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Passionate Births

Certified in 2009, WOMBS Doula Virginia Oosthuizen – birth support through labour and beyond – Pietermaritzburg, KZN

About Me

I am passionate about births…

I am living my dream while working with mums and babies. I see mums when they are 34 weeks pregnant and then go to their homes once they go into labour. I stay for the full duration of the labour and after the birth I assist them with breast feeding. I do another visit after the birth to see that all is well and to help where I can. Mums are always welcome to call me in the event that they have any questions, whether before or after the birth. I am passionate about my work as a doula and I care and love all the families with which I work. Once you have been present at a birth you feel part of the family and it’s wonderful to hear news of the new baby’s life as he or she grows.

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Passionate Births Services

Antenatal Classes

Classes to be held every month. A full day on a Saturday. Individual classes to suit couples. Classes are small and intimate.

Post Partum Doula Support

From birth.

Birth Doula Support

Continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to women.

Doula Packages

Click here to download the doula package which has information involving the services, limits, and fees. 

R5180 full package • R2500 deposit • R450 package hour 

Breast Feeding

Preparation and breast feeding advise, milk supply and feeding.

birth pool hire - passionate births

Birth Pool Hire

I own 2 birth pools they are “Birth Pool in a Box” from the UK.

Fee: R3 000.00 for 2 weeks on either side of your due date. You will need your own plastic sheeting for your liner which is available at any Build It or hardware store.
Regular and a mini.

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Happy Clients

To all expecting parents

Ginny entered our lives 6 months into Hayley’s pregnancy. She added the dimension of listening, understanding, and supporting our needs which we hadn’t experienced with the people we had dealt with until then.

Like a breath of fresh air, Ginny listed and understood our needs and offered unbiased advice and information related to the various aspects of pregnancy and birth. More importantly Ginny supported Hayley in her decision and provided valuable input into those decisions rather than just trying to change her mind with negatives.

As a doula, Ginny was always on hand to show support, be a source of information and give insight on the pregnancy and birthing process. As time to the birth day wound down and the nerves began to show, Ginny calmed those nerves and put everything into perspective.

As first-time parents we were nervous with anticipation, Ginny put a calm order on proceedings and made the process of going to the hospital and going through the initial stages of labour relaxed and pleasant.

During labour it was great to have someone there with you that you know, trust and have personal rapport with to explain all the equipment, monitors and processes leading up to the birth. Ginny offered the personal touch, emotional support and understanding which took the stress and the unknown out of giving birth.

As an expecting father, I didn’t feel that involved in the early stages of pregnancy. When Ginny came around I stopped feeling like a spare wheel and got more involved and thoroughly enjoyed the remainder of the pregnancy and the birth of our son.

Having a doula during pregnancy and for the birth of our son, Aiden was the best decision we made. It puts the process into perspective and took the uncertainty out of becoming a parent. Ginny added her personal touch to our lives and even though Hayley had a difficult deliver, it made the experience for both of us a pleasure and we were able to treasure that very special moment when Aiden was born.

After Aiden was born, it was great to have Ginny’s wealth of knowledge on hand to show us how to do nappy changes, bathing, breastfeeding, and burping properly. It made those first 2 weeks of having a newborn at home seem a lot easier.

Looking back, a Doula is a support system for expecting parents. We got unbiased, insightful, and sensitive support that catered for our needs and made the road to the birth of our child a pleasant and very rewarding experience. Ginny’s personal touch and enthusiasm was a welcome change to the service we had experience and we highly recommend that any expecting parents make use of Ginny.

Best Wishes,
Hayley, Al and Aiden.

Passionate Births Testimonial

Dear Ginny. I just want to say thank you so much for all you have done for Tess and Davey, and their darling little Alasdair. They have both said they could never have done it without you. I so appreciated knowing that there was somebody looking after my precious daughter as she gave birth to the most perfect little baby ever. You are an absolute angel and from one Mum, to another Mum, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope I get to meet you sometime. Take care. Love Belinda xxx

Tillia’s birth I have had the privilege of being the doula for Tillia & Dave Wigley. For me Tillia is a special person for she is blind. How much more difficult is it to bring a child into the world with a sight impediment.  Think about it! everything has to be done by touch and feel. But after seeing her excitement and joy on her face during her natural unmediated birth and Dave’s loving care I know they will be able to cope as well if not better than those of us that can see.  I must not forget Dale ( her guide dog)who was present throughout the labour and birth and who continues to be in her ward at our Life Hilton Hospital. Tillia’s determination and courage gets her to places most people never reach!

Dearest Ginny,

Where do we start? Our birth was not an easy one but we cannot imagine how traumatic it would have been without you there! Having you there beside us every step of the way (for 19 hours!) was essential and so special. Your expertise and experience with all things labour meant that we could focus on what we needed to do: me, give birth and James, support me. You were the perfect combination of assertive and respectful and you guided us through the process with ease. You had such a calming presence and it was so reassuring having you support me through each contraction. You were able to offer me assistance that James didn’t know how to give and I know he was so grateful that you took that off him. You not only assisted me in staying relaxed but you helped James calm down and stay regulated as well. Your availability to us from weeks before labour and constant check-ins meant that we felt supported way before labour began. I always felt that I could phone or message you at any time before and after the birth for guidance and information. You were a star, Gin. Thank you!

Lots of love,

Ali and James

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