“It’s not just a baby that’s being born, but a family.”
The acceptance of Doulas in maternity care is growing rapidly with the recognition of their important contribution to the improved physical outcomes and emotional well-being of mothers and infants.
But if you’re still unsure about why you need (and deserve) a Doula, here are some things to consider …
What is a Doula?
The word Doula is a Greek word that means women’s servant. Women have been serving other women in childbirth for centuries and have proven that this support from another woman has positive effects on the labor process.
“My husband (partner) is my left hand and my Doula is my right.” – from Doulas Making a Difference
What does a Doula do?
Most Doula and client relationships begin a few months before the baby is due. During this time, they establish a relationship that gives the mother complete freedom to ask questions, express fears and concerns, and take an active role in creating a birth plan.
Most Doulas make themselves available to the mother by phone to answer questions or explain any developments that may arise in pregnancy. Doulas do not provide any type of medical care. However, they are knowledgeable in the medical aspect of labor and delivery so they can help their clients get a better understanding of procedures and complications that may arise in late pregnancy or during delivery.
During birth, Doulas are in constant, close proximity to the mother at all times. They can provide comfort with pain relief techniques, such as breathing, relaxing, massage and laboring positions.
What About Dad?
The Doula allows for the partner to participate at his own comfort level. Some partners prefer to be there only to witness the birth of their child and to share this experience with the woman they love. They may not want to play an active role and do not want to be responsible for the woman’s comfort and emotional security. The Doula can fill in and allow the partner to participate as he wishes, without leaving the woman’s needs unmet. When the partner chooses to be the major source of emotional support, the Doula can supplement his or her efforts by running errands, making suggestions for comfort measures, and offering words of reassurance and comfort. During a long tiring labor, she can give the partner a break for a brief rest or change of scene.
While the Doula probably knows more than the partner about birth, hospitals, and maternity care, the partner knows more about the woman’s personality, likes and dislikes, and needs. Moreover, he/she loves the woman more than anyone else there. The combined contributions of partner and Doula, along with a competent, considerate and caring staff gives the woman the best chance of an optimal outcome.
Did you know?…
The Lamaze Institute for Normal Birth supports the right of every pregnant woman “to receive continuous social, emotional and physical support during labor and birth from a caregiver who has been trained in labor support” (a Doula).
A Doula knows that Birth is a normal and blessed event, and a memory that the family will make and keep for a lifetime. Doulas improve birth outcomes for mothers and babies, and several evidence based studies have been done that show this. Based on 6 randomized studies of over 1500 women, the presence of a Doula :
~ reduces overall cesarean rate by 50%
~ reduces length of labor by 25%
~ reduces oxytocin (Pitocin) use by 40%
~ reduces use of pain medications by 30%
~ reduces the need for forceps by 40%
~ reduces requests for epidurals by 60%
These are taken from “Mothering the Mother ….How a doula can help you have a shorter, easier and healthier birth” by Marshall H. Klauss, MD; John H. Kennel, MD; and Phyliss H., Klauss, M.Ed, CSW page 51 Addison- Wesley Publishing Company
Our Birth Doula Services include:
Two prenatal meetings to discuss your birth plans and expectations and history, as well as childbirth education classes. I arrive at your labor when you desire me, your home or hospital, based on your needs.
I remain with you during the whole labor, and for 1-2 hours afterward to facilitate bonding and breastfeeding. I will follow-up in 3 days and 2 weeks to check
in on mom and baby, answer questions about newborn care and breastfeeding, and to process your Birth memory.
Why The Name “A Heroes Journey”?
Throughout mythology all heroes take an amazing journey, with twists and turns and scary spots, but all emerge at the end, transformed and triumphant.
We see birth as this type of heroic journey, for the mother, father and the baby. The baby begins in one realm and throughout some trials arrives in another realm completely transformed.
The mother also undergoes a transformation, she goes from being the person she has always been, and through the rite of passage of birth, becomes a mother. Dad also finds himself transformed through this amazing journey. We believe it is not just a baby that is born, but a family. The destinations not the thing, it’s the journey
For more information about Doulas, and pricing or any other birthing industry services please contact us though our contact page or call 559-930-2032 or E mail us at http://email@example.com
Please keep in mind we work on a sliding scale/ accept payment plans/ and barter. We would rather you have a Doula than not. Every woman deserves a Doula! Let us help you today!
Also if you are a pregnant teen we offer services just for you