Your doctor or midwife is primarily concerned with you and your baby’s physical well-being, just as they should be. But birth is more than blood pressure checks and centimeters of dilation, more than contractions and monitors. Research shows that the continuous support of a trained birth doula significantly affects birth outcomes (httpss://evidencebasedbirth.com/the-evidence-for-doulas/).
Just how does a doula have such a profound impact? What a doula does –
Birth is physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally consuming for you and your partner. It is a whole-body, whole-person event, and there are more than physical needs to be addressed! The more secure, respected, cared-for, and connected you feel, the more you are able to relax. The more you are able to relax, the more efficient and comfortable your laboring will be.
It is my goal to ensure that you and your partner are well prepared, informed, and supported. As your doula, I provide comfort measures, massage, encouragement, information, suggestions for position changes, and a continuous, calming, and reassuring presence throughout your labor.
One of the challenges of birth is navigating the unfamiliar and sometimes uncomfortable environment of the hospital or birth center. In the intensity of labor, you may find it difficult to know just how things are supposed to be, and what the right decisions are. I will help you understand your options, and fully support the decisions you make. While it is not my role to speak for you, I can help you clarify your needs and wishes so you can communicate them clearly. Perhaps most comforting, I am the one member of the care team that doesn’t leave to check on another mama, or to come back when you’re closer to birthing your baby. There are no shift changes for this doula. See Packages for more information.