“The moment I met Rosalia I had the overwhelming desire to crawl into her arms like a child. Rosalia is naturally maternal and her strength and kindness bubble from her , along with her infectious laughter.
Throughout my two natural water births with Rosalia and Sue King I felt strong and completely capable. Rosalia knew exactly what to do and I felt protected and loved throughout the whole experience.
Rosalia is an Angel and I couldn’t be more grateful for this beautiful human that helped me with the birth of my children.
Anyone who gets to have Rosalia with them at the birth of their child is truly blessed.”
Regina and Stefan Oberholzer
“Rosalia helped me to understand how to support my wife while giving birth and I really enjoyed the classes.”
“Our birth experience with Rosalia as our doula was absolutely amazing. The pre-birth classes really helped us to feel more prepared even though it was our second baby. She also helped me work through my previous bad birth experience and this really helped me go into the birth of my baby with an open heart and no stress. I will always be thankful for all the love and support I experienced with Rosalia as our doula.”
“Lia was present at my home birth as a doula in January 2012. My daughter Tallulah was born quickly and without much hassle.
Lia has a very comforting presence. She held my hand through the process and it felt as if my mother was there with me.
I would recommend to get a doula for your natural birth. They give such incredible emotional support, that cannot be overestimated. And Lia is one of the best.”
Terri Rankin Pietersen
“Even when you know what to expect, you really don’t know what to expect… first baby and is it game on or is it a false alarm? Being my first I was not always sure. So who do you call? Ghostbusters? No Lia! That’s who you call.
I was privileged to have done doula training with Lia prior to her being my actual doula and her being by my side when my husband was clueless made things so much easier for me. Her calmness and sure unwavering knowledge before and during labor was a comfort on every level. Our birth plan did not go to plan for a water birth but ended in c-section, which had been our greatest fear but thanks to Lia we had worked through that fear before the day and when it happened, even though I was scared, I was calm and knew we were in the best hands. She was a light shining at the end of the path for us and took the most amazing pictures of the arrival of our angel Peyton for us, which we are forever grateful for.
Lia has become a friend over the years and she is a very special and valuable one at that. Whether you are learning from her or receiving her never ending love, care and assistance you are in the best and most capable hands.”
“I met Rosalia at a time when I was pregnant and I felt lost, broken and needed to reconnect within myself. I was working in the corporate sector and felt trapped in a rat race. My first birthing experience was horrible. I didn’t know much and was given an unwanted C-section. I wanted a different birthing experience this time.
With Lia’s loving support and guidance I learnt to trust myself and to trust my body to guide me in my birthing process. Having done VBAC herself gave me the confidence that she will understand what I was going through.
My husband and I did her classes and I had one on one sessions with her also. Lia’s compassion and larger than life presence, immediately gave me comfort. It was the most amazing experience of my life when I brought forth my second healthy baby boy in the world. I cried tears of joy and gratitude.”
“I met Rosalia in strange circumstances. At 26 weeks I found out the heartbreaking news that my baby was no longer alive and I chose to have a homebirth. I was not ready to let go and wanted to take the time to grieve and have my baby at home.
Our dearly departed friend and my midwife Sue King and Rosalia my doula assisted me. I never could have done it without their loving nurturing help through it. I still cherish every second of encouragement and loving arms and words and would do it again if I could choose to. Rosalia is still my very best and cherished friend and I would recommend her any time. She is a born midwife and I feel very blessed that she and Sue were with me on the path I’d chosen. Thanks Again for all that you and Sue have done to help and console me on that very Special day. Love you Lots Lia!”
‘The birth of my second son Shahil was an incredible experience. I was most fortunate to have the late Sue King as my midwife and Rosalia Pihlajasaari as my doula. I took the decision to have a natural birth for Shahil. My elder son was delivered via C – Section and it just didn’t feel right. I was also unable to breastfeed after the C – section. I felt positive from the very first time that I met Sue and Rosalia. As a doula Rosalia was present during all routine check ups from the early stages in the pregnancy. She answered questions, gave tips and cleared many doubts.
The actual birth was most empowering. Rosalia was there every step of the way. She showed me how to breathe correctly through every contraction. She gave me massages and made sure the bath water was at the right temperature. They made occasional jokes. We all laughed. The entire birth progressed very smoothly.
The after birth support from Rosalia was really great. She ensured that the baby was latched a few minutes after being born. She followed up with a home visit. She gave lots of advice on breastfeeding and baby care.
I think that doulas play a great role in supporting and empowering a mother during the birth process. With Rosalia I was in good hands.”
Samantha and Gary Kirwan
“Rosalia helped to guide us towards the birth that we most wanted. Her Birthing from Within classes were so special; providing us with a full toolbox of coping techniques – some of which I couldn’t have birthed my second child without! Not to be missed.”
“Rosalia’s caring, love, intuition and support is something that is in her innate being. She is an all round amazing spirit and we are so thankful that she was our birthing guru. We recommend her and her classes to everyone.”
Ena Du Plessis
“The late paediatrician and infant bonding advocate Dr John H. Kennell was quoted saying, “If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.” Having experienced Rosalia’s incredible support at the birth of my second child, I fully agree. Even though the labour was painful and challenging, I did not even consider asking for medication, as Rosalia guided me through each and every contraction. She not only instructed me how to breathe – she literally breathed and grunted with me. She also saw to it that the birthing environment was exactly as I had wished that it would be. Her presence, her support, and her confidence in me played a huge part in creating an unforgettable, empowering, and healing birth experience. It was a gentle VBAC without any medical intervention – a prayer answered and a dream come true.”
Dr Nicholas Neaves in loving memory of Alicia Neaves
“Dear Lia, your warmth, skill and grace brought my girls into this world.
Your guidance and strength I will never forget.
Thank you for your ongoing friendship and love as the girls get bigger.”
“Lia was like an angel sent to me. Perfectly sent and placed in my path to guide me through my first birth.
She made me believe in myself and my body!
At 40 weeks, unfortunately my midwife had to go overseas and thankfully I had Lia by my side. She kept me calm and arranged everything for me to find me a backup midwife.
The birth of our first son was the most incredible, spiritual journey I have ever had in my life. I remember the days after his birth so fondly. And how Lia came all the way out to my house (far out of her way) to help me with breastfeeding, and check our beautiful boy. Those memories will stay with me forever.
I have subsequently had two more boys after this, at which time sadly (for me) Lia had already moved to Finland. I can say for sure that no Doula can compare to Lia!
Lia, you have a gift, a god given talent and every woman that has you by their side during their births should consider herself blessed!”
Dr Siobhan Wilcox and Dr Marius De Wet
“Your involvement in both of our births was wonderful.
Lots of love and gentleness.
A sense of humour and motherliness.
I really felt completely comfortable knowing that you fully understood what I needed and you held the space for me with grace and ease.”
Janie and Ruaan Du Plessis
“When we found out we were pregnant with twins, we were ecstatic!! It was a looooong awaited dream come true…
My then gynaecologist immediately told us (at 10 weeks) that the c-section will take place at 37 weeks, because the twins will then be full term.
I was extremely upset, because I’ve always wanted a natural birth with my babies choosing their own birthday.
Our birth journey thus begun… I contacted numerous gynaecologists and birthing centres throughout Gauteng, South Africa, searching for somebody willing to take us on and giving us a chance to have a natural and non-interference pregnancy, only to be turned away, because giving birth to twins naturally is not common or normal practise due to the “apparent” high risk.
But I had a dream of having a healthy full term pregnancy (38 weeks +) with big healthy babies and a natural non-medicated water birth.
We found our dream team when I was 22 weeks pregnant! The midwife and her doula were open-minded ladies and so supportive and positive about this pregnancy, that they took us on even though we were over the halfway mark! Sue King and Rosalia were a formidable team! My husband and I went to Rosalia’s Birthing From Within antenatal classes, which were very informative.
My baby boys decided to wait until 39 weeks and 6 days, before my water broke. We were in our dream space in a huge birthing pool, chewing on ice chips which Rosalia provided non-stop.
Her constant and loving guidance were a wonderful asset, providing us with great support throughout the 14 hour+ labour.
Although we ended up with an emergency c-section, Rosalia and Sue never left our side. They cried with us and hold us both and visit us at every opportunity during our stay at Genesis Clinic.
Our boys were born at exactly 40 weeks, weighing a healthy 3580 g and 3620 g. We were truly blessed to have had such an awesome team of loving and supportive professionals!!
When I fell pregnant again with my baby girl, I immediately contacted Rosalia to find out if she will be visiting South Africa in the month my baby were due, because I didn’t want to labour without her and my midwife by our side! She sent me a text message: I would be more than happy to support you via messages in any event! Keep me posted! I am so excited!!!”
“Rosalia toimi doulanani odottaessani kaksosia 2018. Sain häneltä apua kipuihin, tukea ja neuvoja niin odotusaikana, synnytyksessä, että vauvojen syntymän jälkeen.Synnytys meni todella hyvin hänen ollessa kokoajan vieressä tukenani. Olen kiitollinen hänen lämpimästä ja välittävästä tavastaan toimia joka tilanteessa. Rosalialla oli paljon uutta tietoa erilaisista raskaus- ja synnytysasioista ja vankka ammattitaito! Esimerkiksi meksikolaisella robozo-liinalla tehdyt liikkeet raskausajan liitos- ja alaselkäkipuihin oli huippujuttu samoin kuin synnytyksen jälkeen tehty “closing ceremony” missä äitiä hellitään, koko keho rentoutuu ja elimistö palautuu synnytyksestä. Olen todella tyytyväinen Rosalian työskentelyyn ja voin lämpimästi suositella hänen palvelujaan.”
“Rosalia on ihana ihminen, joka tekee työtään sydämellä ja kohtelee asiakkaitaan lämmöllä. Hän kuuntelee ja on aina halukas auttamaan. Rosalian tietämys raskauteen, synnytykseen ja vauvan hoitoon liittyvistä asioista on omaa luokkaansa, hän on oikea tietopankki ja hän tietää paljon asioita, joita ei pysty kirjoista lukemaan. Rosalia käyttää työssään rebozoa, joka on miellyttävä ja luonnonmukainen apu raskausaikana. Suosittelen lämpimästi Rosalian palveluita.”
Gizella Wertheim Aymes
“Rosalia led me through the most amazing prenatal preparation before the successful vaginal birth of my son. He was a vbac water birth. I will always be grateful to her for her warmth, insight, comapssion and friendship. She is just amazing.”
Juhani Tuomas Daniel Autio
“Rosalian ansiosta opin synnytysvalmennuksen aikana ymmärtämään synnytyksen merkitystä äidille paljon paremmin. Opin hänen ohjauksella kuinka tukea vaimoani paremmin. Ensimmäisen lapsemme kohdalla ajattelimme että mennään vaan tilanteen mukaan, jälkikäteen olemme todenneet että se oli suuri virhe. Nyt Rosalian valmennuksen myötä osasimme asettaan realistisentoiveen kuinka haluaisimme synnytyksen menevän, ymmärtäen kuitenkin että kaikki on mahdollista. Saimme häneltä keinoja joiden avulla voisimme saavuttaa haluamamme. Tämän myötä toisen lapsemme synnytyksessä pystyin toimimaan ja tukemaan vaimoani, koska meillä oli selkeä päämäärä minkä eteen teimme yhdessä töitä. Eikä minun tarvinnut huolehtia kaikista yksin doulan ansiosta. Lopputuloksena lähes täysin toiveiden mukaan mennyt synnytys, jonka lopuksi sain itse omin käsin ottaa poikani vastaan tähän maailmaan.
Kaikille niille miehille jotka suhtautuvat epäilevästi doulan mukaan ottamiseen voin sanoa, niin suhtauduin minäkin. Nyt kuitenki sanon että jos koskaan ikinä saamme lisää lapsia on mukanamme synnytyksessä doula.”
“Yksi elämäni parhaista päätöksistä oli ottaa Rosalia doulaksi odottaessamme toista lastamme. Rosalian valmennuskurssin avulla pääsin yli synnytyspelosta ja sain itseluottamusta toiseen synnytykseeni. Puolisoni pystyi Rosalian avulla olemaan entistä vahvemmin tukenani. Rosalian ammattitaidon, vahvan näkemyksen, pitkän kokemuksen, empaattisen läsnäolon ja lämpimän tuen ansiosta kuopuksemme synnytyksestä tuli vaikeuksista huolimatta eheyttävä ja voimauttava kokemus. Ilman Rosalian tietoja, taitoja ja tukea lopputulos olisi voinut olla täysin toisenlainen. Nyt minulla on synnytyskokemus, jota muistella lämmöllä.”
“Rosalia oli tukemassa minua synnytyksessä ja mä en voisi kuvitella ensimmäistä synnytystä ilman häntä! Hän oli mieheni lisäksi apuna ja tukena supistusten aikana ja kunnes vauva oli syntynyt. Synnytys kesti pitkään ja kun voimaat olit ollut jo loppussa, niin Rosalian läsnäolo ja positiivisuus toivat mulle energia. Suosittelen lämpimästi hänen palvelujaan!”
“I would highly recommend Rosalia, she was with me for the vbac with my second baby, she was with me right throughout, through my emotions for a failed vbac, that ended up in a repeat ceserean. After my baby boy was born she made sure that he was latching properly and that we were comfortable for her to leave. We also had a post partum visit after we got home. I even became a doula because of how I felt after her support, I wanted to give other families the support that she gave me. I am still in contact with her almost 6 years down the line.. ❤️”
Mariska Van Niekerk
“Rosalia was my lifesaver during the birth of both of my girls. She provided us with so much information to make the experience memorable and listened to what it was that was important to us for the birth of our daughter. She gave both of us great physical and emotional support and the postnatal care was the reason I was able to continue breastfeeding for 2 years and become the mother I needed to be. I couldn’t have embarked on this journey with her 🌷 She loves and cares with all her heart and have become a friend for life. Thank you Lia for being an awesome person and Doula 😘”
“It’s hard for me to describe the value of having Rosalia with us during both pregnancies and one birth. She is a warm and gentle woman who stays close to nature and immediately made us feel at ease (and my husband is a cynic). She represented exactly the kind of energy we wanted to surround ourselves with to bring our children into the world.
During our first pregnancy, Lia took us through all kinds of exercises to mentally and physically prepare us for the birth, always encouraging us to keep our dream situation in mind and to deal with our doubts and fears and share with each other.
She was unable to be there for the first birth, but she held my hand, literally and in all other ways, for the second. It was Lia and Sue (the perfect team) who made it possible for us to realise our dream of having water births at home.
I will never forget what these two did for us. It is so important to choose birth partners you can trust and be comfortable with, and they were exactly that.
So much love and thanks to you Lia. Vikee, Ken, Olivia and Toby xxx”
“As a first time mother, one is often apprehensive about the unknown. I didn’t know what i needed but I knew i would know when I connected with the Doula for me. Rosalia has a way about her that puts you at ease and I instinctively knew I can trust her for my journey to become a mother. She is committed to the birth journey and goes out of her way to ensure the mother is ready in every possible way for her delivery. The more I spent time with her, my anxieties dissipated and on the day of my delivery I was calm on the inside, where it really matters because she thoroughly prepared me to flow with the contractions to the point where I knew when a contraction made its first twitch and I was calm and relaxed despite the intensity of contractions. I will always love and appreciate her for making my birth experience one that I can still fondly smile about many years hence.”
“I met Rosalia in 2006 during my first pregnancy. I wanted to have a natural birth and having a doula assisted birth seemed practical. I had read about the benefits of a doula in several pregnancy magazines in South Africa.
I was also not sure what to expect particularly with the birth and delivery and my mum was not going to be there either. Rosalia was one of three Doulas that I met, but I loved her energy and the her thinking was in sync with what I wanted, we clicked instantly!
So what did my doula do…. absolutely everything. She was there to chat to, listen, give advice, attend Drs appointments. 4 D scans, she also specialized in pregnancy massages.
But the most important thing for me is that Rosalia knew what my birth plan was, I went into laboring early and didn’t get a chance to write the birth plan. She was with me from the get gonof the labour. The first being 16 hours long and gave me the courage to not give in and have an emergency C section, she whelped not through the induction, which was a harsh experience.
With my second pregnancy I had a lot of round ligament pain and Rosalia recommences a chiropractor that specializes in pregnant women and newborns.
That gave me a lot of relief. I had a difficult time with both births, I had a lot of milk come inn. The days I felt like giving up in breastfeeding, Rosalia was a call away. At the hospital she helped with lactation difficulties.
She came home after the births, I had a few massages, advice on the breastfeeding issue and just the comfort of talking to a knowledgeable and kind caring person, that was there to help me and my little one.
I would highly recommend a doula to any expectant mum, most especially Rosalia!”
Rosalia is a wonderful doula that loves her work and brings sunshine everywhere she goes. From the first meeting we felt at ease with Rosalia, her hug and sparkle are almost like magic, and it was just natural to start feeling empowered and optimistic about the big events ahead of us, including delivery and Parenthood.
Rosalia coached my husband and me to bring our baby girl to our arms as a team. She gave us up to date information and education, she practiced pain coping techniques with us and provided us with many tools to prepare for different possible delivering scenarios.
Rosalia was available for me as much as she promised, and she encorauraged me to contact her any time. We WhatsApp each other and even video call if needed.
I had the gift of having Rosalia to support me from the first contraction, through the different stages of our natural delivery and all the way after delivery, learning how to breastfeed. She took care of keeping us hydrated, she carried our belongings in the hospital, she helped me cope with pain, she took amazing photos of our baby crawling to the breast, she stayed by my side in the hardest moments of the delivery and she believed in me.
Rosalia became our friend, and I can’t wait to get pregnant again and have her as our doula again!