The word doula is a Greek word meaning woman’s servant. A doula is a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to an expecting mother before, during and after labor and delivery. Postpartum doulas also provide support during the postpartum period. While doulas are not medically trained, and do not provide any medical care, they are resources of knowledge and advocates for the mother.
Studies have shown that having a doula as part of your birth team can decrease cesarean rates, the length of labor, and the request for epidurals. Doulas are there to enhance the birth experience and guide the partner in being an active presence during the birth ceremony. On top of providing educational knowledge and resources, Doulas add a calm presence and are trained to provide both emotional and physical comfort measures.
What I can offer:
Physical support including soothing touch, massage techniques, utilizing the rebozo, creating a tranquil and comforting atmosphere through the use of dim lights, music and essential oils, assisting with birth positions and shifts in body tempature through hot/cold comforts.
Emotional support including constant affirmation and encouragement, reassurance, talking through any fears or doubts, listening with empathy and supporting the mother's needs and decisions without judgement.
Information including a local resources list, reading recommendations and basic childbirth education.