What is a Doula?
A doula is a non-clinical trained health care professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.
Unlike midwives, who attend births as the primary care provider, doulas hold no medical credentials and are there to serve as a continuous support person and can help breakdown information and suggestions given by the care provider (OB, Family Doctor or Midwife).
I do not provide medical advice, perform medical procedures, or do clinical checks.
Doula & Mama:
One of the strongest arguments for hiring a birth doula are the proven benefits in preventing unwanted or unnecessary interventions. Below are some statistics from a study of 15,000 women (Here is the fancy scientific source and here it is laid out in something a little smoother on the eye.)
31% decrease in use of Pitocin (medically induced labor)
28% decrease in cesarean section
12% increase in likelihood of spontaneous vaginal birth
9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery
Supporting you is my top priority.
Doula & Partner:
A loving partner can be a calming influence on the birthing person. This can be the baby's other parent, a mother, best-friend or other close person in your life. Having a doula to gently guide the partner can allow the birthing person to receive exactly the support they need at the right time. The doula can feed the partner information during the birth so that it can be delivered in a loving and caring way by a person they have a deep connection with.
Doulas also provide the partner with rest periods. Birth is an endurance event, mainly for the individual giving birth but for full-time participants in the birth team too. Having a strong partner can be incredibly useful if they need to rely on the partner's body for support. If the partner is also the baby's parent then my role is to honor this incredible moment in your family's life and do everything possible to ensure that this day will be a positive experience in your memories.
Postpartum defines the period of time after the birth and can last up to a year or even longer. This is a time when the birthing person is not only healing physically from the birth and the exhausting tasks that come with a new baby but also they are defining the structure of their new life with their child and evaluating their identity and close relationships.
For womxn of color, this post partum period is critical, as we generally experience complex social and health disparities more frequently than other women.
We were never meant to do this alone. We all need our support systems. Postpartum care can help a new parent overcome initial challenges, deal with daily tasks, become confident in their abilities and gain skills to tackle future challenges.