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What is a Doula?

“Doula” is a Greek word that translates into ‘mothering the mother’, or ‘womens servant’.  She is a birth attendant who’s primary objective is to support a woman during the rite of passage of giving birth.  She is an advocate for the woman, and has her best interests at heart throughout the entire process.  A doula works with the woman prior to birth, during the birth and then after the birth to ensure that she is prepared for this process, and that she experiences it in the most empowered way.  She understands that the process of birth impacts the mothering that comes afterwards.

 

A doula is there to listen to and nurture the mother during her birth.  She understands that birth is a sacred process that requires sensitivity and awareness and she has the capacity to ‘hold space’ for the mother and her partner during the process.  She can also help you communicate with your other support members, whether that is in a hospital, birthing unit or with a private midwife and she understands that the partner has the primary role of a caregiver.  Her role is to honor the mothers desires and wishes and allow her to let go and allow birth to unfold.

A trained doula also has a tool kit of knowledge and skills to support you during a birth.  They use massage, essential oils, homeopathy, awareness, visualisations, movement, meditation, voice expression, accupressure and water (amongst others) to support your body  in opening and letting go.  She will also support the partner during the birth and she understands that the birth process has an impact on bonding and unity for the family, so the partner, if they chose, is present and active in the supportive role aswell.

According to research undertaken in the US, Klaus, Kennel and Klaus, authors of Mothering the Mother, “How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier and Healthier Birth” have identified the benefits of having a doula at your birth:

  • 50% reduction in caesarean rate
  • 25% shorter labour
  • 60% reduction in epidural requests
  • 40% reduction in oxytocin use
  • 30% reduction in analgesia use
  • 40% reduction in forceps delivery
  • Improved breastfeeding
  • Decreased incidence of postpartum depression
  • Greater maternal satisfaction
  • Better mother-infant interaction

I am a firm believer of the continuum of care for pregnancy.  Already in my work I am supporting women in their prenatal preparation,  throughout pregnancy with massage  and in post natal care.  I wanted to follow this through and be able to support them also during their birth.  This repore and continual care supports the mother physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually for her rite of passage on becoming a mother (or 2nd or 3d time mother!)

As a your doula, I would.

1. Visit you three times before your birth for your preparations.  This includes helping  you decide on a birth plan and how you can make informed choices and actions regarding interventions and medical options throughout the birth according to your needs now, and if they change during the birth.

2. Be at your entire birth for support regardless of the time of day, day of the week or whether you are having a home birth, birthing centre birth, hospital birth or cesarian.  (This includes 24 hour student support for me from a supervisor over the phone, if needed, to ensure you receive the utmost of care)

3. Have two follow up post natal visits

4. Be on call for two weeks before and two weeks after your birth

Please note – as a doula I am part of your support team.  This also includes your partner (I hope so if thats what you wish), midwife and obstetrician etc.  I am not available for ‘Freebirths’ which is when there is no midwife or medical person present.

 

 

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Adelaide Training for Kahuna Bodywork Workshop

This November Ki’a’i Ho’okahi Weber is coming to Adelaide for a weekend introductory Kahuna Bodywork training workshop.  This is a perfect weekend for you if you have been thinking about learning Kahuna Bodywork and have been feeling uncertain about traveling interstate for training,  or if you are just feeling stuck in life and feel the need for some personal development tools to help move you into a new space and place.  The weekend will give you a chance to experience some of the Kahuna Sciences exercises that move you forward in life and increase our connection to ourselves and our greater environment.

You will meet Ki’a’i Weber and personally experience her training styles that form the Australian College of Kahuna Sciences.

We welcome you all to this weekend in Adelaide, to gain a personal insight right there and then, or to decide on your future development or training in this dynamic form of bodywork.

No previous massage or bodywork skills are necessary!

Saturday 3rd November and Sunday 4th November

9am – 5pm

Venue – Natural Health Academy, 3/47 South Tce, Adelaide SA

Here you can watch Kahu Abraham (Ki’a’i Weber’s life teacher and mentor) speak about Kahuna Sciences training, and see him perform his magical Kahuna Bodywork modality.

This workshop is to be facilitated by Ki’a’i Weber – Ki’a’i is the first certified master in the field of Kahuna Bodywork.

Ki’a’i Weber trained for 16 years under the guidance of the Hawaiian Kahuna and founder of this lineage of Kahuna Bodywork – Kahu Abraham Kawai’i.

Ki’a’i is the founder and CEO of the Australian College of Kahuna Sciences. With the assistance of Kahu Abraham Kawai’i she developed 3 Government Accredited courses ranging from Certificate through to Advanced Diploma level.

The teaching is preserved and taught in Australia at the Australian College of Kahuna Sciences in its original format.

INVESTMENT for the weekend is $360

With a $100 non refundable* deposit required on registration

Final payment due Friday 20th October 2012

Lunch will provided, with catering by the award winning Bliss Organic Cafe

Places are limited to only 30 participants! Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity of self transformation

(*deposit may be put towards further training/workshops with ACKS if unable to attend)

REGISTRATION/ENQUIRIES can be made by contacting
Fiona House – 0416 473 163 info@fionahouse.com.au

 

FURTHER INFORMATION……

 

KAHU ABRAHAM KAWAI’I

Kahu felt that the wealth inherent in Hawaiian culture could be taught outside of its cultural framework. He went on to formulate strategies to teach the principles at work.

He often stated that none of the trainings he offered were ever about healing, rather they focused on the manifestation or mastering of the self.

Kahu stepped out of this existence into the next in 2004, but his work continues in Australia, primarily through teachings by Ki’a’i Weber

AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE of KAHUNA SCIENCES

www.kahunasciences.com.au

The college offers 3 government accredited courses in Kahuna Bodywork.

Certificate IV in Kahuna Bodywork (Relaxation)
Course code: 30704QLD

Diploma of Kahuna Bodywork (Therapeutic)
Course code: 30705QLD

Advanced Diploma of Kahuna Sciences (Bodywork/Instructor Training)
Course code: 30706QLD

And also…..

Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice
Course code: HLT40307

Diploma of Remedial Massage
Course code: HLT50307

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Meet and Greet our Natural Therapists at Rainbow Tree

Come and explore what goes on beyond the door at Rainbow Tree!

Rainbow Tree now has three practitioners working from the therapy room.  Natural Therapists Fiona House, Jacqueline Iles and Kelly Lulic, and Rainbow Tree.  Proprietor Rachel Clark will be throwing open the therapy room door for a night of fun and insight.  This is your chance to come and meet and greet us all.  There will be short talks from each of us, plus nibbles, organic wine, special offers, free goody bags and loads of door prizes!

Fiona House – Tactile Therpaies for the Body, Mind and Spirit

Kahuna Bodywork
Fertility, Pregnancy and Post Natal Massage
Holistic Massage
Mayan Abdominal Therapy

Fiona will be speaking about the range of therapies she offers and how they support your mind, body and soul though stressful times of transition and change.  She will also be discussing women’s reproductive conditions and how her work supports the health of the hormone system and uterus,  as well as  with supporting you in conception, pregnancy and after the birth your baby.

Jacqueline Ilnes – Ayurvedic Consultant and Yoga Teacher
Jacqueline has been a yoga teacher for over 10 years and an Ayurvedic Consultant for over 6 years.  She has a wealth of knowledge and wisdom of the ayurvedic constitutions and the human body.  She will be speaking about how the ancient and powerful ayurvedic system of health and healing supports your body in all your day to day health concerns, and how it can also help prepare you for child bearing, support you in pregnancy, and balance your system reducing uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms.

Kelly Lulic – Mums and Bubs Nutritionist
Kelly is a qualified Nutritionist.  Through her study, and from her own journey of pregnancy and child rearing, she is a wealth of information and support for nutritional advice covering the childbearing period.  She specialises in prenatal, pregnancy and post natal nutrition – as well as breastfeeding, food for your baby, introducing solids and how to take care of your own body nutritionally after pregnancy.  Kelly will be discussing ways to support yourself nutritionally over this time for you and your baby.

We have so much pre-natal, pregnancy and post-natal knowledge and experience to share!

 

 

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Spring energy special offers

Spring is here with the ups and down of Spring weather!  One week we have gorgeous warm days in the 20’s, then back we are to cooler days and cold evenings again.  As I sit in my office and look out onto our land, I see the trees now bursting through in bud, and the fruit blossoms coming out in full bloom.  I love spring as I get to head back out into the garden and revisit my weedy flower beds and vegetable patch!  I love the feeling of having more energy, waking with more light, and being able to go for a run without long sleeves on!  Do you love spring too?  Read on for our Spring Equinox Celebration happening this weekend and ways to get back into that routine of looking after the body and eating well. (And remember that I also have Eftpos/ Credit Card facilities too!)  **Special offer below!**


Winter Blues are over!  Time to revisit that body!

Life is a cycle.  We have seasonal cycles, moon cycles, life/age cycles, and for women, we have menstrual cycles.  With these cycles are the ebbs and flows of life energy.  In the seasonal cycle, Winter is that time to hibernate, stay still, warm, inside and go within with more for contemplation and rest.  Now that we are in spring, it is the time to move that energy outwards again.  Most people feel the change without thinking about it.  They clean out cupboards, start going for walks, lighten the type of meals they eat, start thinking about socialising more.  These are all natural rhythms of human beings adjusting to the change in energy.  By embracing this spring energy and considering goals and changes we wish to make in our lives, this is the perfect time to re-establish routine and begin to reacquaint ourselves with our bodies.  The energy of this time is to support your goals, and desires and will encourage you to get active again.

Spring is a great time to look at our eating habits, how we eat, and how much we eat.  Its also a super time to get back on the bike, take some bush walks, go camping, and generally get outdoors again.  Its also the perfect time to start your massage routine again.  As bodies begin to thaw (so to speak!) and we are wanting to exercise more, we need to get the blood and lymph flowing again and ease the muscle aches and pains associated with renewed exercise.  Massage is great for this, and also for toxin release, so people who want to diet at this time find that regular massage supports their bodies in the weight loss process, and eases its workload in detoxifying.  Massage is also incredibly relaxing, eases anxiety and promotes deeper sleep, deeper breathing and clearer mental capacity.

To support you in your process of getting fit, healthy and ready for spring,  I am offering 15%  off all appointments as an encouragement to revisit the body, send it some love and begin to reacquaint yourself with a great massage.  This offer is only valid once per client, and is only valid until 30th September.  There are not many spots left, so get in quick to avoid disappointment.  This is my way of treating you all to a spring celebration! (Only valid for bookings made between 20/9 – 30/9.  Not valid for gift vouchers or 5.45/6 pm time slots