“Doula” is a Greek word referring to an experienced woman who helps other women. The word has now come to mean a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during, and after childbirth. –Klaus, Kennell and Klaus, Mothering the Mother,...Read More
Studies have shown that the presence of a doula improves birth in the following ways: 50% reduction in cesarean birth 30% reduction in requests for pain medication 60% fewer requests for epidural anesthesia 25% decrease in the length of labor Lower postpartum depression rate for mothers Increased breastfeeding success Greater overall satisfaction from the mother about her...Read More
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A doula does not replace the care you receive from a physician, a midwife, or your nurses. Their job is to tend to your medical needs. My job is to care for your non-medical needs. In labor, you have many of both, and it is vital to meet all of your ever-changing needs as you welcome your new baby into your family. My goal is to strengthen the relationship you have with your chosen medical care provider, as I facilitate open, honest, and educated communication between you.
Throughout history women have supported women in childbirth. This is no secret. It was not until much more recently in our history that men have begun to venture into the birthing room to be present for the birth itself. What a wonderful opportunity it is for a father to be present when his new tiny child enters the world, opens his eyes, and takes his first breaths! What an incredible bonding opportunity for mother and father to experience the labor and birth together as a team!
As your doula, I come prepared with “tricks” and tools to help you cope with the emotional and physical rigors of labor. When I first began attending births many years ago, my doula bag was stocked full of tools and gadgets that I would bring to every birth. As my experience increased, I began to realize that the most important tools I can bring to a birth are my hands, my heart, and my presence.
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