“The whole point of woman-centered birth is the knowledge that a woman is the birth power source. She may need, and deserve, help, but in essence, she always had, currently has, and will have the power.” – Heather McCue
What is a Doula?
A doula is a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother who is expecting, is experiencing labor, or has recently given birth. The doula’s purpose is to help women have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience.
What Does a Doula Do?
Doulas are birth professionals that provide techniques specific to labor and delivery that have been used for centuries. These comfort measures include suggestions for positions, vocalization, rhythmic and primal movement, counterpressure and rebozo techniques, guided relaxation with breathing and/or hypnosis, visualization, suggestions on how to avoid slowing or stalling contractions, and specialized massage for labor. A doula also helps families obtain important information before and during labor so they are well informed about all their options and can feel confident about their decisions.
The most valuable thing a doula offers is constant emotional support. This comes in the form of positive affirmations and verbal encouragement, a continuous physical presence, and belief and trust in the ability and power of your body.
An important job of a doula is to hold a space full of love, trust, and peace to ensure a positive and empowering birth. Labor and delivery is a vulnerable time. You may be in an uncomfortable environment, surrounded by unfamiliar people that can inhibit the natural, instinctive urges for labor, such as moaning and movement. It is very common to not feel in control of your own birth. Doulas give the control back to the mother and nurture birthing women by treating them with respect and dignity. The ultimate goal is to create a lasting positive impact on the mother, her partner, and the baby.
What is Included When Hiring a Doula?
I work with a limited number of clients. This allows me to give full attention to each one of the expecting families. I will not take on a new client with a similar expected due date. Each and every mother is my singular priority.
In our initial visit we will get to know eachother! I will be available to answer any questions you may have about both me as a doula and the process. I’ll have a few questions for you as well. By the end of our visit we will get a clear idea if we make a good match. I would love to be an advocate and supporter at your birth, but more than that, I want you to feel comfortable and know you are with the right doula for you.
Other appointments will be to discuss birth plans, practice visualization, counterpressure, hypnobirthing, positive affirmations, rebozo, gentle massage, aromatherapy, or any other techniques you are interested in using. We will discuss all your options and talk about your ideal birth to create a positive and empowering experience.
From the time I am hired as your doula, I am available any day, at any time for you! I can take calls, texts, emails, etc. I would love to answer any questions and approach any concerns you may have during the prenatal and portpartum period.
It’s the middle of the night and you think you just lost your mucus plug? Send me a text and a picture too, if you’d like! Getting anxiety about the upcoming date? Call me up to calm your nerves. Need reccomendations for sleeping positions? I’m your girl.
So long as the issue at hand is not an emergency, I am available to help. I do not replace a nedical professional and will refer you to your midwife or OB/GYN if needs be.
I am here for you and want to be your personal birth and pregnancy question go-to!
No matter the length of your labor, I will be there when you would like me to be. From the moment I get the call, I ask you to give me an hour to tie up loose ends and travel to your location. From that point on, I will be there until your little one takes a breath and 1-2 hours afterwards or until you are settled and ready.
Continual support can include (but is not limited to) informational support, guided hynobirthing, gentle massage, counterpressure, hydrotherapy, position suggestions, verbal and physical encouragement, advocating for your wishes, suggestions for partner participation, physical and emotional support, aromatherapy, breathing techniques, cold and heat therapy, and more.
Whichever way you decide to give your infant the nourishment they need, I support you. Mothers need to not only do what is best for their babies, but also what is best for them! I am certified in Doula Breastfeeding Support and can assist you, along with your healthcare provider, with nursing and latching techniques as well as pumping and formula feeding questions. I am also available via phone to help answer questions concerning breastfeeding and infant nutrition.
At the postpartum visit, I would love to visit with you about your birth. What are your overall feelings? How did it compare to your original birthplan? I enjoy hearing the mother’s perspective, as it is much different from anyone even in the same room. I am also always available to answer any questions you may have and offer any other information you would like to know.