help them find the best way to support their loved one during the labour and birth.
What happens if I am induced?
Our doulas will come into hospital when you start contracting or when you are put onto the IV syntocinon drip, and will stay with you until the baby is born.
What happens if I have an elective caesarean?
If, after signing the contract, you plan to have an elective cesarean, and you do not require us to be with you during the procedure (as permitted by your hospital’s policies) and/or immediately before and after the birth of your baby, an amended service is available under which we will still provide your prenatal and postnatal visit(s).
If you chose this amended service, you will receive a refund of $1500, but such refund shall not be applicable in the case of a non-elective (“emergency”) caesarean. You must advise us of your decision to schedule a planned caesarean section at least 2 days before your due date for this amended service refund to apply.
If you are a midwife, can you deliver my baby?
No. In Singapore we are not registered with the SNB, and therefore are not classed as midwives in Singapore – only in our home country. We will not perform clinical tasks such as assessing blood pressure, checking the dilation of the cervix, monitoring the fetal heart rate, making any medical diagnosis, administering or prescribing medication, or any other procedure that qualifies as practicing medicine. Our role is limited to providing for your physical, emotional, and educational support.
We will not provide medical advice or advice concerning any alternative therapies. Any information we provide should in in way be construed as medical advice and is not a substitute for medical advice, which only a licensed medical practitioner can provide. It is your responsibility to seek the advice of an appropriately qualified practitioner in case of doubt.
Below is a general overview of the doula support we provide. Please note that this overview does not fully cover the details of each topic. If you have any specific questions about the service we cover, please don't hesitate to reach out!
Discussed at the Prenatal Appointment:
Births Our Doulas are Familiar with:
Doula Tools Used: