Contact

 Yolande Kusse

Wagendwarsstraat 22

3581WL Utrecht

​tel +31(0)6 41909973​

yolandekusse@gmail.com

www.doulagaia.nl

KVK 76815692

lid NBvD

 

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What can I be for you ?

As a doula I will coach you during your pregnancy from the moment my help is wanted. During childbirth I will be there for you at all times, no matter how long it may take. You will be in control at all times; I will be there to support you in your wishes regarding the birth of your child. I will also see to it that you have everything you need. I want you to have the most beautiful experience of your life. A good feeling and a warm atmosphere are very important to me.

I would love to give you a massage before and after childbirth. I highly value this part of my doula support. Touching with care has a soothing effect, due to the production of the happiness hormone oxytocine, but it also leads to pure relaxation.

 

In order to be able to give you the right support I think that mutual trust is absolutely necessary. After getting to know each other we will decide together how to proceed. ​During your pregnancy we will meet at your place at least twice. We will discuss your preference for a home birth or a polyclinical one. Other subjects you may want to talk about: physical preparation - yoga, HypnoBirthing and/or prenatal fitness -, nutrition, birth plan, pain management, childbirth poses and birth rituals. Are you  thinking of a lotus birth or have you already decided what is to be done with the placenta. These, and more topics, can be dealt with.

In addition to my basic doula support I offer a pregnancy course, supervised visit to the midwife or gynecologist, birth photography or even a complete birth account.

From at least two weeks before you are due I will be ‘on hold’. During that period I will be available for questions via mail, what’s app  and phone 24/7. I will also visit you at home.

After childbirth I will be available for postpartum support. I can nurse you and your baby during the first 24 hours before and/or after maternity care.

My network includes professionals in prenatal yoga, foot reflexology, ​

For me to create a climate of openness and understanding with your health care professionals during delivery is very important.  Especially so in case your birth wishes cannot be carried out and medical intervention  - an induction, epidural pain management or a ceasarian – is necessary. I am familiar with hospital procedures through my medical background, so that I can easily anticipate any change of plan.

birth rights and values, supported by science and research say that :

  • women should move and dance in labor

  • women deserve the ability to give birth with respect, be fully informed and involved in all decision making

  • allowing our own hormones to flow and peak in childbirth means natural pain reduction, and progress – kissing, touching, and loving will increase these hormones

  • having continuous support by a doula reduces rate of cesarean sections and interventions and increases satisfaction

  • gravity will help baby move into the pelvis for a more gentle birth

  • women need privacy, to feel safe, and to be undisturbed and unobserved during childbirth.

Benkung Belly Binding

 

After giving birth I can learn you how to bind your belly. This is called Benkung Belly Binding. 

Closing the bones ceremony

 

The more than 3,5-hour Rebozo closing ritual has its origins in Mexico. It consists of, among other things, a 4 - hands massage, a herbal bath and the closing of the body using the typical Mexican cloths called Rebozo. The ritual can be carried out together with your partner, friend or with an experienced colleague.

 

During this ritual we pay close attention as to how you have experienced your transition from woman to mother. There is room for a closer look at the period of pregnancy, the birth of your child and motherhood. It calls on you to let go of old patterns that are no longer of use and to welcome your deep-lying strength and inner light. It is a moment of deep relaxation, of care for you and it will help you to close your body so that you are once again fully centred.

 

It is customary for you to receive this ritual from 2-3 months after childbirth, but it can also be given decades later. The ritual is extremely suitable for a traumatic delivery or after the loss of your baby. It can also be used for coming to terms with and letting go of unaccepted grief. This ritual is a great gift and a tribute to yourself.