The word doula is a Greek word meaning women’s servant. Women have been serving other women in childbirth for many centuries and have proven that support from another woman has a positive impact on the labor process.
A birth doula is a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical and informational support to the mother who is expecting, is experiencing labor, or has recently given birth. The doula’s purpose is to help women have a safe, memorable and empowering birthing experience.
Numerous studies have documented the benefits of having a doula present during labor. A recent Cochrane Review, Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth, showed a very high number of positive birth outcomes when a doula was present. With the support of a doula, women were less likely to have pain relief medications administered, less likely to have a cesarean birth, and reported having a more positive childbirth experience.
A postpartum doula provides evidenced based information on subjects such as infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, mother–baby bonding, infant soothing, and basic newborn care.
A postpartum doula is there to help a new family in those first days and weeks after bringing home a new baby. Research shows that moms, dads and babies have an easier time with this transition if a good support team is in place.
The postpartum doula offers many services to her clients, but her main goals are to help “mother the mother”, and nurture the entire family as they transition into life with a newborn. This might include ways to make mom and dad feel more confident in their roles, sharing education on family adjustment and tending to the unique needs of a new mother.
The main objectives of my Childbirth Education Classes are:
To cultivate an empowering, positive and safe community with the purpose of deepening our understanding of childbirth.
To impart evidence based knowledge regarding pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum period.
Childbirth education classes build confidence in your body’s ability to give birth. You can discuss your fears about labor and birth with the instructor and other couples with the same concerns. Your partner will learn about childbirth and how to support you before, during and after birth. Attending childbirth classes together will create a special bond. Among other topics, we will focus on:
Stages of labor
Coping techniques and pain relief options, including massage, relaxation, breathing, and meditation.
The classes are taught in a group or a private settings. Please contact me about the dates, times and costs.