My Name is Emily Schoeman and my aim as your doula is to support, educate and encourage you through your pregnancy and birthing journey. I aim to provide you with a judgment free zone and a safe space for you to explore all your options on how to prepare your mind, your body and your emotions for the whirlwind that is birth.
I want you to embrace your inner Lioness as you enter the journey into motherhood! Capture the fierce power, the ultimate protector, the innate instincts and the never-ending love. I want to hear you ROAR!
In March 2015 I became a mother for the first time, however my husband and I entered the birthing journey with very little knowledge and a very go with the flow attitude. All of this I believe culminated in the birth ending in an emergency caesarean for failure to progress although I do believe it was more a failure to wait. This whole process set me on a journey to discover as much as I could about birth and the body, as I prepared for my next birth.
My second pregnancy ended in a 12-week missed miscarriage. This was made even more traumatic not only by the experience within the hospital but by the lack of acknowledgment afterwards, however it further fuelled my fire to achieve the natural birth I so desired.
In June of 2018 I had a successful VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean) and compared to my first birth I was as educated as I thought I could be going into the birth and I was supported the whole way through my birth. I had such an amazing and empowering birth that I knew that I was meant to help others on their journey!
So what can I do for you?
I will be here to support and educate you through your pregnancy, helping you to understand all your birthing options as well as your rights. I will help you with breathing techniques and birth positioning. I can also help you with relaxation through light touch massage, sidelying releases and essential oils in addition to using a rebozo and acupressure that can also assist in labour.
If you choose to have me present at your birth I will be there to encourage you and keep you focused on your birth plan whilst helping you implement all the techniques that we worked on during your pregnancy. I will be as hands on or hands off as you need me to be and I am there for you.
I also offer postpartum doula services as well, as I understand that this is a hard time for all new parents and I would like to assist in any way that I can, whether that be with cooking a meal, washing the dishes or doing a load of laundry.
My main goal is to make women feel supported through their birth choices and to help them achieve a positive birth experience.My name is Emily Schoeman and I am a qualified doula who has trained at the Doula Training Academy. If you would like more information about my doula services please contact me:
The Lioness Doula & Photographer
0479 099 955