When my husband and I discovered we were pregnant with our second child, we knew we needed a doula. Our first child’s birth did not go to plan due to the cascade of interventions and was quite traumatic. I felt that if I had an advocate this time around, that I would get the best birth possible. This was definitely the case with Trish on board.
Trish was exactly the doula I needed. In our prenatal meetings, she was funny and down to Earth, but also obviously passionate and forthright. Her experience shone through and I immediately felt I could trust her. I knew I needed somebody who could stand up for me if required, and it was obvious that Trish would be able to do so.
In labour, I felt empowered by both her presence and our preparation. My plan was to have a drug free, unassisted birth, and with her calm strength, as well as the hospital’s excellent midwives and my fantastic husband all supporting me, I was able to achieve that. On top of that, Trish took some amazing photos, documenting the birth of our second son.
I believe all women need a doula as a support person and advocate during childbirth. Trish is a fantastic doula and I would definitely recommend her to other mothers-to-be.
Helen, Shane and Baby Gabriel – November 2012
I would like to use this opportunity to thank you for all your support and help during my pregnancy, labour and postpartum.
Having you by my side during the labour was so reassuring. I knew I could switch of my mind and concentrate on the work I had to do knowing that you are there to advocate my believes to the hospital staff. It also allowed my husband to just be with me instead of being overwhelmed by all things medical.
Your words of encouragement gave me strength when I though I was running out of it. And your calm state of mind reassured me that what was happening was normal even though it was all so new.
I am truly blessed because I’ve got to welcome my son into this world in the way I always dreamed of – a perfect waterbirth! And you played a huge part in it! It was truly the most amazing experience of my life that I will always cherish.
I wish all women had the chance to experience birth with the support of a doula.
Thank you for all the work you do.
PS. Thank you for the awesome photos!
Maria, Stewart and Baby Michael – October 2012
My Thanks …
When I fell pregnant this time around, I knew immediately that I wanted some extra support, I had thought about a doula when I was pregnant with my 2nd child, but never really looked into it, and also I was going Public this time after 2 Private births I was also heading into the unknown with how the system worked, so when I got to about 20 weeks I started on my search for a Doula.
I found Trish and made contact to see what it really was all about.
Immediately I felt so comfortable with Trish, she was so lovely and had so much info and support to give, even though this wasn’t my first there were things that I hadn’t considered such as cord clamping, different birth positions etc.
I thought that my fiancé wouldn’t been too keen on the idea, but seeing as he isn’t keen on the whole labour & delivery thing, he thought it would be a good option for both of us, in hindsight it turned out as the BEST option for me, as my fiancé was interstate when I went into Labour and had our son.
Every meeting that I had with Trish, she listened to my concerns, fears and feelings about the Labour & Birth and was so generous with her time and knowledge, often texting and emailing me just to see how things were and if I was ok!
Trish and I were joking the week that I went into Labour that I had to wait until the Saturday as that would be when my fiancé would be home and plus we both had a busy week with kids stuff at school, so considering that’s when we wanted it to happen, that’s when it wasn’t going to happen.
I waved goodbye to my fiancé on 2am Wednesday morning, I had my first contraction 2am Thursday morning !
I waited for about ½ hour to see if this was the real deal before calling Trish, sure enough it was the real deal.
Trish immediately had me calm but knowing that I was home on my own with my 2 other kids, she made her way over and before I knew it she was here talking me through each contraction and timing them on my iphone.
This was it and Trish was running solo here, my one and only support!
Trish and I had put together a Birth Plan, and of course I forgot to pack it in my bag so on making our way to the Birth Unit in between contractions we ran thought it one last time, but Trish knew exactly what I did and didn’t want I think she was just trying to get my mind off the contractions J
Once things got going Trish was there every second, every time I opened my eyes from a contraction she had re assuring words or my water or she was keeping my fiance updated with how things were progressing.
Trish was amazing especially towards the end when I was getting quite upset that my fiacnce wasn’t there to share this special moment. She kept me in focus and also captured some very treasured photo’s of the birth (how she managed this I still do not know and it felt like she was right next to me the whole time!)
Although this was my last baby I have no hesitation recommending Trish to anyone and everyone that is pregnant, I cannot honestly express my extreme thanks for everything and look forward to keeping in touch!
Sam & Baby Ryan – 9th August 2012
The very stressful birth of my first child made me realize the importance of having a good support team during birth. Both my husband and I had no idea what to expect with the birth of our first child. We arrived too early to hospital where I spent three days stuck in a hospital bed. The medical staff induced the labor on the last day as per protocol and I spent the rest of the birth on my back with epidural anesthesia, wires and drips hanging off of me. I felt like I didn’t have a voice or a say in what was being done.
For our second child I knew we had to try a doula and Trish was fantastic! On our first meeting she introduced us to what to expect and gave tips on good positions to try pre-birth to allow the baby into the best position. During the days of early labor she encouraged my husband and I to stay at home and even visited us several times when I started freaking out. It was reassuring to have someone that knew what I was experiencing and could tell me when it was the best time to go to hospital.
It was great having her calming, non-intrusive presence there for the birth of our child. I felt at ease, comfortable and her advice and support kept me going on when I felt like quitting. I finally felt like I had a voice as she liaised with staff and made sure my birth plan and wishes were being followed.
She helped my husband to be the best support person ever and her photography skills also came in very handy. I am so happy to have had my dream natural birthing experience thanks to Trish!
My husband and I definitely recommend having Trish as your doula for the best birthing experience you can have.
- Tom, Sandy & Baby Thorn, June 2012
Steve and I would like to say a big Thank you for all of your support and for everything you did in helping me achieve my VBAC. You helped me to feel confident in my decisions and your presence during my labour helped me to stay somewhat calm and focused!
I would not hesitate to recommend a doula to any pregnant friend!
Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.
- Di, Steve, Amelie and Baby Seth, December 2011
As first time parents, neither of us were prepared, nor knew what to expect during the pregnancy, birth and what changes a baby was going to bring to our lives. Trisha Cook from Norwest Doula Services supported Scott and I, during this special time in our lives.
Trisha made us feel more relaxed and comfortable about our pregnancy and the birth process from our very first meeting with her. Providing us with information, Trisha educated us and offered her advice whenever we had questions; therefore empowering us to make informed decisions throughout the pregnancy and birth process.
From the time we engaged Trisha, she always made herself available, regardless of the time. This put our minds at ease; especially when my water had broken at midnight, and I was able to speak with Trisha to get her advice on what our next step should be. As soon as we felt we needed Trisha’s support, she came to our house without hesitation, and followed us to the hospital when I felt it was time to go.
Once at the hospital, Trisha supported me by helping me breathe through my contractions whilst being an emotional support to Scott who was finding it difficult to watch me go through the pain of the contractions.
Now months on, Trisha continues to check in on our family to see how we all are. It is not often one can say they form a friendship from what was a professional relationship, however in this case Trisha is considered our friend and in many respects like a family member.
It was fantastic having that extra support which gave us greater peace of mind. It was also even more reassuring knowing that Trisha dedicated her time specifically to us, blocking out her diary two weeks either side of our due date.
Having Trisha present for the birth of our beautiful baby girl Isla will remain a positive experience for us always. We have no hesitation in recommending Trisha to our family, friends or any expecting family who want to be better educated and have the warmth and support that only Trisha can provide.
We can’t thank Trisha enough for all she has done for each of us and as a family. When Scott and I decide to have another child we will be giving Trisha a call to engage her services to be there for us once again.
- Stace, Scott & Baby Isla, June 2011
Perfect and to the plan are words that generally don’t go hand in hand with birth, especially the first time round, but this is what we achieved with your help.
We want to thank you so much for everything you have done for us. From the first meeting you listened, you guided and you helped us understand what we needed to do to have our ideal birth.
Without your wisdom, information, network of contacts and general calm amazing attitude towards birth things would have been completely different.
There are many times myself and Igor could have panicked and changed the experience, but your rock solid calmness and amazing strength kept us going, you were so reassuring, whenever I needed you, you were there and a few tiny words or a look of reassurance was all I needed to jeep focussed.
You are amazing!
Even Kitty the midwife gave us 100/100, so you can’t get better than that!
Thank you, thank you, thank you again!
- Jess, Igor & Baby Levi, September, 2010
Words cannot express just how grateful we are for all of the love, support and care you have shown us during this special journey.
Thank you for your guidance, information, openness as well as your wonderful calming presence.
We are here because of the path you walked with us.
- Shell, Steve & Baby Elijah – August 2010
Successful VBAC thanks to Trisha
Through whole of my pregnancy, I was tossing up whether I will try vbac for my second child or not. Sometimes I was reading too much failed vbac storires and I could not sleep properly. Around 35weeks I needed to make a decision and it was : if the contraction comes naturally before my due date I will try vbac otherwise c-section on my due date as my first child was big and I scared of rupture. With this decision I looked for the doula and Trisha replied my e-mail with lots of supportive comments and questions. It was nearly at 37weeks of my pregnancy by the time I met Trisha and I didn’t look back. With Trisha’s support, I cancelled my c-section and just waited my little girl’s chosen birthdates.(Thanks to Trisha my little girl has wonderful birthdates which is 02/02/2010 )
My labour (include pre-labour) was 3 days long and Trisha was so supportive though those days. She end up staying in hospital with us more than 27hours until my daughter’s birth. On all those up and downs moment, Trisha whispered encouragement comments on my ear and I could keep going. Earnestly, without her support I would have easily went for c-section. For such a long hours Trisha was there and she was my solid rock. She knew what to do on every stage and had so much information about hospital and every procedure, I felt so secured and didn’t have to worry about anything else and but just focus on my labour. I still treasure the memory of her offering me water with straw whenever I was thirsty and caring me so well after birth until everything is well settled…
She was more than my mom or sister.
My husband and I know that without Trisha I couldn’t do the VBAC. I couldn’t say enough thanks to her.. She gave me a confidence and wonderful memory of birth. My husband later told me that if we knew Trisha before, we could have a different birth story of our first child. (He was dubious to have a doula but end up having so much help from her during my labour).
Trisha, again and again thank you…. All the best for you.
- Jae, Shane and Baby Annie – February 2010
Being pregnant for the first time and living overseas it was not a difficult decision to make, to return to Australia for the birth. I sought out a Doula as I had read positive reviews on having a dedicated female support person throughout the birth. More importantly my husband may not be present depending upon when our baby arrived – as it was he had to head back overseas before she was born!
Even from initial contact via email I knew Trish had the right personality fit. When we finally met, I found her friendly, informative and supportive of whatever birth plan I wanted. Perfect! J I ended up 2 weeks overdue in the middle of a hot summer and Trish kept me laughing with messages of encouragement right up to the big day.
During labour she liaised with hospital staff, whispered encouragement in my ear when I was not coping with the pain and kept me focused and comfortable. I had chosen a drug-free birth and managed to do this until we discovered my baby was not moving down the birth canal. Despite the birth of my baby girl not going to “plan” it was a relief to have Trish’s constant support. Her follow-up after the birth was wonderful and I will treasure the day my daughter was born forever. I have some great memories. Thanks Trish!
- Angela & Baby Hannah – January 2010
I sought out a doula because I knew they were associated with less need for medical intervention, as I had experienced an emergency c-section with a general anaesthetic, after induction with my first daughter seven years ago.
I decided to give Trish a call as she not only had an interest in VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean), but personal experience. When I first met Trish, I decided not to interview any other doulas (as I had planned to), because she was so supportive, knowledgeable, and has a great sense of humour (always an important quality to me).
The resources she provides, both books and DVDs, are invaluable if you want a more positive birth experience. I found the DVD images and the literature helped to ingrain what I wanted even more into my mind.
On the day I went into labour, I spoke to Trish a couple of times and she provided her usual information and encouragement. The labour progressed so rapidly, we ended up meeting her at the hospital, not at home as we had originally planned! Everything was so positive, Trish was a great advocate, and I ended up having a VBAC . Despite a haemorrhage after the birth and needing to be observed for a day, my husband and I were both on such a high afterwards. I was able to hold my new daughter and breastfeed immediately, which I had missed out on first time around.
Having Trish there allowed us to relax and feel well-informed. We will treasure this day forever, and have great memories of the birth. She also took some fantastic photos.
Thank you Trish, for sharing one of life’s great experiences with us.
- Kim & Baby Alanna – November 2009
When I discovered I was pregnant I knew I wanted another support person at the birth as well as my husband. At the time I didn’t know what a doula was but I knew I wanted someone at the birth who was there to advocate my birth plan and to support and encourage me. Although I knew my husband would be a fantastic support I also wanted a woman who could relate to childbirth to be there. We found that person in Trisha. After interviewing 3 doulas, my husband and I decided on Trisha. Trisha met with us several times before the birth and made sure we had all the information we required. She was always very professional yet friendly and available to contact by phone or email if we had any questions.
On the day of the birth of our son Kobi, Trisha met us at the hospital when I had begun active labour. She liaised with hospital staff in the background and I was encouraged when Trisha told me that we had a midwife who fully advocated my birth plan. Trisha was calm and encouraging as my labour progressed but the true test came when my second stage became very lengthy. My ideal labour began to go off track but I had to make decisions that were best for me and my baby. Trisha was there to reassure me that I was making the right decisions then to give me the encouragement I needed to see it through. The end result was a gorgeous baby boy that my husband and I could not be any prouder of. Having a doula at the birth was invaluable! I was able to birth a healthy 5kg boy without pain relief. Things may have turned out very differently if Trisha hadn’t been there. It may have not all gone to plan but it was the best birth possible considering the circumstances.
- Doniella, Nui & Baby Kobi – October 2009
For my husband and I, Trish’s doula services were extremely valuable during my pregnancy and my birth. It meant we had peace of mind throughout the whole process.
Peace of mind, in that:
· All our questions were discussed in detail;
· Trish gave us a huge amount of resources to read, watch and listen to (this is fantastic!)
· We could make our own decisions and Trish would support us with whatever those were; and
· Importantly, if things changed in the hospital and weren’t going to plan, Trish was there to discuss all of our options with us so that we could then make an informed decision.
For us, this was just what we wanted.
With Trish’s help we were able to educate ourselves on the pregnancy and the birth and put together a birth plan that outlined the birth I wanted to have and was looking forward to having.
The resource’s Trish provides, I believe, is a must for all expecting mums. The hospital and medical staff only tell you a very small amount of this information, when really there is just so much more available to women that they should all know about.
Lastly, another great thing about the birth was, Trish was also there to take photos (during and after the birth), this was great, because we wouldn’t have these if it weren’t for her.
We thank you for everything Trish!
Kylie, Deeb & Baby Beau – September 2009
I was privileged enough to have Trish as my doula for the pregnancy and birth of our 2nd child.
Throughout the pregnancy Trish was very supportive and very informative. She always had an answer to my questions and was always there to ease any worries I had. With my first child I ended up with an epidural but this time I was determined to have a drug free birth. Trish was aware of this and was a great help in getting me to think positive. She gave me calm birthing CD’s and DVD’s to listen to and watch and always reminded me that I would be able to do it. This helped me keep a positive view on the upcoming birth.
My birth was short and I progressed very quickly. Due to this Trish arrived as I started the pushing stage. I found this stage very hard and draining but each time I felt I couldn’t do it anymore Trish would whisper into my ear that I was doing a fantastic job and that I can do it. This gave me extra strength and motivation to keep going. After all there was no turning back. When talking to my husband about the birth experience he told me that he was very relieved when Trish entered the labour room. She took the pressure off from my husband which he said made him feel a lot more relaxed and gave him the opportunity to recharge, therefore enjoying the experience a lot more. He even managed to video the birth.
Trish is kind, loving, professional, compassionate, informative, funny and loyal amongst many more attributes and I couldn’t recommend her Doula Services highly enough. I am very grateful to of had Trish as my doula because I believe she was a big part in making me achieve the birth I wanted.
Thank you so much Trish!
-Nadine & Baby Mia – August 2009
After feeling very unsupported in hospital after the birth of our twins in 2004, I felt that a Doula was a great option for me to feel more ‘empowered’ with this birth. Trish was great – we met & clicked. She was very helpful with lots of reading material & very supportive of our birth choices. We worked out a great birth plan (which included what we wanted if an emergency c/s was needed) & felt confident about trying for a VBAC. My husband, I must say, was a bit sceptical about using a Doula but he told me after the birth that he was glad Trish was there to support both of us when I had to have an emergency c-section. Trish was great – she helped me enormously during the labour before the c-section & was there during the procedure. She took some fabulous photos which allowed my husband to participate more during the birth. Having Trish there also helped in that I had an advocate to speak out about our birth plan (I was a little preoccupied!) & even though I had a c/s we got the delayed cord clamping that we wanted.
I am happy to say that, even with an emergency c/s, the birth was a positive experience & I know that having Trish with us this time round made all the difference for me. I definitely feel that hiring a Doula and working with her to research options for this birth has helped me deal with the trauma of my first birth & I feel that I now have ‘closure’ about that whole birth experience
We would totally recommend Trish – she is very open to what you need and fully supports the birth you want. She put up with me & my 4 nights of pre-labour before the main event & for that she deserves a medal!
- Colleen, Darin & Baby Henry – June 2009
When my wife Ruth first told me that she wanted a Doula I thought the idea was a bit over the top. I said to her that it seems like a big waste of money and I was a bit unsure about it all as we had plenty of books on pregnancy.
But our Doula Trish Cook turned out to be very helpful and supportive with her vast knowledge and experience. She made us feel comfortable. It appeared to me that Trish was really passionate about being a Doula; the way she acted showed that she loved what she was doing. I felt a trust in her.
Our son James was posterior (facing the wrong way) during the pre labour and birth. Ruth and I had been awake for three days straight during that time. I was so tired.
Trish was very reassuring and positive keeping Ruth upbeat through her painful experience.
Trish was there to support us as soon as we needed her (during those long tiring nights and days).She is a person that gives more!
If you’re pregnant and considering a Doula I highly recommend that you get Trish Cook, her service is invaluable; she is professional, committed, passionate about her role, and she is also funny and friendly.
The moments and emotion that Trish captured with her camera were also really great, something we can keep forever.
Along with the consultations during the pregnancy and attending the birth Trish also provided follow up advice with the episiotomy and massage during the birth.
After the experience of the birth and the support Trish provided, I am now very grateful and happy that my wife suggested getting a Doula.
- Jonathan, Ruth & Baby James – October 2008
I had a fairly long and traumatic induced birth with my first child. With this pregnancy, I decided that I wanted to have more support and definitely a different, more positive birth experience. A doula fit that job description for us. Trish and I met late in my pregnancy, and we got along well straight away. Trisha could not have done a better job in giving me and my husband the support, information and knowledge we needed to bring our little man into the world the way we wanted.
After a fairly long pre-labour, with many words of encouragement and support from Trish, I went into labour and did it all naturally, just as I had wanted. Of course with the wonderful support and encouragement of Trish, and my hubby, it all went exactly as I had planned and our little man was born in no time! My second birth was exactly what I wanted and it was all with Trish by my side.
My heartfelt thanks go out to her.
- Kellie & Baby Liam – August 2008
Being a male, we tend to not ask for help as often as we should. To my wife’s credit, she sought out a Doula, and found Trish.
At first I was somewhat blasé about the whole Doula thing. But seeing my wife happy and how interacting with Trish made her happy, and Trish’s kind and friendly nature changed all that.
Trish made my time in the labour ward for the second time a much more enjoyable experience. Trish looked after my wants and needs, which enabled me to really enjoy the whole birth experience. Trish was someone to talk to when my wife chose not to during labour.
Her support and knowledge was by far beneficial and I would insist on all guys to support their partners in choosing Trish as their Doula.
- Damien, August 2008
After traumatic births with my first two boys, and having a gap of 8 years since my last pregnancy, giving birth was a very scary thought for both my husband and I. I wasn’t really sure if having someone else in with me for this birth was something I was going to be comfortable with or if my husband would feel like he was being replaced. But he was fine with it and I think a little relieved, and the more I thought about it the more it made sense to have the support of someone who wasn’t emotionally involved but would support my choices. Well a BIG THANKS to Trisha Cook at Norwest Doula Services because the birth of our third boy Jesse, was amazing, just to have someone there giving me encouragement when I needed it, letting my husband know when I needed his hand to “hold” and making sure all my wishes were carried out, made this birth the beautiful experience I had hoped for, and the photos she took are something we will treasure forever.
-Donna & Baby Jesse – June 2008
Many thanks to Trisha Cook at Norwest Doula Services; she did a fantastic job in carrying out my birthing plan to ensure I had the birth I had wished for. Trisha made sure I was well looked after, keeping up my fluid intake and making sure I was breathing through my contractions as well as many other things.
My partner and I both feel she was a great asset to have at the birth of our son Logan and will be making sure she is at the next one.
- Simone & Baby Logan – March 2007
I was really amazed at how much Trish knew, she supported Simone throughout her labour and she knew all the right things to do at all the right moments. She was very calm and professional and she helped us to feel more relaxed, I would recommend Trish to anyone else, she was great.
- Martin, March 2007