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born softly doula

your holistic, English-speaking guide through pregnancy, birth and postpartum
in Berlin, Germany

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Barbara Katz Rothman

"Birth is not only about making babies.


Birth is about making mothers - strong competent and capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength."

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Offerings

I offer various services that can be combined together and tailored to your needs. During our initial consultation we touch the areas that are important to you and design a custom made package.

Preparation classes

I offer standalone private sessions for you and your partner to gain more confidence and information childbirth and postpartum, learn non-medical pain comforting measures but also practical information about Berlin's maternity healthcare system and required paperworks.

Prenatal meetings

During a series of prenatal meetings we will be working together toward your goal - an empowering, satisfactory birth experience on your terms.

Birth support

Within one hour from your call, I will arrive to support you at the birthing facility of your choice, in person through physical and emotional ways like touch, active positions, massage, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, TENS, relaxations and visualisations.

Postpatrum visits

After the birth, I will come to your home to support you with postpartal healing. My support is focused on you and your new family to find a new balance. I guide you through processing birth experience, feeding support, taking care of the baby, finalising paperwork, cooking, light cleaning or errands.

Otulanie

Otulanie is a traditional Slavic ritual of closing your postparum period. It celebrates your motherhood, your birth story and invites all emotions to sound out. It is a 3-4 hour long process during which you will be given a spicy drink, soaked in a herbal blend bath, massaged with oils and wrapped tightly with traditional Slavic scarves and clothes.

Birth pool rental

Would you like to use hydrotherapy during your homebirth or laboring at home before going to the hospital? I offer a professional birth pool with all equipment for 5 weeks.

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About me

Hi! My name is Aleksandra Królak (she / her) and I am a certified birth and postpartum doula, supporting international families in navigating their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum time in Berlin, Germany.

In my practice, I am focused on providing you holistic doula care rooted in my Slavic origin.


I offer you a calm and compassionate emotional support, physical techniques to alleviate the discomforts of birth, up-to-date evidence-based knowledge about physiology of birth and my 10 year expat experience, gained by trial and error.


I teach you to trust your instincts, so your wishes are not only formulated as informed consent, but that they are deeply aligned personal decisions.

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I support...

all pregnant and birthing
people

in Berlin, Germany

home births and birthing centers

if you plan an epidural or an elective c-section

judgement-free, respectful of your decisions

before, during and after birth

in English, Polish or German

hospital births, inductions and c-sections

if you plan a natural, meds-free birth, water birth or lotus birth

in-person or virtually

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My credentials

As a professional Doula, I’ve received training from a certified organization, and maintain my skills and knowledge through continued education and research. You can learn more about my qualifications and experience below.

Madriella Doula Network, May 2021

Birth Doula

The Madriella Birth Doula Certification is a non-medical birth assistant course.  This course covers the five facets of Doula support, birth physiology, physical and emotional comfort measures, birth planning and preparation and standards of practice.

Madriella Doula Network, July 2021

Postpartum Doula

Madriella Postpartum Doulas provide help and support to the mother in the first weeks after the birth. This course covers the physical and emotional needs of the mother after the birth, feeding and care of the newborn, and how the five facets of support can be tailored to meet these specific needs.

Erste Hilfe Station Berlin, May 2021

First Aid for Babies & Kids

An extensive course covering many emergency situations that infants and children might be needing support.

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Others say about me...

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Lena Calvarin Mikolaj Zakrzewski

Lena & Mikołaj, parents of Zoë

Aleksandra was my “guardian angel” during my pregnancy. She guided me during this journey and helped me with every step.
It was my first baby and being an expat in Berlin, I had no idea what to expect and how to be prepared to give birth.
Aleksandra prerared me mentally and physically. She also helped my husband to understand his role before, during and after the delivery.
My birth went in a smooth way thanks to Aleksandra. She was with us during the labor until we entered the hospital. Thanks to her I managed my pain and had the natural birth I wanted.
After birth, Aleksandra helped us taking care of our daughter. She gave us a tone of useful advice and assisted us with the first baby bath.

Overall, having Aleksandra as a doula was the best decision we made. I’ll never thank her enough for all the guidance she provided us. I have a feeling she is now part of our family.

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If you would like to peek into my doula world, below is a sneak-peak. To see more please visit me at @bornsoftly

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