Name
Laura Lee Berlingieri
Display Name
Laura Lee Berlingieri, Sister Support Doula Care
Business Name
Sister Support Doula Care
Email
llberlingieri@gmail.com
Business Phone
0477283202
Location
Melbourne
State
VIC
Doula Time
2012
Doula Category
Birthing Doula, Postnatal Doula
Training
Australian Doula College, Pregnancy Massage Australia, The Royal Women's Hospital Childbirth Education Training, Opening to Life Birth Hypnosis Training, Dancing for BirthTM Instructor Training, Die Trageschule Babywearing Consultant Training
About / Bio
What's your vision for the birth of your baby? What will best help you open up to your natural birthing and parenting instincts? What fears around birth do you need to face and ultimately conquer? What strengths and victories from your past can you draw upon to help you meet the challenges ahead? What kind of support is most meaningful to you?

As your doula, I will walk with you as you explore the answers to these and other questions that arise as you prepare for birth and parenting. I will hold up the mirror that allows you to see your own capabilities and wisdom. By providing nurturing support and the information you seek, I will help you access confidence in yourself and your body, and trust in the powerful process of birth.

I am a certified birth and postnatal doula, pregnancy and postnatal massage therapist, childbirth educator, birth hypnosis instructor, Dancing for Birth™ instructor and babywearing instructor. I have experience with birth at home, in hospital and in birthing centres and also with VBAC preparation. My work has included families from a variety of cultural and language backgrounds. Although I pursued my formal doula studies in 2012, my passion for supporting women's choice in birth began in 1999 when I was pregnant with my first child. The gentle, peaceful births of my two children awoke in me a desire to help other women prepare themselves, mind and body, for a positive birth. Over the years, I've advocated for and volunteered with different organisations in a variety of countries to improve maternity care, educate women about birth and promote and protect breastfeeding.

I believe birth is a transformative occurrence in a woman's life, a rite of passage that deeply affects her on many levels. Our birth experiences stay with us for a lifetime and have a ripple effect on all our relationships; thus, it's essential to make birth as positive as possible. As a doula, my role is to help you identify what a positive birth looks like for you and guide you in your preparations to achieve an optimum outcome.
Testimonial
“I can’t recommend Laura Lee highly enough! She was committed, informative and encouraging through our prenatal preparation, our long labour and the postnatal period. What I appreciated most about Laura Lee’s care is that she excels in the intellectual and practical side of birthing, as well as having the capacity to be present and supportive through the emotional experience. She is incredibly well informed about the most recent research on birthing practices as well as being a calm, patient and compassionate person to have by your side. With Laura Lee’s assistance, I felt confident, empowered and excited about my birth!” Jennifer and Paul, 2012

"Laura Lee helped my partner and me to prepare for the birth of our baby with Birth Hypnosis sessions. Despite having already done some preparation for the birth, we were still feeling anxious about certain aspects of it. We so enjoyed working with Laura Lee – she is warm, professional and supportive, and she instantly put us at ease. She is also incredibly knowledgeable on the subject of birth and a passionate believer in women and their ability to birth naturally. Her knowledge in this area really helped to make us feel confident in my body, and to trust that I would be able to listen and respond to it during labour. Our sessions were really personalised – Laura Lee listened to what we wanted and adapted each session to suit us. She asked lots of questions to help tease out our fears related to the birth. This was confronting but so important. We were able to really face some of these fears and find a way to turn them into positive affirmations to take into the birth. Laura Lee also helped us practise breathing techniques for labour by leading us through a number of relaxation exercises and Birth Hypnosis scripts. Again, these were personalised – Laura Lee incorporated things that we had spoken about into the exercises, which we really appreciated. She gave us CDs with lovely guided relaxations on them to listen to each day before the birth. After our sessions with Laura Lee, we felt so much more confident and excited about the birth. And when the time came, we simply relaxed, we breathed, we trusted in my body and we welcomed our daughter into the world in the most natural, beautiful and calm way.” Jane and Kalu, 2012

"During labour, Laura Lee was not only my support but part of my total survival plan. She pulled out all the tricks in the book, in preparation for our baby girl to be born. We stretched, walked, meditated, massaged, breathed, she kept me nourished with special foods and drinks, and most off all she kept me focused. In hindsight, I have realised it didn’t matter that everything didn’t go the way I wanted it to, more often than not, it doesn’t. The important thing to remember is that I have a beautiful, healthy baby and had a positive birth experience. I now rave to all of my friends about it, as all their birth stories are full of fear and pain (I’m not saying it wasn’t painful) but I am positive that giving birth to Rosie was one of the best experiences of my life, thanks to a very special person, who will always have a place in our family’s hearts – Laura Lee. I highly recommend hiring this amazingly empowering lady. It will be one of the best decision you will ever make. She is worth every cent!” Kym and Andrew, 2013

"From the moment we met Laura Lee, we knew she was the doula for us. She was well prepared, professional and informative. We carefully explained to her what we wanted our birthing experience to be like, she completely understood what we wanted and helped us prepare for the arrival of our little boy. Leading up to the birth, Laura Lee was a great source of information, empowering and someone you could rely on when needed. During the birth, she was wonderful support for us and helped us achieve the type of birth we wanted. We cannot recommend her enough and she will always have a special place in our family's heart. It was the best decision we made in choosing her to be a part of a very special time, we couldn't have done it without her help." Lydia and Michael, 2013

“Dancing for Birth™ classes with Laura Lee were phenomenal and exceeded my expectations. Not only did I learn fun dances and how to move with my baby, but the rituals, wisdom and meditations that glued the session together were beautiful!" Krissy, 2014

"Right from our very first meeting,s Laura Lee impressed us with her great knowledge, passion and warmth. We 'clicked' right away and knew immediately that Laura Lee was the right doula for us. In the following weeks and months, we enjoyed several informative and personalised meetings with Laura Lee at our own home where we managed to form a close bond and prepare ourselves mentally and physically for the great adventure of giving birth. The information, suggestions and ideas that Laura Lee provided were individually put together for us to meet our very personal circumstances and wishes. As I am a very rational person myself, I appreciated the fact that all of the information was based on the latest scientific research so that we felt confident and empowered to make the best possible decisions for our baby and ourselves. At the same time, Laura Lee helped me to get in touch with my own body and to trust in its natural ability to birth my baby. Laura Lee has a great gift to listen and made us feel comfortable even when talking about the most intimate details of giving birth (or the lead up to or what comes after). She is very generous with her time so that we never felt rushed and had plenty of opportunities to ask and discuss all our questions and concerns. Unlike many other doulas, she also doesn't set a limit to the number of hours she will stay with you during birth before you have to pay 'extra'. Laura Lee is committed to being there for you however long it takes and to support you in whichever way you choose to give birth to your little baby. When our daughter Elina decided to make her way into this world 2.5 weeks early on a Monday morning, Laura Lee was at my side in an instant and helped me to stay calm and as comfortable as possible while waiting for an ambulance for a transfer to the birthing centre after a very speedy labour. Her hands-on approach and emotional support also took a lot of pressure off my husband who was- like me- overwhelmed by the sudden and intense onset of labour and still had a hundred things left to organise eg finding a dog sitter and packing my hospital bag. Eventually, our beautiful little girl arrived safely and without any interventions which was - to a great extent- thanks to the amazing work of our lovely doula Laura Lee (and our great midwife, of course). The entire time I felt safe, respected and very well looked after which I believe is extremely important for every woman when giving birth. Laura Lee came to visit us at home the next day which was very reassuring and her advice as an expert as well as a mother of two was crucial to the success of Elina's and my breastfeeding journey. During the following precious first weeks with our baby, Laura Lee continued to be a great source of information and support for us 'newborn parents'. We can't thank Laura Lee enough for her efforts and her commitment to helping make the birth of our daughter such a positive and empowering experience. We could not have wished for a better doula!" Doris and Darryn 2014

“I will always be grateful for Laura Lee’s care, guidance, kindness and generosity. I found her knowledge, patience and encouragement to be invaluable. I will treasure the memory of the environment Laura Lee created in our labour room and wholeheartedly appreciate the support she gave us during pregnancy and labour. We know we could not have done it without Laura Lee. She shines above the rest and is an angel on earth acting as a friend and mentor/doula. I’m blessed to have met Laura Lee and will forever be grateful. Our baby was lucky to have her there for his grand entrance! Thank you!” Angela and Anders, 2014

"I really loved your energy, Laura Lee! You gave us everything I wished for from Birth Hypnosis. Our wonderful baby girl Maya was born last night! I can't thank you enough for your wisdom; your breathing techniques really helped me during very intense surges and even more intense labour, which altogether lasted only 6 hours!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart once again and I can't recommend your services enough! All the best to you from Ania, Joe and Maya" 2016

"I cannot thank you enough for our Childbirth education workshop for my birth team! We are all feeling so much more confident, calm and excited about the birth and just really informed and reassured. You are an absolute wealth of knowledge and are also so skilled in listening to and holding all of the emotions that arise when preparing for birth. The guided relaxation you created for us was just beautiful too!" Jane and Kalu (repeat clients) 2016

"Laura Lee arrived at our home just as things were becoming too much for my partner and me to handle. My partner knows me well but Laura Lee knows a birthing woman's needs! She came in and instinctively saved me from losing focus with acupressure and massage in just the right spot, without any instruction from me. Her passion for both supporting women and learning give her a huge amount of resources to call upon. During a very long pregnancy, Laura Lee was a sounding board for my fears and frustrations and always knew how to turn anything into a positive and offer constructive support when needed. She shared so much valuable wisdom that women have shared amongst each other for decades that through my own reading alone I would not have found. During labour, she gave the perfect blend of hands-on support and space, a skill that comes from experience. Incredibly intuitive, knowledgeable, kind and respectful, I cannot imagine giving birth without her. Her contribution to my positive birthing experience was huge and I cannot put into words how thankful I am, or how special she is. Thank you, Laura Lee, for everything. May all women feel as supported as I was." Amber and Steve 2016

"What I liked best about Laura Lee's Pregnancy Massage was that I was completely able to relax. As I was in the comfort of my own home, I was able to go straight to bed afterwards and fall immediately to sleep, something I hadn't been able to do for many days. Laura Lee's massage was very nurturing. with beautiful energy and music." Krissy (repeat client) 2017


Services Offered
I offer Birth Support, Postnatal Support, Pregnancy Massage (mobile), Postnatal Massage (mobile), Childbirth Education workshops, Birth Hypnosis classes, Dancing for Birth™ private and group classes and Babywearing Consultation.

As your birth doula, I will meet with you 3 times in your home and our bond of trust will develop so that when your birthing time comes, you will have the comfort of a familiar presence by your side. I will share unbiased, evidence-based information to help you clarify your birth expectations and wishes. From this work, we will produce your Birth Preferences for you to share with your medical care providers. Together we will work through any fears or anxieties you may have. We will discuss how your miraculous body works in labour and in breastfeeding so that your confidence in your abilities can flourish. We will practice a variety of relaxation and comfort measures as well as active birth positions to prepare your mind and body for labour. I will help you plan resources and develop realistic expectations for the postnatal period.

I will be on call for you from 38 weeks and until your baby is born. When your labour begins, I will join you and together we will work toward your positive birth, using all the techniques and tricks in my doula bag, and most importantly, by providing non-judgemental, unwavering support.

After birth, I will stay for a few hours, ensuring that bonding and feeding get off to a great start. Unlike some doulas, I do NOT charge additional fees for labours that last beyond a set number of hours.

I will visit you 2 times after your baby's birth, to debrief your experience and answer questions that arise around newborn bonding, feeding, settling and more. I can also provide resources and referrals for any additional care you or baby might need.

**For birth doula clients, I offer my other services at reduced rates.

As your postnatal doula, we will discuss your vision for the first 6 to 8 postnatal weeks and the ways in which you'd like my support. I provide a Postnatal Plan template for you to discuss and complete, along with suggestions on products and services you may like to purchase or arrange in advance of birth (if we meet before then).

In my postnatal doula visits, I provide information and support with the following: bonding and attachment, breastfeeding or bottle feeding,
newborn development, settling and sleeping, babywearing, baby massage, postnatal nutrition, including shopping for and preparing nutritious meals in your home (Ayurvedic, Chinese, or Western), if desired, and birth debriefing. I can also assist with light cleaning and laundry, look after the baby while you rest/sleep and provide referrals to various professionals if needed.

**For postnatal doula clients, I offer my other services at reduced rates.
Other Skills
To enhance the support I offer, I have taken courses and/or done additional research in the following areas: active birth, acupressure, aromatherapy, attachment parenting, breastfeeding, homeopathy for the perinatal period, optimal foetal positioning and pelvic dynamics, patients rights in Victoria, perinatal nutrition, rebozo work, Spinning Babies work and more. I also speak Spanish and bring a broad, multicultural perspective to my work based on my experience living and working in seven different countries.
Date Updated
2017/03/15