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WHAT IS A DOULA?

The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning " a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a woman who helps other women during labor, birth and beyond.
 

A DOULA...

  • recognizes birth as an experience the mother will remember all her life

  • understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor

  • assists the couple in preparing for and carrying out their birthplans

  • stays with the mother throughout labor and birth

  • provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, and helps the mother get information to make informed decisions

  • facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and clinical care providers

  • perceives her role as nuturing and protecting the woman's memory of her birth experience

 

STUDIES SHOW:

STUDIES SHOW:

Mothers who have doulas present at their births have:


    28% fewer cesarean sections 
31% reduction in use of Pitocin
    57% less usage of instruments during delivery
    14% reduction of newborns admitted to NICU
9% reduction in use of pain medications
34% lower risk of being dissatisfied with your birth experience
and a reduction in length of delivery!!!

MY SERVICES

INCLUDE:

I am certified through Stillbirthday as a birth and bereavement doula and am a member in good standing.   With my CBE affiliation I am also a Bradley Method Doula and have had four unmedicated, natural, vaginal births myself as well as having supported vaginal and cesarean births. 

  • one initial meeting to get to know each other and discuss your goals for birth

  • one prenatal home visit to go over your birth plan, discuss how you want your birth to go, roles of support persons and breastfeeding

  • emotional and physical support during labor and birth at home and/or hospital or birth center

  • phone and email support throughout pregnancy and postpartum

  • one postpartum visit to discuss the birth of your blessing and provide breastfeeding support

When you agree to my services as a doula, I'll have you sign a contract. At that time, I will no longer accept clients with due dates near yours. 

For more information or to set up an initial meeting, please CONTACT ME!

 

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T: 563-210-7828

"Giving birth should be your greatest achievement, not your greatest fear"

Jane Weideman