What do I do?
Each birth is unique to itself, each mother is going to have different needs. I get to know you and your birth companion(s) by establishing a personal relationship, so that when your special time comes, you feel confident and safe during your birth.
You will receive continuous support from the time I commit to you, until your baby is snuggled in your arms.
During birth, I can help to make suggestions for positioning and relaxation techniques, assisting with massage, and counter pressure, and other comfort measures. I can also offer perspective and valuable information should any issues arise.
A Doula Does NOT:
I DO NOT replace or take over the role of your partner
I DO NOT allow personal values or biases to affect your care
I DO NOT pressure you into making decisions
I DO NOT offer personal opinions or advice, but will provide evidenced-based information
I will NOT contradict any medical opinions of your care providers
I DO NOT perform medical tasks such as heart tones, blood pressure, cervical assessments, or delivering your baby
Assist your birth partner, helping them to support you, and to navigate through the birthing journey
Help families become informed about available birth choices and encourage you and your partner to advocate for your desires
Provide emotional support, reassurance and comfort
Provide physical support using comfort measures: breathing, movement, positioning, etc.
CONTINUOUS care throughout birth
Identify ways to encourage the "progress" of labor through position changes and movement
Help to facilitate communication between your family and care provider
Did you know?
Childbirth Classes are included in the Birth packages. Having your childbirth instructor as your Doula has many unique benefits:
We come to know one another very well during your pregnancy
I am fully aware of the positions and techniques you have learned and are planning to use in labor
You have many opportunities to observe my skills in supporting and teaching partners, without replacing them
You know I have a strong commitment to natural childbirth, and the knowledge and experience you are looking for in a labor support professional
My services are tailored to provide you with support and care to fit your labor
Evidence for Doulas
Birth has a bad reputation. But it doesn't have to. Birth IS incredible. Birth CAN be enjoyable.
I live to teach, guide, and help families to have an empowered, amazing experience that they can cherish every day for the rest of their lives.
Every beautiful birth story motivates another mom to work toward her own positive birth. Her positive story inspires confidence in other new mothers.
Use yours to ignite a change in our future. Join me as we shift the paradigm one birth at a time.
BIRTH DOULAS MAKE EXCELLENT SHOWER GIFTS! WE OFFER GIFT CERTIFICATES AND REGISTRY OPTIONS AS WELL, SO EVEN YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY CAN HELP TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!