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Name
Jacki Barker
Display Name
Jacki Barker
Business Name
Love Cherub
Email
jackibarkerdoula@gmail.com
Business Phone
0448191149
Location
Northern Beaches, Manly, Mona Vale, Avalon, North Sydney, North Shore, Eastern Suburbs, Sydney
State
NSW
Doula Category
Birthing Doula, Postnatal Doula
Training
Midwife, HypnoBirthing
About / Bio
Jacki is a doula with a background of almost 20 years of midwifery. With a passion for peaceful, calm, positive and safe birth experiences, she is keen to ensure women are offered many birth choices. After a couple of years working in health administration, Jacki decided to return to assist women at birth with her own Doula business. She realised how much she missed birth. She has a warm, caring nature with a sense of humour and is thrilled that when she works as a doula, she has time to use the reflexology, reiki and aromatherapy she barely had time to use working as a midwife. Her bag of goodies includes heat packs, relaxation music, a Tibetan singing bowl, various mood lights/ and important essential oils. Jacki is a mother of two now grown children and regards their births as the most positive and empowering events in her life although she does wish she could go back and have waterbirths! After studying Arts with a Psychology major, Jacki was drawn to studying midwifery. She says her mission is to empower women and their partners through their own individual chosen birth plans, to create incredible, wonderful birth stories. She knows the presence of a doula can create the nurturing, secure setting to give women the total empowerment they deserve.
Testimonial
"Thanks for your kindness, calmness, advice and wise words in my moments of doubt. I'm very proud of how my birth went and I couldn't have done it without you there"
Claire and Mark - April 2017

"Thank you so much for your guidance, knowledge, support and care during my pregnancy and birth. You helped turn this experience into the very best it could have been."
Kristin and Marty 2016

"We really wanted to thank you for your training and support with HypnoBirthing for the birth of our son. With the training we did and your coaching we were able to get as close as possible to the birth we wanted. We have a beautiful, calm and happy boy and really appreciated all we learnt in the course for helping us negotiate with hospital staff to get what we wanted out of the process."
Shannon & Anthony 2016

"With so much gratitude and appreciation, we offer our thanks to you, such a beautiful soul. Your support and advice have been exactly what we needed. We are so pleased we could share this wonderful experience with you."
Nina & Chester 2016

"The support and energy that you delivered during the birth of Winter was inexpendable and we couldn't have done it without you."
Katika & Ryan 2016

"You will always have a very special place in our hearts for your help and involvement in our Leila's birth."
Maria & Miq 2016

Thank you for remaining strong and calm. Your reassurance when I doubted myself helped me across the line. Such an incredible and beautiful experience.
2018 Anna and Justin

Your support through our whole birth journey will never be forgotten. So very happy your were there throughout and we will always be grateful for all the tops along the way. Kate and James 2018
Services Offered
I have 2 options of service. My complete service includes 2 meetings while you are pregnant, each meeting lasting around 2 hours where we will get to know each other and discuss your birth plan. I will prepare the plan for you and I am always at the end of the phone for any queries. At the next meeting we discuss natural ways to begin labour and ways to help avoid induction for being overdue. I go on call at 38 weeks and we are often in touch from this point about appointments and signs of labour. Then once you are in established labour I shall be there for you both through the entire experience. I will stay until around an hour after baby is born and assist with self led attachment breast feeding and assist you with uninterrupted skin to skin bonding time with baby after birth. Then I like to visit you all twice in the postnatal period, at least once at home so I can assist you with feeding, wrapping, bathing and holding techniques, chores, light cleaning or meal preparation or even babysitting the older siblings while you have time alone with baby.

My Postnatal Service is entirely negotiable and should you wish to extend the time I spend with you in the period at home after birth, we can certainly tailor this service to your needs. This can be additional to my complete service or you may elect to have me just for the postnatal period and not the birth. Please see the above mentioned services I provide in this period within my notes on my Complete Service.

My Birth Only package is best for mothers having their second or third child who had no issues with breastfeeding before. I meet with you at least once but try to meet twice and then assist with a birth plan and attend your birth. I provide a debrief over the phone if you wish but there is no postnatal visit in this option.
Other Skills
I am a Midwife and therefore I am experienced and aware of the entire birth process. More than anything I want to support you and your partner, empowering you through your birth. I can explain exactly what is going on through your journey when the health professionals are caring for you, liaising with them on your behalf and I can anticipate things and let you know ahead of time what you may feel. I can assist you with breastfeeding, bathing and settling techniques I have learned over the years. I can use your choice of Reiki, relaxation techniques, aromatherapy, reflexology, mood lighting/ candles, ‘Active Birth’ techniques as well as suggest the use of water in labour , including birthing in water. I can bring a Tibetan singing bowl to play and have a large collection of music you may like to choose from to play through your journey.
I am very excited to be teaching HypnoBirthing (Marie Mongan Method) to couples alongside my services as a doula. As a HypnoBirthing practitioner, I am able to help couples self hypnotise to then allow them to be in touch with their innate, natural birthing ability. This course, which the majority of my clients elect to take is just incredible. All the couples love the content and how it assists birth hugely. I cannot stress more the power of this course and highly recommend taking it.
Please see my Postnatal Service in the Service Offer section for notes on the services I can provide in this period.
Date Updated
2018/05/09