What is a Doula?
This may be a question you are asking your self right now. A Doula is a trained labour coach. They assist you during your labour and delivery. They provide you with continuous emotional support, as well as assists with non medical aspect of your care.
What Does a Doula Do
Uses comfort techniques: breathing, relaxation, message,movement,and positioning
Provides emotional support
continuously reassures,comforts, and encourages mother and father.
keep the family informed about birth choices
is an advocate for the mother,and provides communication between mother and care provider.
looks after the spouse as well, allows him time to go to the bathroom, grab a bite to eat. take a small rest
Finding a Doula
Finding the right Doula for you is very important. If there is no bond or connection, then most likely they wont be much help when it comes time for labour to begin. Here is a list of some question you can ask the Doula.
What training have you attended?
What services do you provide?
What are your fees?
Are you available for my due date?
What made you deiced to become a Doula?
Would you be able to meet with me before the due date to go over my birth plan?
What happens if you can't get to my birth?
It isn't the intention of the Doula to take over the father/partners role. They are there to show them how to use the proper comfort techniques for the mother. At the end of the day it is the father/partner that the mother wants to share this day with.
My husband(partner) is my left Hand and my Doula is my right.- Doulas Making a diffrence
Other types of Doula
There are a few different categories for Doulas
Labour and Birth Doulas- I have already explained above what they do.
Postpartum Doulas- provide support after birth.They encourage bonding between Mother, Father, and child. helps mom cope with breastfeeding. provides light house keeping, meal prep, and will watch any children for a little while mom rests. Not all postpartum Doulas provide these services, so make sure to ask at the interview.
Antpartum Doula- Is a Doula that deals with very high risk pregnancy's. The Doula can give the mother a sense of what to expect, and help create a joyful pregnancy.
Abortion Doulas- Specialize in helping during the abortion process. Sensitivity and open mindedness are very important.
Miscarriage/Bereavement Doula- losing a pregnancy is a heart breaking event. it is i gift to be able to partner with and support a women during this time.
Adoption Doula- helping women through the adoption journey, where ever that may take them.
The services I provide are all listed under my Service Section on my website. As a Doula i am always training, and adding to my skills. I also believe that all women should have access to a Doula if they want one. If you are interested in any of my services or have any questions please contact me.