Birth

Birth is a profound rite of passage, and initiation to yourself as a woman, and mother.

I trust you to know what’s best for you and your baby.

You’re the expert.

I also honour the mystery of birth.

The only thing certain about birth is that it’s unknowable.  We will lean into trusting that unknown mystery of birth, together.

As a birth witness, I see you, and, I feel you.

 While only you can be the one to “cross the hot coals” it’s important for you to have the right support so you’re able to confidently surpass your birthing threshold, and embody your birthing bliss! You have the power and everything you need within to do it. I hold the space for you.

You’re unique, so we will identify the specific elements of support you need to optimise your birthing potential.

I will walk beside you to bring clarity, excitement, lightness, reassurance, evidence-based information, and 100% unwavering support as you traverse the path to your birth.

I hold space for you to remember and tune into your innate wisdom.

I’m a birth keeper who can balance the sacred and spiritual nature of birth with the science and evidence. This is intuition and instinct harmonising with intellect.

My previous studies at university in Science, Psychology and Law provide a practical framework for addressing the logical considerations of planning for birth in a medical system. My more recent training in energy work, kinesiology, sacred birth doula training, and Birthing From Within, connects you to your inner realms

I will support you to address and unravel any subconscious limiting beliefs or fears, generational family patterns, negative conditioning/programming or any other emotional or energetic obstacles between you and the birth you desire.

My training in prenatal yoga gives you practical and simple tools, for active birth, and breathing.

We will also get clear on your birth intentions and birth planning.

Birth Mentoring & Education

BIRTHING FROM WITHIN MENTORING ($1,600)

Inclusions  

  1. 15 hours of birth coaching/mentoring for you to be prepared for birth, postpartum and parenting.
  2. private antenatal education in your home.
  3. access to my extensive library of resources/books. 
  4. unlimited email/text/phone support during the duration of time we work together.
  5. birth debrief session, and postnatal visit at your home, postnatally.

This package is for the woman who is taking radical self responsibility for her birth and postpartum experience. You are willing to do the deep inner work. This is a deeply transformative journey of inner exploration that honours the continuum of pregnancy, birth, postpartum, mothering as a rite of passage, a fertile place of growth, evolution and becoming. The support I offer is holistic and tends to your spiritual, emotional and physical needs.  

We cover everything mentioned in the Birth Ready packages, and more. We have more time together to ensure that we do the work that will support you to remember your birthing wisdom, your resilience, your power, your essence, and to importantly, deconstruct the societal conditioning that is designed to derail your confidence and power in pregnancy, birth and mothering. It is an inside job! My approach is intuitive, reflective, meditative and embodied. Birth is a multidimensional experience of the body, and so our preparation will be. 

Book a discovery call with me below if this interests you, to see if we are a good fit.  

 

BIRTH READY INTENSIVE
3 hours or 6 hours ($250 or $500)

Online, or In Person

Inclusions

  1. Private antenatal education in your home 
    (either 1 x 3 hour session, or 2 x 3 hour sessions).
    This is suggested to be booked at a time when your partner, or birth support person, can also be present.
    (1 hour follow-up, or extra sessions $100/hour)

These sessions are designed to support you with planning for your birth vision by helping you, and your partner, with any hurdle/s you may be confronting. The session will uncover and address any fears and concerns so that you can feel confident for birth and beyond. 

This package is tailored for your needs but generally includes education on the hormonal blueprint of birth, the physiology of labour, interventions, care providers and advocacy within the system, coping strategies, active birth skills, complications of labour, dynamics in the birth space, informed consent, cultivating your instinctive and primal knowing for birth, understanding your inner knowing and self awareness for birth, postpartum planning, optimal maternal and fetal positioning, and other specific needs you may have. The approach I take with your sessions is based on the ‘Birthing From Within’ philosophy. You will also receive a summary email after our session with links to resources that may be of benefit to you.

Birthkeeping /Doula packages

to go deep…

Due to COVID19 I am unable to attend hospital, birth centre or home births (through Belmont) at this time. Freebirth is not excluded. Some of the inclusions in the packages below cannot be provided at this time e.g. massage.

Please book a discovery call with me to discuss your needs.

All birth packages include continuous phone, email and text support for the duration of our time working together, me being on-call for you from 38-42 weeks and access to borrowing from my library of resources.

BIRTH IN FOCUS

Inclusions:

  1. Continuous phone, email and text support for the duration of our time working together.
  2.  Prenatal support of approximately 10 hours which will be spent getting to know one another, discussing your options and choices, formulating your birth plan and childbirth education. A schedule of visits tailored to your needs will be followed.
  3. On call 38-42 weeks
  4. Continuous birth support from when you call me, and after your baby is born for approximately 4 hours to help you get settled and establish feeding. I can take photos/video (not of professional quality)
  5. 1 x postnatal visit (approx 3 hours) – with delivery of a home cooked nourishing meal and energy closing ceremony.
  6. 1 x final brief postnatal visit (approx 90 minutes)
  7. Postnatal care basket – containing herbs for yoni steaming and sitz baths as well as your own personalised Australian Bush Flower Remedy and other potions for your healing support, including a doTERRA Postpartum oils pack, selected just for you, and your energy, usually 2-3 oils.
  8. 6 weeks post birth unlimited phone/text/email support
  9. Access to library – over 50 childbirth books and DVD’s

BIRTH & POSTNATAL CARE

Inclusions:

  1. Continuous phone, email and text support for the duration of our time working together.
  2. Prenatal support of approximately 10 hours which will be spent getting to know one another, discussing your options and choices, formulating your birth plan and childbirth education. A schedule of visits tailored to your needs will be followed.
  3. doTERRA Essential Oil Pack
  4. On call 38-42 weeks
  5. Continuous birth support from when you call me, and after your baby is born for approximately 4 hours to help you get settled and establish feeding. I can take photos/video (not of professional quality)
  6. 3 x postnatal visits (approx 2-3 hours duration) with 2 x home cooked nourishing meals.
  7. Energy closing ceremony with ceremonial cacao and herbal healing bath (at one of your postnatal visits
  8. Postnatal care basket – containing herbs for yoni steaming and sitz baths as well as your own personalised Australian Bush Flower Remedy and other potions for your healing support, including a doTERRA Postpartum oils pack, selected just for you, and your energy, usually 2-3 oils.
  9. 1 x postnatal massage at your home+
  10. 6 weeks post birth unlimited phone/text/email support
  11. Access to library – over 50 childbirth books and DVD’s

BIRTH & POSTNATAL SUPER LOVIN' BESPOKE

Prenatal:

  1. Continuous phone, email and text support for the duration of our time working together.
  2. Prenatal support of approximately 10 hours which will be spent getting to know one another, discussing your options and choices, formulating your birth plan and childbirth education. A schedule of visits tailored to your needs will be followed.
  3. Yoga for Empowered Birth 6 week program (value $220)
  4. doTERRA Essential Oil Pack

Birth:

  1. On call 38-42 weeks
  2. Continuous birth support from when you call me, and after your baby is born for approximately 4 hours to help you get settled and establish feeding. I can take photos/video (not of professional quality).

Postnatal:

  1. Postnatal care basket – containing herbs for yoni steaming and sitz baths as well as your own personalised Australian Bush Flower Remedy and other potions for your healing support, including a doTERRA Postpartum oils pack, selected just for you, and your energy, usually 2-3 oils.
  2. 3 x postnatal visits (approx 2-3 hours duration) with 3 x homecooked nourishing meals.
  3. Energy closing ceremony with ceremonial cacao and herbal healing bath.
  4. 3 x postnatal massage at your home with a postnatal massage professional+
  5. Babywearing consult with Moondani, and a unique and beautiful baby carrier from Moondani+
  6. Breastfeeding consult with a Lactation Consultant at your home (if necessary) +
  7. 6 weeks post birth unlimited phone/text/email support
  8. Access to library – over 50 childbirth books and DVD’s

+ These services are provided by other professionals.

RETURN CLIENT'S / SECOND TIME BABY/MUM

This package is intended for previous return client’s (thank you!), or second time birthing mum’s who are fully informed and do not require prenatal education and support.

  • Continuous phone, email and text support for the duration of our time working together.
  • 2 hour prenatal appointment to debrief prior birth, and plan and brief me for your upcoming birth.
  • On call 38-42 weeks
  • Continuous birth support from when you call me, and after your baby is born for approximately 4 hours to help you get settled and establish feeding. 
  • 1 x postnatal visit (approx 2 hours) – with delivery of a home cooked nourishing meal. 

 

Thinking about hiring me as  your Doula? 

Here are some frequently asked questions that can help you make that decision.

Why hire me?

I am an advocate for you remembering that you have all you need within for your birth and postnatal journey. You’re the expert.

I’ll support you to access your instinct and inner knowing as your compass so that you have ownership over your experience. I can provide you with current evidence-based information to support your decision-making during pregnancy, birth, and postnatally.

When you work with me, we unpack the beliefs, conditioning and acculturation you have assimilated about birth, we up-level the programs lodged in your subconscious and deconstruct your fears.

The inner work on your journey is a process of exploring who you are, your history, your unconscious, your beliefs, attitudes, perceptions, biases and will probably be a journey of undoing and unlearning what you perceive and understand about birth, as much as it involves learning about birth and remembering your power and sovereignty as a woman. 

Be prepared to question everything, to shed the shackles of societal expectations, and your lifelong domestication and conditioning. You’ll unplug from the prevailing empty, oppressive, disembodied indoctrination and story of birth sold to the masses. Expect to return to your wildest most womanly self.

This is a journey of REMEMBERING what you already know.

What is your responsibility when hiring a doula?

Your responsibility is to say yes to getting uncomfortable, confronting your fears, excavating your history and beliefs, and exploring your inner world to see how this might influence your experience during these childbearing phases. I can’t do the work for you. I can guide you, but when you hire me, you should expect to be the one doing the heavy lifting, this is your journey.

I am the Sherpa, or the guide, while you do the work.

What are some of the things you'll do as a doula?

I provide you with emotional support. I offer you signposts to explore your inner realms. I hold the torch and the space for you to see your blindspots and light the way on your path. I don’t know what your path is, or where it is going, because it’s yours. I don’t know what the dragons are on your path. But together we will walk your path so that you are centred and you have ownership of your experience.

What won't you do as my doula?

I don’t do medical things. I am not trained to offer medical care.

I don’t guarantee outcomes. It’s impossible. Birth teaches us things that we need to learn. I don’t know what your learnings are, but I trust that a birth journey is a gift which transforms our essence, our core.

Do I really need a doula?

No! You don’t. I have unshakeable faith in your ability to birth. In saying that, we live in a soup of negativity around birth. Lifelong conditioning usually programs us to believe that birth is dangerous, or unsafe, and a medical event. Unless we have received some other more powerful messages about birth being normal, to override this default, it’s inevitable that we have some unhelpful messages embedded in our consciousness around birthing.

The research unequivocally shows that women have better outcomes when they engage and work continuously with a doula for birth support. If you like statistics, here they are, people who have continuous support during childbirth, experience a:

  • 39% decrease in the risk of Cesarean;
  • 15% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth;
  • 10% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief; 
  • shorter labour, by 41 minutes on average; 
  • 38% decrease in the baby’s risk of a low five minute Apgar score;
  • 31% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience; https://evidencebasedbirth.com/the-evidence-for-doulas/

While these statistics seem to be saying, having a Doula is going to help you avoid interventions, it’s not because of a Doula’s presence, it’s because of you. Doula’s are just people, and we aren’t that powerful. It’s because these women (and you), are willing to commit to doing the inner work during pregnancy, and birth. The statistics above aren’t to glorify Doula’s. My take on them is that this is more about you, and your choices to own your birth, especially in a birth culture that dispossesses women of ownership. The positive implications of these statistics can only be attributed to the women who had the births – not the Doula. She took control, she got educated, she learned to use her voice and advocate for herself, she became the author of her birth story and a Doula held space for her to make that a reality.

You get one chance to birth your baby.  This is a profound transformation – an experience that sets the foundation for you as a mother and your baby’s life. 

Kind Words

“My husband and I had the pleasure of working with Clancy for the birth of our baby girl. She has really found her calling as a doula and was such an incredible support to us. She has so much knowledge about all things related to birth and her guidance was invaluable to us. We can’t thank her enough for all of her love and support during such a momentous time in our lives”.

Maddison

I’ve had a deep shift, particularly in realising the subtle fears that I was holding in my body. And how my intellect would save me from feeling, a very old pattern. I feel a deeper acceptance and curiosity to how birth will unfold, more allowing. I want to truly thank you. You are a truly beautiful facilitator. I’m very grateful for the space you held“.

Tamara

 

We had some really big shifts in energy and some healing moments after our session on Sunday! We had the best afternoon, we were all relaxed and in harmony, it was beautiful. We are definitely feeling a lot more confident and I was actually able to dream/visualise a healing ecstatic homebirth for the first time Sunday night <3 

Thank-you for all your support!

Lisa

 

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Doula, Kinesiology and Yoga for Empowered Birth, Darwin

Clancy Allen is a Childbirth Mentor with Birthing From Within, Certified Doula & Yoga teacher specialising in pre-natal yoga. 

Clancy provides birthing services around the Hunter Valley, Newcastle & the Central Coast areas of NSW.

Clancy is passionate about birth as a rite of passage where women experience and know their power.

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