What is a Doula?

Genesis Maternity Clinic endorses Doulas. The word ‘doula’, pronounced ‘dooh-la’ – is a Greek word meaning ‘handmaiden or caregiver’. A doula offers emotional and physical support to a woman and her partner before, during and after childbirth. The role of the birth doula encompasses the non-medical aspects of care during childbirth. Doulas are trained and experienced in childbirth, while they have a good knowledge and awareness of the birth process, a doula does not support the mother in a medical role. That is the job of the midwife, or obstetrician. A doulas help is a valuable addition to the birth team. Your birth support team are the people you will rely on to get you through your toughest, most intense moments. Doulas are trained in the art of birth support, and have a keen eye and intuition on what a labouring mother needs.

We recommend talking to your midwife for a list of doulas she has worked with. It is important to connect with your doula and feel like you can trust her. She will be with you during one of the most intimate and vulnerable times in your life, so your comfort with her is vital.

Private Doulas endorsed by Genesis Maternity Clinic

"It’s time to put women’s needs, feelings, and intuition back in the center of the birth process. Women are the rock-stars of birth; professionals are the backup singers.” 

Pregnancy, birth, babies and breastfeeding are my passions in life.  The way I perceived birth was revealed to me when I sat in on a talk and video about water birth and cried as a “reborn” throughout! I knew then from that moment on, without any doubt, that birth can be a life changing experience and something a couple can activity participate in, rather than just something that you have to suffer through and get done. I did my doula training in with Village Doulas in 2008 and Mama Bamba in 2013.  I keep current by attending births at various hospitals, birth clinics and homes, attending workshops and courses and interacting with care providers and researching every moment I get, as well as listening to my most willing teachers - my clients and their babies. 


  • Doula services
  • Antenatal classes
  • TENS rental
  • Belly binding


Tertia 061 778 1327

"Anything worth doing is worth doing well" 

A Doula is a multifaceted professional layperson that has been specifically trained in the art of childbirth, breastfeeding and baby care. My goal is to educate, empower and support women and their partners during their pregnancy and birth process, helping to achieve their vision, with the best possible outcome. I am particularly passionate about giving new mothers the correct support necessary for a wonderful breastfeeding relationship with their newborn. Whether you are planning a normal delivery or a caesarean section, I will gladly walk alongside you as you begin the most rewarding journey of your life.


  • Antenatal workshops
  • Birth support
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Postnatal guidance
  • Home visits


Donna 082 696 8759

"There is a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.” 

I am  Laurette C Brand. I have two children. They were natural births in hospital. I have been a Birth Doula for ten years and have worked with different midwives and gynaecologists and have done community work done at the Johannesburg general hospital


  • I am a DOSA  Doula and did my training with Village Doulas.
  • I am a  therapeutic pregnancy massage therapist.
  • I have done breast feeding training with Marie- Louis Steyn.
  • Advanced techniques training  with Midwife/Doula Jacky- Bloomraad de Boer, which included Moxa, cupping, Reboza , pressure points and homeopathic remedies in labour) .
  • Training with Midwife  Ruth Ehrhardt = Listening skills , sexual abuse triggers,  triggers points and helping baby’s breath.
  • Belly binding.
  • Bereavement training done with Mama Nurture.


My  purpose is to help others in such a way it makes a difference to them and their family .My aim is to help you get what you want. A birth that is well planned and with a team that will assist you at all times. I do not get involved in any medical situations instead my role is to give you emotional/physical  or any other support you will need. I assist with laboring positions/massage/ breathing and relaxing techniques to help you achieve a positive birth experience.


Laurette 082 946 8803

"Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers – strong, competent capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength."

In 2002 I read an article about doulas and I really felt it was something I could do. The seed had been planted and began to germinate. In 2004 I left my corporate job and became a doula. I have never regretted my decision and have never looked back. Over the years I have learnt so much from the birthing process, the parents and each individual baby. They have all taught me that there is no right way – just their way. My aim has always been to empower the parents with knowledge that they need for the birth process and to build confidence in their abilities to labour and birth the way they wish to. My greatest joy is seeing a happy family taking their first confident steps into parenthood.


  • Doula services
  • Private antenatal classes
  • Postpartum care
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Belly binding
  • Rebozo
  • Cupping


Elizabeth 083 664 4113

"I am passionate about helping women create the right space and environment for birthing and facilitating babies to participate in their own birth experience."

By learning how to tune into our deeper needs during pregnancy, and intuiting the needs of our babies, we can birth in the best way for ourselves and our babies, whether that be a homebirth, a medical-led birth or a Caesarian. Every type of birth can be healing and empowering if the mother is given the opportunity to stick to at least some of what she really needs  – even in births where circumstances seem to carry women beyond their expectations (i.e. a homebirth ending up as a Caesar) – if a mother is listened to and given the opportunity to communicate throughout, then she can still come out of any birth feeling a wonderful sense of achievement. A doula helps a woman communicate her needs during the intensity of labour and birth.

Brought up by missionary parents in a very isolated environment in Central Africa, I was attended my first brith when I was eight years old. Birth is in my blood. The “barefoot midwife”, the name given to village midwives in rural areas around the globe. Villagers would fetch me to sit in on the village births. I also worked in mission hospitals during school holidays. And so I watched how women birthed in their homes, and I watched how women birthed in the hospitals. I saw that when a woman breathes deeply, she births easily. When a woman squats or is on her hands and knees, moves freely, she is open to birth successfully. I observed that mothers who were in a sacred birthing space with mostly women companions, who moved and made deep sounds without inhibitions and were given all the time they needed, birthed differently from women who were on their backs on hospital beds in the presence of machines and strangers. I was drawn to teaching pregnancy yoga, as it is a wonderful tool to learn birthing breath and movements, and to settle into that knowing when to be still and relax within intensity. It has been the perfect compliment to my work as a doula.I have had four unmedicated home births.


  • Doula
  • Couple’s birthing workshops for labour preparation
  • Diastasis Recti rehabilitation (healing abdominal separation)
  • Biodynamic CranioSacral Therapy (wonderful for resolving birth trauma and also relieving tensions associated with tongue tie and so much more)


 Shasta 073 364 5036

"If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it." 

I have been helping family and friends labour and birth for about 17 years and never had a title.  The third birth I had with a family member with the same midwife eventually pulled me aside after the birth and wanted me to look into been a Doula, a very new word many years ago but I did and completely fell in Love with the Concept.  Helping more women and families labour and birth, and every single one is different and unique.  I did my course with Sacred Heart and started working part-time at Genesis Clinic and fell even more in love with this idea of Empowering Expectant families and Birthing their way.  I myself have had a Natural Water Birth with Sue King many years ago and then had 2 Caesars 10 years later.  I have been blessed to have experience both having my family around while I laboured and birth and then been in a room and feeling overwhelmed which ended in a Caesar.  I am extremely passionate about Breastfeeding as well and believe that the support needed is very necessary and limited in many Health Institutions


  • Birthing doula – pre-birth visit, labour and post-birth story visit.
  • Postpartum care
  • Breastfeeding support


Claurette: 071 582 2626

"Not every “job” do you get to stare deep into another woman’s eyes, her staring back almost inside you. Hands tightly gripped. Her need and want for you. Watching her transform into a mother as she works through blocks and leaps hurdles. How could you not fall in love." 

My name is Katrina and I am a full qualified WOMBS Doula and a mother to 3 beautiful girls . My aim as a doula is to empower you to make informed decisions and choices about your labour and the delivery of your baby.

I believe birth is incredibly beautiful and powerful. It is a sacred moment and quite possibly one of the most important and life changing events in a woman's life. I believe if women can carry the courage and strength they gain from a positive birth experience and transfer those qualities to their daily life the possibilities are endless. As a doula I believe in supporting your strength, and acknowledging the choices you make. It is a privilege to witness birth. It is profound.


  • Doula services
  • Postpartum care
  • Breastfeeding support


Katrina 083 790 0123


"Serving women through their journey of motherhood."

As a professional, certified Doula trained in childbirth, I provide emotional, physical and educational support to a mother who is expecting, is experiencing labour, or has recently given birth. My purpose is to help mothers (and their partners) have a safe, memorable and empowering birthing experience. I pride myself in providing you and your partner with care, understanding, information and support throughout, during, and after the birthing process. Our initial meeting will help me tailor my packages to fit your needs, as every pregnancy is different.


Supporting Women And Families Through Pregnancy And Postpartum.


 Magdaleen 064 169 4887

“Giving birth can be the most empowering experience of a lifetime – an initiation into a new dimension of mind-body awareness.”

Having had an affinity and curiosity about pregnancy, birth and babies since early childhood, Theoni attended her first birth as a friend of the mother in 1994. After the mother birthed her baby beautifully Theoni was in awe of this sacred and huge moment in time.

This initiated the journey of formally becoming a Doula, her passion and ongoing training allowing her to become a highly sought after Doula and Birth Keeper today.

Over the last 2 decades she has attended hundreds of different kinds of births in all its variations: Home births, hospital births and Caesarean sections. Some of these were wonderful, all going to plan, but some took unusual turns, always stimulating her ability to hold the space for the Mother, Father and Baby.

Today she continues to prepare and assist women and their partners for the transformation of becoming parents, using her wide expertise in Hypnobirthing, NLP, being a Pregnancy Yoga and Moms and Babes Yoga teacher, as well as her body work experience as a qualified Kahuna massage and Craniosacral therapist.


  • Confident Hypnobirthing Antenatal classes
  • Pregnancy Yoga
  • Moms & Babes yoga
  • Kahuna massage
  • Craniosacral therapy
  • Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)
  • Full Circle Pregnancy Retreat
  • Ceremonies, Blessing way, Baby blessings & Weddings
  • Belly casting


Theoni 083 229 3253


"It's not pain, it's the power of a woman."

When I started working at Genesis Clinic in 2009 I never thought I would fall in love with supporting pregnant women during their labour and birth as my position by then was a Head of House Keeping. Being exposed to seeing highly pregnant women and newborn babies created a love to offer more than just checking if their rooms and meals fitted the standard. I decided to do a Doula training and I added with to this an advanced First Aid Course, as I was advised to do, by the Genesis Clinic matron. I started working as a Doula from 2014 and I really have no regrets about my choice as I get compliments from all my patients and even invites to attend the babies birth days! Being a Doula is more like a calling to me, the joy to see parents share a tear of joy after receiving their newborn baby encourages me to deliver more quality service.


  • Labour and birth support
  • Breast feeding support
  • Postnatal visit
  • First Aid provider

Contact details

Cebi: 079 8122 693

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step."

I have always been passionate about babies and birth.  I prefer the more holistic approach to pregnancy, birth and post-partum care and therefore chose to study through Childbirth International.   I started studying to be a doula after my firstborn little girls' birth.  She very sadly passed away during labour, but I was blessed to birth her gently into this world at home with my midwife, doula and mom by my side.  It was a really beautiful birth experience and we got to spend so much time with her.  I have subsequently had a little rainbow boy - my little miracle!  I thoroughly enjoy helping moms-to-be make informed decisions about their birthing options and seeing how empowered they become when given all the facts without bias. I believe that birth is a normal physiological process and an important journey in a mother and father's life.


I worked with the notorious midwife - 'Sue King' for the past 3 years as her assistant and attended numerous births with her as a doula. I have also completed Midwife - Jacky Bloemraad-de Boer's 'Advanced Doula Training', as well as doing rebozzo and cupping workshops.  I have also attended Midwife - Ruth Ehrhardt's Helping babies breathe course.


  • Doula Services
  • Placenta Encapsulation Services
  • Rebozzo
  • Cupping
  • Acupressure


Shannon 082 583 6915

I am a professional doula and Lactation consultant (IBCLC) who fell in love with the birth world during my pregnancy and birth journey with my first daughter. I became a Village doula and later added on Mama Bamba doula to gain further skills. I have attended advanced training courses such a rebozo and aromatherapy for labour, to name a few, with the desire to give the mom and her partner a better labour experience. My passion for breastfeeding guided me to certify as a lactation consultant so that I can help my moms and many others experience the true magic of breastfeeding. I love that with this career research is constantly being done and we learn new techniques and gain new information all the time. My aim is to use this and my experience to support the birthing couple and to help empower them to make the decisions in labour that are right for them. I don’t care how or where a mother births, I do care that she was allowed to be part of the decision making and as far as possible made informed choices for her birth journey.


  • Doula services
  • Breastfeeding home visits
  • Breastfeeding moms groups
  • Tens rental


Laura 083 301 2826

"Pregnancy, labour and birth begins with the unknown but ends with the unforgettable. "

After the birth of my son who is now 10 years old I felt something was missing from my birth process. And that's when I started volunteering at Rahima moosa mother and child hospital. Then I went onto completing my doula course so that I could assist mom's on a more professional level and also offer more to them. Since then I've never looked back!  I am certified with DOSA/ training at Sacred space and I have been practising as a Doula for eight years.


  • Doula
  • Infant message therapy
  • Postpartum care
  • Breastfeeding management
  • Baby weighing
  • Accupressure for natural induction
  • Special interest towards natural pain coping techniques during labour and childbirth


Sadiyah 071 871 8282

“ Birth is not only about making babies.  Birth is about making mothers – strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.”

Chrissie Smith-Schuler has been certified as a WOMBS Doula since 2012. She is also a certified Postpartum Doula, Reiki Practitioner, Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, and utilises Rebozo techniques to assist moms labour more effectively. As a proud mother and passionate about the work she does, Chrissie’s mantra is “Mother the Mother in each of us and she will Mother us all”. Not only does she support Mom during labour, but she works with Dad or partner to create a cheer leading team for Mom during one of the most beautiful yet challenging journeys one can face. Chrissie’s ambition is to help you realise your birth plan and to ensure it unfolds the way you envisioned it to. She sees her role as primarily providing important emotional, physical and spiritual support and preparation for your birth.


  • Postpartum Doula
  • Placenta Encapsulation Specialist
  • Belly Binding Specialist
  • Reiki Practitioner
  • Reboza Pain Relief Workshops
  • Breast Feeding Support


Chrissie 083 556 9251

"If a woman doesn't look like a Goddess during labour, then someone isn't treating her right."

I am a WOMBS Qualified Birth Doula and a Mum of one. I qualified in 2012 as an International (ITEC) Aromatherapist and Reflexologist, and had a huge passion for pregnancy, labour and birth. After the birth of my daughter I realised how important a Doula is, and how aromatherapy and massage comes into play in the birthing world.  I was extremely excited to venture down my two chosen paths and holistically join them into one. I believe that birth is something we, as women, were designed to do, naturally. I believe that it’s empowering and emotional. It’s an experience that as a woman, belongs only to you. The Mom needs to be educated and informed because we don’t give birth, she does.  We are a team to assist her and guide her. I also believe that there is a place for homeopathics, alternative practices and modern day medicine in pregnancy, labour and birth but there is a time and place and a reason for each. And lastly, I believe in your Birth wish list and will do everything I can to make this journey special and to not only birth a baby, but to birth a Mom and Dad. I am also an internationally qualified Aromatherapist and reflexologist specialising in Pregnancy and baby massage


Prenatal visits to assess your needs and desires for birth, define and understand our expectations of one another, and provide you with useful tools for labour and birth. Birth plan assistance to help you clarify your preferences for birth and explain the options that are available to you. Unlimited phone and email support throughout your pregnancy. Continuous physical, emotional and informational support for you and your partner during the labour and birth, to help you hold and move towards the vision you created for your baby’s birth. Initial breastfeeding support Postpartum visits to celebrate the birth of your baby, to chat about the birth and answer any questions you may have.


Bianca 061 546 7020

Benefits of Doula

A doula is trained in labour and childbirth and provides continuous support to a labouring mother. Her focus is tending to and helping the mom and supporting the relationship of the labouring couple. Doulas support labouring women by:

  • Providing continuous emotional and physical support
  • Giving information if asked and helping the mother find resources to research her birth choices before labour
  • Using comfort measures like massage, suggesting different positions and helping with relaxation breathing
  • Accommodating the mother’s wishes for the birth environment (low light, soft music, etc) in the place of birth
  • Encouraging the mother to be informed about any procedures and interventions (a doula does NOT give medical advice or interfere with the midwife/mother relationship)
  • Supporting the father/partner in the best way to support the mother. A doula never replaces the very important role of the father/partner and a doula will help the birth partner by suggesting ways that he can support the labouring mom and things that can improve their synergy in labour.

If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it. ~ John H. Kennell, MD


*A Cochrane review published in 2012 found that in labours with the continuous presence of a doula, labouring mothers experienced:
  • 28% less likely to have a caesarean section.
  • 31% less likely to use of induction.
  • 12% increase in the likelihood of a vaginal birth.
  • 14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery.
  • 34% less likely to rate their childbirth experience negatively.