Birth Doula Support
Doula support is something that has been around for a very long time. What it used to look like was a birthing woman’s mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, or other woman attending her through the process of becoming a mother. She was comforted by the peaceful presence of those who care for her and were able to attune to her every need while she birthed her baby. This is still the cultural norm in many societies and countless women all over the world experience this today. In our society now, as well as many other industrialized nations, it isn’t quite as common to have the multi-generational support and professional doulas have stepped in to fill the gap. We are here to provide the peaceful comfort in knowing your every need is being attended to. We are here to help you navigate the waters of pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period by helping to learn of your options and make informed choices that are right for you and your family. We are here to stand by your side or simply BE present to help you have the best birth experience possible.
What does this look like in practical application?
Often times one of the most important things a doula will do is educate their clients. A knowledgeable mother is a confident and less fearful mother. Studies have shown that when a woman is able to relax and allow the natural course of events to take place without undue stress or distractions that a woman will be more able to cope with labor pains, dilate more quickly, and have an uncomplicated birth.
A doula will often give her client techniques to practice before the birth experience. Breathing techniques, positive affirmations to recite, different positions to labor in to help in both coping with pain as well as move the baby’s positions etc. Knowledge is only as important as the practical ability to put it into action. The doula will also offer physical support by providing massage, hot/cold compresses, and even getting drinks or food.
A doula is most known for her role as a labor support provider. Someone who is there for a laboring woman the entirety of her birth experience. A doula will help the woman to implement what she has educated and equipped her to do during her birth. If the woman starts having doubts or fears, the doula will help her to concentrate on what she knows and what her body is able to accomplish. She will give her physical, emotional, and spiritual support during this time.
While it is not within our scope of practice to be able to speak for you it is our goal to ensure that you have the information you need to make informed decisions regarding your baby’s birth. We can provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner, make suggestions for labor progress, and help with relaxation, massage, positioning and other techniques for your comfort. We are independent and self-employed, and as such, work for YOU, not your caregiver or place of birth.
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