“If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.” Dr. John H. Kennell
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"Research shows that women value and beneﬁt from the presence of a support person during labour and childbirth. This support may include emotional support (continuous presence, reassurance and praise) and information about labour progress"
From the Cochrane Review
Read the entire article at: https://www.cochrane.org/CD0037
Personalized care for each mother is my goal. Maybe you need emotional, information, or physical support, maybe you just want someone beside you who’s been through it before. That’s where I come in! I will be by your side helping you through every step of this life-changing journey.
– Labor support with 24/7 text and phone availability for 37 weeks until you have your baby.
– One prenatal appointment; discussing birth options, facilitating a birth vision, and exploring comfort techniques.
– We will go over basics about birth and regular practices at the hospital/ birth center during prenatal.
– Bi- weekly assignments to help prepare mother that include reviewing birth videos and journal assignments.
– Prenatal appointment can include a 1 hour fear release hypnosis session with Eye Movement Therapy if requested.
– Lactation support for baby’s ﬁrst latch after birth.
– Two postnatal appointments after the baby is born, including breastfeeding support. Usually, a few days after the birth and a 2 weeks later. Doula services are a supplementation to HypnoBirthing classes.
Most families use both services and this allows for maximum benefit and fantastic rapport before labor begins. Group and private classes are available.
To read about the beneﬁts of a doula read here; https://www.dona.org/what-is-a-doula-2/
Find out more about what a doula is read here; https://www.dona.org/
Pregnancy and childbirth are profound life experiences that can bring joy, excitement, and fulfillment to women and their families. However, they can also be challenging, both physically and emotionally. In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the vital role that doulas play in providing invaluable support and guidance to women throughout their pregnancy, labor, and postpartum period.
Emotional Support: One of the primary roles of a doula is to provide continuous emotional support to women. They offer a compassionate presence, actively listening to their fears, concerns, and desires, without judgment. Doulas create a safe and nurturing environment where women feel comfortable expressing their emotions and sharing their experiences. By offering empathy and reassurance, doulas help women build confidence and trust in their own ability to give birth.
Education and Advocacy: Doulas are a valuable source of information and education, ensuring that women have access to evidence-based resources to make informed decisions. They can help mothers understand various birthing options, procedures, and interventions, empowering women to make choices aligned with their preferences. Doulas also act as patient advocates, ensuring that women's wishes are made known within the healthcare system.
Physical Comfort: In labor, doulas employ a range of comfort measures to ease discomfort and promote relaxation. They may use massage, breathing exercises, positioning suggestions, and provide guidance on utilizing birthing tools such as birthing balls or hydrotherapy. By focusing on non-pharmacological pain relief methods, doulas contribute to a more positive and empowered birthing experience.
Partner Inclusion: Doulas also play an essential role in supporting partners during the labor process. They help partners navigate emotions, providing guidance on how to comfort and support the birthing woman. Doulas can act as a bridge between the medical staff and the couple, ensuring effective communication and facilitating the partner's active involvement in the birth.
Postpartum Care: The support of a doula doesn't necessarily end with the birth of the baby. Doulas continue to provide guidance and assistance during the postpartum period, offering emotional support, breastfeeding education if needed, newborn care tips, and helping women adjust to their new roles as mothers. This ongoing care contributes to the overall well-being of women. There are also postpartum doulas who specialize in helping women after birth.
By empowering women, advocating for their choices, and creating a nurturing environment, doulas positively impact birth outcomes and enhance the overall satisfaction of the birthing experience. The doula’s role complements the care provided by healthcare professionals and encourages a holistic and woman-centered approach to childbirth. Some insurances may or may not cover all or part of the doula services. Reach out and we can figure out a plan today.