Frequently Asked Questions
If I don't answer your question here, please feel free to send me an email and I will do my best to help you.
What is a postpartum doula?
The word doula comes from a Greek word meaning “woman’s helper”. In recent times, a doula is known as someone who helps people through life’s transitions. A postpartum doula is there to provide practical and emotional support to a woman in the postpartum period.
What does postpartum mean?
The postpartum period refers to the first year after birth, however, women typically access my services in the first few weeks and months after having a baby.
Is there anything you don’t do?
I believe a professional doula is one who has clear ideas around the services they can provide and where their limitations and boundaries are.
I am not a trained medical professional so cannot provide medical advice or administer prescription or over the counter medication.
I am not a replacement for your psychiatric care team (if this applies to you). I fully support and encourage the ongoing care and service provided by GPs, psychiatrists, mental health social workers and psychologists.
I am supportive of evidence based parenting practices which promote a secure attachment style, therefore optimum social and emotional health of your little one. I therefore cannot assist with sleep training (such as cry-it-out methods) or other parenting practices which are not supported by research and evidence.
What areas will you service?
I am available to work in the Perth Metro area and have a preference for the following local government zones due to proximity to my home:
Melville, Cockburn, Fremantle, East Fremantle, South Perth, Mosman Park, Peppermint Grove, Cottesloe, Claremont, Nedlands, Subiaco, Perth, Cambridge and Vincent.
Can you help me find other professionals to assist me during my postpartum period?
Yes! As a social worker I am experienced in researching services that are available to meet your needs. I have an extensive referral base which I can use to link you in with the most appropriate professional or service.
Can I contact you if I’m experiencing a crisis?
I am unable to provide support during a crisis.
If you have concerns about your safety, the safety of your baby or anyone else, please dial 000 or present to your nearest emergency department.
Some other helpful numbers are:
Lifeline: 13 11 14
PANDA’s National Perinatal Mental Health Helpline:
1300 726 306 (9am – 7.30pm Mon – Sat AEST/AEDT)
Mental Health Emergency Response Line:
1300 555 788 (Perth metro) or 1800 676 822 (Peel region).