δούλα

“a person educated in childbirth who provides physical & emotional support, information, & comfort”

What is a doula?

Doula is derived from a Greek word meaning "a woman who serves women". Today, DONA defines a doula as "a trained 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."

A doula is not your mother. As a DONA trained doula, I have been trained in such a way that will provide physical, emotional & partner support throughout the pregnancy, delivery & beyond. I do not replace your partner or mother.

A doula is not your midwife. As a non-medical professional, I cannot give medical advice, speak on your behalf, or perform medical practices. Rather, I offer evidence-based research to allow you & your partner to better advocate for yourselves and feel at ease when doing so.

“IF A WOMAN DOESN’T LOOK LIKE A GODDESS IN BIRTH,

then someone isn’t treating her right.”

– Ina May Gaskin

According to a review published in 2011 on a continuous labor support study conducted with over 15,000 women, the doula-supported birthing persons were:

28% less likely to have a cesarean section

31% less likely to use synthetic oxytocin to speed up labor

9% less likely to use any pain medication

34% less likely to rate their childbirth experience negatively

Read the DONA position paper here.


WHAT DOES A DOULA DO?

  • Supports YOUR BIRTH PLAN YOUR WAY – this means the doula is there for all birth types – vaginal, medicated, cesarean, etc.

  • Be there for you first & foremost

  • Use trained comfort measures & techniques to assist in pain relief

  • Be there for your partner, teaching them helpful techniques, relief for a bathroom break, a snack run, or helping them not to faint :)

  • Support your partner in supporting you

  • Education referrals to help with the medical jargon

  • Provide positive emotional & physical support for you & your partner


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