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Whether you are pregnant, about to give birth or you have recently
welcomed your new baby…… CONGRATULATIONS!
 
Belly, Birth & Beyond: Doula Services that support Adelaide women and their partners
and families throughout the journey of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.


What Is Belly Birth & Beyond?
Belly Birth & Beyond is an Adelaide based doula service for pregnant/birthing women and their partners.  The service area includes the greater Adelaide Metropolitan area, Adelaide Hills, Beachside Suburbs and surrounds.  I am available for travel at certain times of the year to all other areas including Gold Coast and Brisbane surrounds by negotiation.

My name is Helen Hriskin, a certified doula and a qualified body worker and fitness leader offering pregnancy and birth support with great passion, love and understanding.

My services include availability of 24/7 phone and email support for questions and suggestions during pregnancy, creation of a personalised and unique birth plan, child birth education and preparation with access to my extensive library of books and DVDs.  I will accompany you to appointments with caregivers, attend classes, introduce you to consumer groups and advise of birth information evenings offered by my networks.  I work with breath awareness, relaxation techniques, birth affirmations and setting up vital communication with my clients.  I provide massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, fitness, acupressure and continuous physical and emotional support during labour and birth.  During the post natal period I assist with breastfeeding, sibling rivalry, family support, infant massage and holistic baby care; I am often those extra pair of hands.
 


"There is power that comes to women when they give birth. They don't ask for it, it simply invades them. Accumulates like clouds on the horizon and passes through, carrying the child with it."
~ Sheryl Feldman ~

 

 

Birth is a momentous occasion in a woman's life.  The day you give birth will be forever etched in your memory.  A life changing experience!  It is vital for every pregnant woman to know about her birthing options and make choices with awareness and to have the support available to create an ideal birth team.  It is also important for her partner to feel comfortable and to feel safe and supported as this can be an overwhelming experience for a first time father. I will get to know your partner and show him how he can support you effectively and how he will be able to share his presence in a way that makes him feel most comfortable.


While I believe natural birth is best for mother and baby, I know that sometimes an intervention can help to keep a birth safe and ensure a good outcome.  I provide support in hospitals, in your home or a birthing centre, natural or medically managed.  I have experience with waterbirth, lotus birth, twins, posterior, breech, VBAC, caesarean birth and home birth.  I also work alongside other professionals, Independent Midwives at home or with Midwives and Obstetricians in Public and Private Hospital settings, creating the ideal birth team for the birthing couple.

Click here to read 7 Births in a Nutshell
Helen Hriskin's personal journey

About Me:

I am wife to Romeo and an energetic Mother raising my seven beautiful children aged between 2 and 25 years.  I enjoy volunteering in various community projects and have a strong sense of community and a great connection with my networks.  I am the eternal student, studying anything from marketing to rebirthing, personal self-development and massage / bodywork.  I am also a trained fitness leader and ­ participated in and ran successful Kickfitness classes for all women whether pre-natal, pregnant or post-natal since the birth of my 4th child in 1998.  As a consumer, I have spent a lot of time with women from the Women’s & Children’s Hospital in South Australia sharing the physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and yoga classes and been invited to births, making life-long friends.  This is where I developed a strong passion as an advocate for all women.  Encouraged by midwives during my pregnancy in 1997, I began volunteering and training as a doula.  I believe all women should have access to a supportive birth attendant and I feel I have a lot to offer and share due to my extensive experience attending births with women in their homes or in hospital, all very different and amazing experiences.  I continue to support the Women’s and Children’s Hospital services for women, and along with my family, I appear in and help organise promotional material for educational purposes for mothers, partners, babies, siblings and families.  I often assist in childbirth education classes for new parents and I am currently the public relations officer / spokesperson for Homebirth Network SA, a member of Birth Matters SA, CARES and committee member for Future Families, a growing conscious parenting group in SA.



"My passion is to fully support women, their partners and family while bringing their new babies into this world, whether you birth in a public or private hospital or at home.
I support you
in enhancing your experiences and nurturing your unique journey throughout pregnancy, birth and into parenthood with peace, love, beauty, grace and wisdom"

 

Belly Birth & Beyond Doula Services - Copyright 2009
Helen Hriskin - PO Box 393, Stepney  SA  5069
  Fax/AH: (08) 8367 8548 Mobile: 0412 225 532

Email: helen@bellybirthandbeyond.com.au Web: www.bellybirthandbeyond.com.au
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