Doula/Lactation Support/Postnatal Body Care
Nurturing your confidence and empowering moments for your magical journey.
WHAT IS A DOULA?
Doula (/ˈduːlə/) is a Greek word which means a woman who serves.
A Labor & Birth Doula provides emotional, physical, and evidence-based educational support to the birthing families throughout pregnancy, labor, and birth. A doula coaches you and gives you tools to make informed decisions and achieve an empowering birth in a broken medical system in the United States. A doula's support is non-medical and non-judgmental that bridges
a gap between the medical system and birthing families.
Benefits of having a labor support person is clinically proven: 28% less likely to have a caesarean section; 31% less likely to use synthetic oxytocin to speed up labor; 9% less likely to use any pain medication; and 34% less likely to rate their childbirth experience negatively. Many studies show that using continuous support during childbirth results in a better emotional and physical outcome.
A doula would be able to help you with questions and concerns such as:
"What happens in labor and how will I know ?"
"I'm simply scared of birth.... so is my partner! "
"I want to avoid medical interventions as much as I can..."
"My provider said 'induction,' but what really are my options??"
"How can my partner (who tends to get panicked) help me during labor?
"I had a traumatic birth in the past. I want to feel safe and positive this time...."
Whatever your birth preference might be, a doula helps you navigate with compassion so you can have an empowering labor and birth.
A Postpartum Doula provides emotional, practical, and evidence-based educational support to the families during the first 12 weeks following the birth (the 4th trimester). Doulas are professionally trained in postpartum adjustment, newborn characteristics, feeding, development, and the promotion of parent-infant bonding. A doula offers non-judgmental support and companionship to the family. What a doula does not do is a clinical tasks or diagnosis as she is not licensed for it. Also a doula is a different from a baby nurse or babysitter instead, she integrates the baby with the family.
In many traditional cultures, families and neighbors come to a home of a birthing mother to help with housekeeping and educations while they give the mother plenty of time to rest, recover, and become independent as a new mother.
Research shows women who experience support during postpartum period have:
a greater success at breastfeeding,
less postpartum depression,
and lower incidents of abuse than those who do not.
There is an abundance of medical help, innovative baby gear to help ease parenting, and a confusing amount of online resources out there, but hands-on in-home support by the village tends to be missing from our modern societies.
Doulas are here to recreate the village by filling in the “gap” of different roles.
What Clients Say:
- Anjeet & Brandon