The role of the birth doula is to provide emotional, physical, and informational support to the birthing woman. The birth doula is a non-medical professional trained in childbirth and all that the birthing woman may need to assist and nurture her (and her partner!) in the birthing experience. She may use tools to support a birthing woman, such as massage, breath work, birth balls and peanuts, music, meditation, aromatherapy, and positioning suggestions. The doula is a source of encouragement, familiarity, and wisdom in the birth room. The doula is attuned to detail and emotions, well-read, and keeps up to date on the latest evidence-based birth research and findings.
Having a doula attend your birth can reduce:
It has been noted that a woman rates her birth experience as positive if she feels supported, well cared for, and allowed to be a part of the decision making process during the birth. A birth doula respects the birthing woman’s choices and assists the mother in having HER birth.
Having a birth doula attend your birth helps you have a positive experience that you will want to recount for years to come.
The postpartum doula is an evidence-based trained professional that nurtures the family following the birth. She offers non-judgmental support, encouragement, and a listening ear to aide in this transitional time. The postpartum doula comes to the home during the fourth trimester (the first three months after birth) to provide non-medical care to the mother and family by:
A postpartum doula does not solely care for the baby/babies, but allows the clients to take on parenting by being well-informed and supported while the doula takes on some of the other tasks. The doula knows that YOU are the expert on your baby and is there to support you emotionally and practically during this time of transition.
Having a postpartum doula accompany families at this time has shown to:
Hiring a postpartum doula to assist you at home is a gift of support for you and your family.