What is a Doula?
The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional, and information support to the mother before, during, and just after birth. Labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily (DONA international website).
A Birth Doula
- Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all of her life
- Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor.
- Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
- Stays with the woman throughout the labor
- Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make an informed decision
- Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
- Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of the birth experience
- Allows the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level
- Birth Doula's make a difference
"The doula is emerging as a positive contribution to the care of women in labor. By attending to the woman's emotional needs, some obstetric outcomes are improved. Just as importantly, the early mother-infant relationships and breastfeeding are enhanced. Women's satisfaction with their birth experiences and even their self esteem appears to improve when a doula has assisted them through childbirth."
Please contact us for pricing and for more detailed information of what we include in our doula services.