Doula Vos

Welcome at Doula Vos online home.

Since you are here, there is a big chance that you are expecting a baby. Congratulations!

This can be a very challenging time but also very special and magical. We all go through this life experience differently. And I would love to help you to make your pregnancy and birth experience a memory that you will cherish for the rest of your life.

I work in the region of Utrecht.

What I can offer you:

Doula service, in Dutch and English ( Latvian and Russian also possible)

Private HypnoBirthing course in English

Rent of a birth pool for a relaxing Waterbirth

Postparum closing ceremony – Mothering the mother

My doula service

I would be truly honored to be there for you and your partner during the pregnancy, the birth of your child and in the postpartum period. To help you fully understand what is going on with your body and your growing baby, to suggest the best ways for you to prepare your body and mind for the birth, help you remain calm and positively looking forward to the birth. And give you a moral and practical support in the postpartum period.

The doula service includes:

  • Three prenatal visits (approx. 2 hrs), including first intake meeting to get to know each other. One of the sessions can be a mini HypnoBirthing course where I can teach you essentials.
  • A support finding your true desires for your birth and helping to put them down in a Birth Plan.
  • A session of relaxing leg and foot massage, including teaching partner some massage tricks so you can enjoy this for the rest of the pregnancy and on.
  • Unlimited communication with me via telephone or email
  • Attendance at one of your prenatal visits with your midwife or gynaecologist.
  • Making myself available for you 24hrs a day between week 37 and 42, to be with you within an hour when you are in labor.
  • Continues support during the labor independently of the duration of the birth. I will stay with you up to two hours after baby’s birth to help you settle in
  • One or two (depending on your wishes) postpartum visits to help you ease into new family dynamic
  • Free of charge use of the birth pool and necessary accessories (c.e. €90, excl. hygienic pool liner)
  • €150 discount for a full private HypnoBirthing course
  • 25% discount for Postpartum closing ceremony – Mothering the Mother

The costs for my doula service as described above is €795. Payment in parts is possible.

Where to start? Give me a call, send me a text or email me! Let’s plan a free “Get to know each other” meeting. During this meet up you can have all your questions answer and see if we have a natural click between us which is so important for a successful doula-client relationship. After the meet up you can make a final decision if you would like to work with me or not.

Contacts:

Karina Vos
Mob: +31 (0) 610 27 37 38
Email: info@karinavos.nl
Utrecht

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Private HypnoBirthing course in English

My desire to teach HypnoBirthing course comes from a great personal experience. After my second birth, during which HypnoBirthing gave me an unimaginable comfort, and in a comparison with the first birth, it just felt unethical not to spread the word and help other families to welcome their little ones in a calm, more comfortable and gentle way.

The course is intended for the mother and her birthing companion, which in most cases is her partner. It can also be someone else, for example a friend, own mother or a doula. Both mother and her birthing companion learn different tools to create calm and gentle birthing experience:

  • Three different breathing techniques for different stages of the birth that will make the mother’s experience much more comfortable and can help to shorten the birth
  • Relaxation is THE key word for a more gentle and satisfying birth. Since most of the physical work is done by the mother’s birthing body and the baby, mother’s biggest task is to relax her body and her mind as much as possible. This way letting the birth happen smoothly and more comfortable. To achieve such level of body and mind relaxation during the birth often a lot of practice is required and HypnoBirthing will provide you with many handy tools for that.
  • Visualization can be a powerful tool for women giving birth.  This is a technique commonly used by athletes. You learn to visualize the whole experience of birth-from early labor to delivery. When we see ourselves successfully giving birth naturally, we are better able to trust our bodies when actual labor begins.
  • Birth Affirmations are a powerful way to train your mind to step out of the way of your body, and many women attest to their effectiveness in creating smoother, shorter, and less challenging labors.
  • Self-hypnosis helps you to control the sensations that you are feeling, emotions that you are experiencing. Regular and frequent practice of self-hypnosis with a quality scripts, mother can create more satisfying birth experience.

The course consists of 5 lessons of 2,5hrs which is usually planned once a week. The private course gives you the luxury of having the course at the comfort of your own home and during the days and times that fit you best. Also it is very easy to reschedule a lesson should something else important come up, so you will not miss anything.

The cost of the course is €450. This includes 10 hours of private lessons, a HypnoBirthing book, 4 audio files to practice different tools for more relaxed birth, unlimited communication with me between the course days and after, €150 discount for my doula service, 25% discount for the Birth pool rent, 15% discount on the Postpartum closing ceremony – Mothering Mother.

Payment in parts is possible.

Where to start? Call me, text me or send me an email and let’s schedule the first lesson. It’s good to start around 20 weeks of pregnancy (earlier or later is possible too). Contact me as soon as possible to make sure I have the availability during your desired period of time!

If you are not sure yet if this course if a right fit for you, contact me and let’s make an appointment for a free intro session, where you can learn more about the course and have all your questions answered.

Contacts:

Karina Vos
Mob: +31 (0) 610 27 37 38
Email: info@karinavos.nl
Utrecht

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Rent of a birth pool for a relaxing Waterbirth

What are potential benefits of a waterbirth:

  • Water facilitates mobility and enables the mother to assume any position that is comfortable for labor and birth
  • Speeds up labor
  • Gives mother feelings of control
  • Provides significant pain relief
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Conserves mother’s energy
  • Reduces the need for drugs and interventions
  • Gives mother a private protected space
  • Reduces perineal trauma and eliminates episiotomies
  • Reduces c-section rates
  • Is highly rated by mothers – typically stating they would consider giving birth in water again; some even stating they would never give birth any other way!
  • Is highly rated by experienced providers
  • Encourages an easier birth for mother and a gentler welcome for baby

 

You can use the pool for a birth at your home or at hospital. Diakoneessehuis hospital allow you to bring own pool for the birth. You will have to discuss with Whilamina Kinderziekenhuis or St. Antonius ziekenhuis regarding the use of your own pool during your birth. Have their permission before renting the pool to avoid confusion.

Geboortehuis Utrecht at Diakoneesehuis (http://www.geboortehuisutrecht.nl/over-ons/diakonessenhuis.html) has already a birth pool in house. You only have to pay €50 for the liner. IT is convenient as the staff will set it up for you as you are on your way to the birth center. There is only one pool available for four rooms, however from the experience of the Geboortehuis workers, it rarely happens that the pool is requested for two birthing mothers at the same time. If you want to make 100% sure, that you have a pool available, then you can rent a pool from me. The price is not reimbursed if the pool is not used, but you will get full payment back from the pool’s liners if it is still closed in its plastic packaging.

I have two pools to rent. Birth Pool in a box and La Bassine Cacoon

Specifications of the pools:

Name La Bassine Birth Pool in a Box
Thickness of the flooring 7.5cm (3″) 5cm
Shape of the pool Oval Oval
Inside dimensions 125cm x 95cm 114cm x 94cm
Outside dimensions 165cm x 135cm 165cm x 145cm
Depth 66cm 66cm
Eco-friendly PVC material Yes Yes
Handles inside to pool Yes No
Handles on the top of pool and outside No Yes
Inflatable seat No Yes
Cupholder No Yes
Water capacity 450l, when 80% filled 480l
Colour Deep blue, transparent Light blue
Price €90, €130 incl. liner €90, €130 incl. liner

 

The pool rent price includes:

  • Pool rent from week 37 – week 42
  • Delivery and pick up of the pool
  • Accessories: two hoes and tap adapters, electrical pool pump, electrical water pump, floor protector, pool cover, floating water thermometer, Mirror, derbis net, Personal use liner

 

If you didn’t get to use to pool, unused and unopened pool liner can be fully refunded (€40). The rest of the price is not refundable.

Where to start? Contact me via a call, text or an email to check the availability of the pool for your birth. If a pool is available, we will discuss the rest of the details and make an appointment for the pool delivery.

Contacts:

Karina Vos
Mob: +31 (0) 610 27 37 38
Email: info@karinavos.nl
Utrecht

Water birth video for an inspiration: https://youtu.be/26_Kjr7qXLk

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Mothering the mother – closing ceremony

What is it? For whom is this?

Mothering the mother – closing ceremony is a closure to the cycle of pregnancy, labor and birth and can be done at any time after the mother has stopped bleeding after the birth whether that’s a few weeks or a few years!  The ceremony comes from Mexico, it is to honor the new mother’s hard work of carrying her baby for 9 months, experiencing the process of labor and birth and the bringing forth of a new life. It is a celebration of her wonderful body and her journey into becoming a mother [whether for the first time or after every birth]. It is also to welcome her as a mother into the community.

The closing ceremony helps to physically and emotionally close her body after the opening of pregnancy and birth. A woman is opened spiritually, emotionally and physically by the process of labor and birth and is often left feeling very vulnerable and emotional. Everything about being pregnant, from your expanding belly, your growing baby to your pelvis and your uterus opening to release your baby is about opening up… After the intensity and hard work of labor to bring your baby into the world, traditional medicine and generations of wisdom say you need to close the body. Physically the closing ceremony helps to ease the bones of the hips and the muscles of the abdomen and pelvis back into alignment. Emotionally it helps women to feel nurtured and respected as mothers and helps them to begin to feel strong again after the intensity of labor and birth. This ends the cycle of pregnancy, birth and the initial postnatal recovery and helps women to have a more confident start to their journey into motherhood through nurturing and respect from their families and communities.

How is it done?

The ceremony starts by taking time for a deep breathing and grounding from all life’s daily demands. During this calm moment mother and the ceremony givers drink a herbal tea, that the mother has previously chosen from our Mothering the Mother teas selection. In the meanwhile a relaxing herbal bath is prepared.

During the second part of the ceremony, mother is enjoying time the herbal bath, accompanied with live flowers and soothing music. This is the time when mother can think about the pregnancy, the birth, her life before entering into the motherhood or anything else that comes up to her. For many moms this is a very spiritual experience going as deep as experience own life in her mother’s womb.

To start the third part of the closing ceremony, mother puts on comfortable closing (e.g. yoga outfit). During this part of the ceremony mother is receiving a full body massage, with a special and gentle attention to her heart and abdominal.

Finally after the massage mother remains laying on the comfortable mat and is receiving bone closing ritual, where two ritual hosts using Rebozos ( Mexican scarfs) wrap they key areas of the body starting at the head and working down to the feet to “close” them to a pre-pregnancy state.

The costs for the Closing Ceremony – Mothering Mother of 3 hrs with two ceremony hosts is €250. If you want to give this treatment to someone as a gift and pay for a part of it, that is also possible (e.g. as Baby-shower/ Mother Blessing gift)

Where to start? Contact me via a call, text or an email to schedule a date for your Closing ceremony. We will also discuss the location and other practical questions.

Contacts:

Karina Vos
Mob: +31 (0) 610 27 37 38
Email: info@karinavos.nl
Utrecht