A certified Birth Doula is a trained and experienced non medical birth professional, one who provides evidence based information, continuous physical, and emotional support to the mother/family before, during, and after birth.
"The role of a doula is to be a birth companion, a birth sister, and guardian of the sacred space of birth. The doula provides support to a birthing person, baby, and family during pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum. As each birthing person, baby, and birth is unique, the role of a doula must evolve and adapt to support each birth optimally for the best needs of the mother and baby. It is our role as doulas to sense the needs of our clients, utilizing our intuition and knowledge, and provide the information, guidance, and arts for the families we work with to empower themselves to birth with confidence, grace and in the space of a loving community ". Kara maria ananda
BIRTH DOULA SUPPORT the care provided:
-Recognizes birth as a key experience the individual will remember all for life.
-Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a birthing person in labor.
-Assists the birthing person in preparing for and carrying out their plans for birth.
-Stays with the birthing person throughout the labor/birth process.
-Encourages the partner to participate at his/her comfort level, providing support, suggestions, and relief.
-Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as facilitates communication between the birthing person, partner, and clinical care providers to ensure all information is received in order to make informed decisions, informed consent.
BIRTH DOULA SUPPORT, why the care is needed:
Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula's presence at birth:
-Tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications.
-Reduces the need for pitocin (a labor inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and/or cesareans.
-Reduces the request for pain medication.
-Reduces negative feelings about one's childbirth experience.
RESEARCH SHOWS PARENTS WHO RECEIVE SUPPORT FROM A BIRTH DOULA:
-Feels more secure and cared for.
-Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics.
-Have greater success with breastfeeding/chestfeeding.
-Have greater self confidence, self accomplishment.
BIRTH DOULA SUPPORT, booking care:
The PRENATAL'S + BIRTH SUPPORT Package :
-A complimentary consultation, a no obligation phone call, text, email or face to face meet up, to ensure my offerings match the birth you envision.
-Telephone and email support from point of purchase
-2 pre-birth meetups, to discuss the physiology of birth, the journey of your body and babe, birth preferences, discuss/process concerns, worries, or fears, discuss and formulate your birth intentions/plan, discuss comfort measures/coping skills , the use of acupressure, massage, herbs, and aromatherapy, discuss postpartum planning, Infant feeding support, breastfeeding education, support for formula/bottle feeding.
-24/7 on call starting at 37wks to birth.
–Back up doula care is provided through The Doula Care Collective at no additional charge, in the case I'm at a birth, ill, or experiencing an emergency. This back up plan provides you with complete coverage and support. Monthly gatherings are held for all new/current/previous clients (and their families) to come meet the back ups available and have a great time with other new families. .
-Continuous physical, emotional support during all stages of labor, birth and immediate postpartum.
–1 in home postpartum visits once you are ready for our presence to check on feeding progress, provide general newborn tips, promote healing and rest, answer questions, and give reassurance.
–2 weeks of follow up text check ins where you are encouraged to ask questions, request resources as needed, and vent or celebrate as you navigate your experience with us by your side.
I'm committed to making birth, postpartum, breastfeeding/chestfeeding support accessible and affordable for all. So regardless of your current financial situation, payment plans available, reach out with any and all inquires.
Doula Care is Essential Care...in response to Covid-19
THE VIRTUAL BIRTH PACKAGE: Your Birth Coach, virtual prenatal visits including all mentioned topics as above, continuous emotional/informative/educational support though out pregnancy; access to all handouts/lending library/resources; support via phone calls/facetime, email and/or text during labor + birth (no physical support), virtual postpartum meetings & 2 weeks of follow up as mentioned above.