What is a Doula?
A birth doula is a person trained and experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth.
Clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth:
* tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
* reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
* reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction
* reduces the requests for pain medication and epidurals, as well as the incidence of cesareans
When a doula is present during and after childbirth, women report greater satisfaction with their birth experience, make more positive assessments of their babies, have fewer cesareans and requests for medical intervention, and less postpartum depression.
Studies have shown that babies born with doulas present tend to have shorter hospital stays with fewer admissions to special care nurseries, breastfeed more easily and have more affectionate mothers in the postpartum period.
At least two prenatal visits with you to insure that you are comfortable with me and to be able to get to know each other. In these meetings we would go over questions that you may have for me, and also questions that I would have for you in order for me to learn more about what you have in mind for the birth of your baby.
I would be on call to you from week 37 continuing on until the birth (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). When labor begins, I will be there to support you, either on the phone in the very early stages, at your home if you choose to have me there and continuous support to you while in the hospital. I would stay with you for one to two hours postpartum, to help with breastfeeding (if you are deciding to do that) and to help you transition into your new role as parents.
I will also come to visit you a few weeks after you have arrived home in order to make sure things are going well, Mom and baby are feeling well (both physically and emotionally), and to go over the labor and birth in general.
I have previous experience with
Clients on bed rest
Families conceiving with ART and IVF
Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
Plus size mothers
Postpartum mood disorders
I am Rebozo Certified! This is a great tool for laboring moms!
What is a Rebozo? “Rebozo” means “shawl” in Spanish. It’s a traditional Mexican shawl about 4-5 feet in length. It is a multifunctional tool used before labor, used to help laboring women birth and used for carrying your baby around after birth!
helps you relax in-between contractions (to some women it feels like they are being swaddled, and gently hugged)
relaxes tight ligaments during pregnancy and in labor
helps rotate baby’s body into an optimal position and helps “drop the baby into the pelvis” (ESPECIALLY if you’ve had more than one pregnancy… it’s AWESOME for those second, third, fourth-time moms.)
provides back-pain relief
helps realign the pelvis in a way that helps your baby move further down (or realigns the baby into the pelvis to help your baby move further down, either way, it’s a good thing.)
helps provide a tool for comfort that is often overlooked.
Gives mom’s different pushing /positioning options for 2nd stage of labor.
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