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Freedom Births

With you every step of the way... Based in Stratford, Services Taranaki Wide

Carol Burroughs established Freedom Births in 2017.

Carol became a certified Doula in early 2017 and has completed further training in Māori cultural birthing practices, breast-feeding support, perinatal mental health and holistic support therapies. She is always looking for further opportunities to learn about how she can support her clients and their partners.

Carol has extensive personal experience in childbirth. Having birthed eight children of her own children (one induced birth, one water birth, a home birth and several natural hospital births).


Carol’s passion as a Doula
You will feel supported, empowered, and accomplished because together we’ve practiced breathing, rebozo techniques, relaxing, movement, and voice together.
You experience total commitment from me; an experience where you are honored, and respected in a time of vulnerability. Where our relationship is honored & valued due to time spent together beforehand, building trust and connection.
Your partner also feels empowered, part of the birth, and supported, able to help and enter your birth space if he wants to.
I’m looking for individuals who want to go beyond finding out just the facts of labour but are willing to put their time, effort & passion into preparing for their birth.
Is this you? I would love to hear from you.


Birthing with Passion Classes
I am excited to see women birthing connecting with their passions as a way to keep oxytocin and endorphins flowing – and as such I run Birthing with Passion classes throughout Taranaki


What is a Doula?
The word ‘Doula’ is a Greek word meaning ‘woman servant or caregiver’. Someone who offers emotional and physical support to a woman and her partner before, during and after childbirth. She enables a woman and her partner to have the most satisfying birth experience possible, from pregnancy and into motherhood. This type of support allows the whole family to relax and enjoy the experience too.

Studies consistently demonstrate very impressive benefits for the mother, father and baby, including:

  • Reduction in the use of forceps and vacuum
  • Fewer requests for epidurals and reduction in use of pain medication.
  • Reduction in the use of synthetic oxytocin for inductions or augmentations
  • Reduction in labour length and fewer caeserian sections.
  • Increased rates of breastfeeding at 6 weeks post-partum
  • Higher self-esteem, less anxiety and less depression at 6 weeks post-partum​

A Doula does not replace a midwife or perform any medical tasks, but complements and works with medical staff.


Based in Stratford, Services Taranaki Wide

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