Doula

 CURRENTLY ON MATERNITY LEAVE

Janice Smith Gisler studied with the Australian Doula College.  They are the ONLY government accredited doula program in Australia. 

As a doula, I will provide a minimum two antenatal visits, presence for birth (however long that may be) and two postnatal visits. I commit to being on call for 2 weeks either side of your due date. I accept only 1-2 clients per month so I am able to provide you with the attention you and your family need.

I book your birth in a fortnight each side of your estimated due date – and dedicate myself to support you from start to finish of your labour. During this time I am available 24 a hours/day to you by phone and email. If you happen to go into labour outside the two weeks before or after your estimated due date – unless absolutely impossible I will be with you during labour regardless of the date.


Other skills and services: I have a lending library of over 200 titles available to my clients and I am also a HypnoBirthing Practitioner.

I accompany women in labour to help ensure a safe and satisfying birth experience. I draw upon my knowledge and experience to provide emotional support, physical comfort and communication with your health care provider to ensure you have the information needed to make informed decisions in labour.I can provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner, make suggestions for labour progress, and help with relaxation, massage, positioning and other techniques for comfort.
 

Testimonials
 

By Tee-Jay

It's hard to know where to start with giving feedback on Janice....she's SO amazing at what she does because of who she is! A friend suggested we have a Doula at the birth of our first child so I arranged a meeting with Janice. I am quite a high-energy person so when I met Janice her calm, kinesthetic personality appealed straight away - I imagined how grounding it would be to hear her voice and have her present when I was in the throws of labour to support both me & my husband.....and that's exactly how it played out! I had an incredible labour and didn't even realise my bub was posterior until after she was born; Janice expertly massaged my lower back which felt fabulous and relieved all pain for me - it was great. My labour progressed quickly and was drug-free because I felt 100% safe and comfortable at all times. Both my husband and I highly recommend Janice - she is a very special lady - an angel among us we reckon! Thank you for massaging my neck too whilst I had my stitches done - that was perfection right there! In our opinion Janice's love, calmness and genuine affection for us & our beautiful bub made all the difference to my birthing experience - we will be forever grateful for everything you did for us on the lead up to and during the birth - you're truly an amazing lady! x 

 

By Karleigh

Love, love, love Janice - so professional, understanding, caring and thoughtful I cannot recommend her highly enough as a birth support or hypnobirthing practitioner. Her knowledge and extensive library of resources make her an asset that you DO NOT want to be without if you are giving birth. 10/10.
 

By Amanda

I had Janice with me before she became an official doula. I had her in Korea during one of the most traumatic miscarriages I could ever imagine. She held my hand in the room during various tests and kept me as calm and safe as she could, even though I was scared and in a lot of pain. While everyone around me spoke various languages and refused to tell me what was going on, Janice kept my eye contact and let me see that although she was a little scared too, she would not let anything happen to me! During my successful pregnancy last year, she aided me through skype, email, and phone to help me through the high risks I was facing. She introduced me to Hypnobirthing, and gave me advice to help me out during my amnios, and difficult labor. I was able to bring my new miracle baby into the world and knew I had all of the tools I needed to enjoy my birthing rather than be held back by past losses! I am blessed to have had Janice on my side for my losses and successes in pregnancy/birthing. I am thankful for her friendship and guidance everyday!! xoxo

 

By Meredith

I was lucky enough to become part of Janice's family when I married my husband. Although we didn't get to spend any one/one time together, I immediately knew that she had a special soul. When I became pregnant, Janice was one of the first people to send me words of encouragement and helpful advice to keep me on the right track during my pregnancy. She introduced me to Hypnobirthing and continued supporting me via email. I always knew that if I started to worry or dread the unknown, I could count on Janice to talk me through it. When my labour started, I remembered the words I read in the Hypnobirthing books and ended up having the most exhilerating birthing experience, one that I would do over and over again. I owe Janice so much. Being able to naturally welcome my son into the world from being so in tune to my body has given me an inner strength that I never thought possible. Thanks Janice for guiding me, I couldn't have done it without you.