• Personalized assistance at preparing your Birth Plan
• Assistance at finalizing your birth and family arrangements
• 2 pre-natal visits, including one with your care provider, if so desired
• 24 hour on-call and telephone support pre-natally
• A post-partum visit in your home, making sure that breastfeeding is going well and Mother and Baby (and
..Dad too!) are recovering and adjusting well
• 1 weeks of telephone support post-natally
• Continuous, uninterrupted labor support ~ starting at your home or at your birth place,including, but not
..limited to: Natural pain relieving techniques and comfort measures; Labor *tricks up my sleeve*; Massage;
..Encouragement; Support; Assistance at navigating unforeseen circumstances that may arise;
• Help in getting your new family off to a positive start in your breastfeeding relationship
• Documenting your birth, if requested and pre arranged.
• Perform clinical tasks, such as blood pressure, fetal heart checks, vaginal exams, and others. We are there
..to provide only physical comfort, emotional support,information, and advocacy.
• Make decisions for you. We will help you get the information necessary to make an informed decision. We will
..also remind you if there is a departure from your Birth Plan.
• Speak to the staff on behalf of you regarding matters where decisions are being made. We will discuss your
..concerns with you and suggest options, but you or yours partner will speak on your behalf to the clinical staff.
Hiring a labor support professional in no way constitutes any guarantee of any medical outcome or intervention use. Labor support professionals can be as effective as they’re allowed to be. Things that may restrict my effectiveness at your birth may include hospital and / or doctor protocols, sometimes family members and as well as how receptive the laboring mom is able to be during her labor to suggestions made. The cooperation of my family and friends allows my service to you to run smoothly.
I believe that this is not just the birth of a baby, but the birth of a family as well, and base my support fully on empowering all in attendance in their chosen roles. I consider it an honor and privilege to be invited to witness and assist in each & every miraculous event of new life.
The word "doula" which comes from ancient Greek, today refers to a woman trained and experienced in childbirth. A doula provides continuous physical, emotional, and Informational support to the expectant mother and her partner during labor, delivery and in the immediate postpartum period. The wisdom and emotional support of experienced women at Birth is an ancient tradition. Studies show that when doulas are present at birth, women have shorter labors, fewer Medical interventions, fewer cesareans and healthier babies. Recent evidence also suggests that when a doula provides labor support, women are more satisfied with their experience and the mother-infant interaction is enhanced as long as two months after the birth. With doula support, fathers tend to stay more involved with their partner rather than pull away in times of stress.
Today, a father's participation in birth preparation classes or his presence at prenatal visits and in the delivery suite is a familiar occurrence. Yet, we sometimes forget that the expectations of his role as a "labor coach" may be difficult to fulfill. Sometimes it is also culturally inappropriate for an expectant father to be so intimately involved in the process of labor and birth.
The father-to-be is expected among other things to become familiar with the process and language of birth, to understand medical procedures and hospital protocols and advocate for his partner in an environment and culture he is usually unfamiliar with. A doula can provide the information to help parents make appropriate decisions and facilitate communication between the laboring woman, her partner and medical care providers.
At times a father may not understand a woman’s instinctive behavior during childbirth and may react anxiously to what a doula knows to be the normal process of birth. He may witness his partner in pain and understandably become distressed. The doula can be reassuring and skillfully help the mother to cope with labor pain in her unique way. The father-to-be may need to accompany his partner during surgery should a cesarean becomes necessary. Not all fathers can realistically be expected to "coach" at this intense level. Many fathers are eager to be involved during labor and birth. Others, no less loving or committed to their partner's well being find it difficult to navigate in uncharted waters. With a doula, a father can share in the birth at a level he feels most comfortable with. The doula’s skills and knowledge can help him to feel more relaxed. If the father wants to provide physical comfort such as back massage, change of positions, and help his partner to stay focused during contractions, the doula can provide that guidance and make suggestions for what may work best. Physicians, midwives and nurses are responsible for monitoring labor, assessing the medical condition of the mother and baby, and treating complications when they arise. But childbirth is also an emotional and spiritual experience with long-term impact on a woman's personal well being. A doula is constantly aware that the mother and her partner will remember this experience throughout their lives. By “mothering the mother” during childbirth the doula supports the parents in having a positive and memorable birth experience.
The benefits of doula care have been recognized worldwide. The Medical Leadership Council of Washington, D.C, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada and the World Health Organization are among the many healthcare organizations that value the benefits that doulas provide to women in labor.
The father's presence and loving support in childbirth is comforting and reassuring. The love he shares with the mother and his child, his needs to nurture and protect his family are priceless gifts that only he can provide. With her partner and a doula at birth a mother can have the best of both worlds: her partner’s loving care and attention and the doula's expertise and guidance in childbirth.