Doula Services

2007_07212007may0140What do doulas do?

  • Provide continuous emotional support and physical comfort throughout pregnancy, labor and delivery and postpartum.
  • Help women to have shorter labors with a decrease in interventions and less need for drugs
  • Help formulate a birth plan which helps to facilitate dialogue between a woman and her healthcare provider
  • Will join you in labor WHENEVER you are ready for help, whether you are still at home or in the hospital
  • Teach women and their partners coping strategies: breathing, visualization, positions, acupressure, massage
  • Provide tips for dealing with difficult situations
  • Work as a member of your healthcare team
  • Support your choices whatever they may be
  • Help women to develop confidence
  • Advocate for the mother, by helping her find her own voice (not by speaking for her)
  • Videotaping or photographing the birth

Additional benefits to the birth partner:

  • Education of birth partner before, during, and after pregnancy
  • Reassurance that the processes of birth are normal and desirable
  • Continuous presence during the labor encourages the partner to participate at his/her own comfort level
  • During a long labor will ensure that the birth partner has the rest and nourishment they need

I will be using pain medication, do I still need a doula? As your doula, I will:

  • Provide information about options
  • Be reassuring and nurturing
  • Give you a massage
  • Help with breathing and pushing
  • Give your partner a break
  • Help and assist with breastfeeding

I am scheduling a Cesarean birth, do I still need a doula?

  • I will provide information about Cesarean births and options you may have
  • Attend you in the operating room (with Doctors’ permission) and stay with you when your partner leaves to go with baby
  • Take photos and video (if allowed)
  • Help establish breastfeeding

 

 

 

"Birth is not only about making babies,

birth is about making mothers....strong,

competent, capable mothers who trust

themselves and know their inner strength."

~Barbara Katz Rothman~

 

Contact me at: 406-239-0546 or christina@mamalovemassage.com