What Do Doula’s do?
Amid all the excitement and dreams of the future with your baby, sometimes doubts and uncertainty can creep in. Birth can be a confusing and scary time for a family, and it doesn't have to be! Birth and the early months can (and should) be some of the best and most powerful memories you ever make. The best way to combat fear and nervousness is information and support. Doula's provide both! Let me help you create a memory that you will be talking about with pride for the rest of your life!
Who? Doula is the greek word meaning, “Woman who serves”. A more modern term is “Maternal Support Practitioner.” We are there to help you through one of life’s most amazing milestones!
What? We differ from OB’s and Midwives in that we do not provide medical services. We do not deliver babies or perform any medical procedures. We are purely there to ease the process of delivery and Postpartum. We help to compliment the services of your Healthcare provider by making sure you have all the support and information you need to make the important decisions around your birth experiences.
- Physical Support: I come with a treasure trove of tips and tricks for comfort and labor progression. Techniques can range from position changes, breathing techniques, acupressure and massage. Anything I can do to keep you in charge and control of your experience.
- Partner Support: Whether it’s a romantic partner, a friend or another family member, the birth partner’s experience is also very important. I am there to support every birth partner in being as involved as they’d like with the birth. Physical and emotional support make a huge difference for everyone involved.
- Informational support: I am trained to help families practice Informed consent. I am a walking encyclopedia of birth and serve as a bridge of communication between you and your Health Care providers. I aim to empower you to find your voice and be able to advocate for the very best care.
- Emotional Support: I support families by easing the emotional experience of birth and also creating a safe space for the birther (whether at home, at a birth centre, or at the hospital) where the hormones of labor can work at their best. Whether a birth is completely unmedicated or medically very complex, I will be there to support you through all of it.
When? We support you from the moment the contract is signed until you feel comfortable without us. When in Labour we will join you even before you head to the hospital or meet up with your Healthcare provider.
Where? Initial “meet and greets” are usually done in a casual setting such as a coffee shop or restaurant, but all further appointments can be done in the comfort of your own home! Hours are flexible and we will work around your schedule. We support you in YOUR decisions and help with deliveries in Hospitals, birth centres, and births that happen at home.
Why? The journey to becoming new parents was not meant to be taken alone. It is important to build a community and support system around you and we are the first step in that process.