Hello beautiful mamas AND loving daddies!
"I am continuously humbled by every mama and family I meet as they honour me with their love and strength when they allow me to be a part of their birth story."
A wife and mother of three, my interest in birth began when I attempted to advocate for my own positive birth with my gynae back in 2010 and I was told, "No need lah!" Beginning with an uncomfortable enema, to an episiotomy which I had no clue about and continuing with my struggle with breastfeeding my firstborn, I walked away thinking that this was the only way to birth.
Thankfully, I experienced having a supportive (and different) gynae along with an awesome midwife when delivering my second child - which made all the difference. I was moving, had an active labour and birthed my whopping 4kg baby with no tears. This event restored my confidence in my body and the belief that birth is indeed a natural event - your body knows what it's doing, it just needs to be given the time and space to do it. With my background in sports physiology, I am always in awe and wonder of the human body - in particular, the way the female anatomy is built for birth.
My personal belief is that there is no right or wrong way to birth - there is only your way where you feel most comfortable, safe and supported, free of judgements. Your birth story is sacred to you and yours to tell for generations to come.
As your doula, I promise to empower you (and your partner), to help find your inner voice, and most importantly, hold space for you so that you can find your own rhythm and to attain the birth that feels right for you. I will not only listen to your anxieties and fears but will be there for you through the uncertainty.
Birth is not only life-changing because you are bringing another life into the world, but it can also lead to a journey of self-discovery, affirmation and the unraveling of strength that you may have never known you possessed.
If this connects with you, pick up the phone and let's chat - no obligations! Doula’s honour! Use me as your soundboard and if all goes well, let's do-lah!
Why Just Do Lah?
It takes a village and a whole lot of love
Choosing a name for my own doula services was a toughie. My hope was to have a name which represented the support and commitment to the families whom I serve whilst having a tinge of character. I have always been surrounded and inspired by women of strength and spunk (with a touch of sass) who have had positive, gentle births.
A close mama friend then, one day, said to me, "Jamie, you don't ever try, you just do whatever needs to be done. That's always your promise to those around you." And just like that, because I didn't want to face a slew of law suits from a popular sports brand with almost the same slogan, Just Do Lah was born (see what I did there?).
We are all familiar with the Singlish term "Lah". Being bred and raised in Singapore, I felt it was a fun, brief representation of who I am and the community I serve. Moreover, I've always felt that the strength of our little island with its melting pot of various cultures and religions lies in being able to support anyone - regardless of language, race or religion. Synonymously, I am here to serve and support families from all walks of life and whatever the decision you make.
Just Do Lah is just that: my commitment to support you and be there for you and your partner, working together with your village and the community we're in, to achieve the birth you want, with some spunk and fun along the way.
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