A Birth Doula...
A Birth Doula:
• Recognizes birth as a key experience the client will remember all their life.
• Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a person in labour.
• Assists the client in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth.
• Stays with the client throughout their labour
• Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the birthing parent get the information they needs to make informed decision.
• Facilitates communication between the labouring parent, their partner and their clinical care providers.
• Perceives their role as nurturing and protecting the client’s memory of the birth experience.
• Allows the client’s partner to participate at his/her comfort level.
This information was adapted from the DONA International Website
As a Doula, I:
See to Your Non-Clinical Needs
I am unable to perform the medical tasks that doctors and midwives do. Instead, I am able to concentrate directly on your needs emotionally, mentally, and help you with non-medicinal pain relief techniques.
Back You Up!
I can provide you with information on, or explain, choices available to you, but the decision is always yours to make.
Help You Sort Out Your Requests
It can be hard to find your voice. If there is anything you are unsure about or wish you could ask the medical staff about, I can help you sort out your thoughts and come up with a good way of asking.
So what is a Doula, anyway?
What is a Doula?:
A Doula is someone that supports you through your birth experiences emotionally, physically, and informationally. A Birth Doula might help you prepare for birth, help you during birth, and in the hours after birth. A Postpartum Doula might help you adjust to having a new baby, provide relief from basic chores, watch the baby so that you can get a quick nap in, or help you navigate breastfeeding.
There are also other kinds of Doulas for things like adoption, bereavement, death, fertility, and other life events that can be overwhelming.
What are the facts about the benefits of having a Doula?
Results of Doula care:
• Shorten first-time labour by an average of 2 hours
• Reduce the need for pain medication by 36%
• Reduce rates of instrumental delivery by 57%
• Reduce the use of caesarean section by 51%
• Increase your success in initiating breastfeeding/chestfeeding and keeping going
• Increase satisfaction with the birth for both you and your partner
(adapted from Mothering the Mother by Klaus, Kennell & Klaus, 1993)
Put Your Beliefs First!
I have my own beliefs, as everyone does, but I will never let that interfere with your childbirth experience. Instead, I will help you build a stronger and happier experience built upon your own wishes.