“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. “~Marie Curie

What IS a Doula??

Doula (doo-la) is a Greek term for 'caregiver' or sometimes 'mothering the mother.' The term refers to a trained professional who provides non-medical, continuous physical, emotional and informational labor support.

Prenatal

Appointments

  1. You will learn how to empower yourself during labour using BRAIN technique.
  2. You and your partner will create a realistic birth plan.
  3. Discuss stages of labour, provide information about interventions.
  4. I will reassure you, provide information if you are confused, offer suggestions for progression of labour.
  5. We will discuss your biggest concerns regarding labour, birth and life with a newborn. 

During Labour

  1. I will stay with you from the onset of labour until 1-2 hours after the birth while hospital shifts switch, and you're meeting various health care providers. 
  2. You will have support through it all, even if your partner needs to take a break.
  3. I will cheer you on, keep you focused on your journey, be a rock for you, offer a perspective on problems and options. I will stay calm and objective.
  4. I can suggest relaxation techniques, massage, different positions, calming measures for comfort during labour.
  5. I'll probably (no, definitely!) shed tears of joy when your sweet baby/ies is/are born. 


After Birth

  1. I'll stay with you, offer to snap some pictures of your new family. I'll make sure you get some sustenance and are comfortable.
  2. I'll assist where I can with breastfeeding. Using my intuition, I'll sense the right moment to make my exit, giving you quiet time with your new family.
  3. A week or two after your birth I will visit with you to assess your recovery, discuss the birth, offer feeding support (if needed), provide some community resources and admire your sweet baby. 
  4. You will have access to my baby wearing lending library, I'll show you how to use the different carriers, and we can talk about your postpartum village. 

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