What is a Doula?
The word Doula comes from Greek, meaning “women’s servant”. Another expression that I like is that a Doula is a “birth mother”, the one who is there for you, always.
A Doula is a person who offers emotional and physical support to women during pregnancy and childbirth.
Doulas are not medical professionals. They don't deliver babies or provide medical care. A certified doula has taken a training program and passed an exam in how to help pregnant women and their families during this exciting but challenging experience.
how does it work?
Before childbirth, I will typically:
Meet with you and your husband during pregnancy.
Teach you relaxation and breathing skills, I am also a qualified Pregnancy Yoga Teacher.
Answer your questions about the birthing process.
Help you understand labor and delivery procedures and possible complications.
Help you develop a birth plan.
Prepare you mentally to this important experience.
During labour, I will:
Stay with you constantly to provide comfort and support.
Reassure you that everything is ok and encourage you whatever your birth choices may be.
Use breathing techniques, massage and touch to help you relax and rest.
Help you get into comfortable positions.
Help you get adequate nutrition and fluids.
Help communicate your preferences to the medical staff.
Involve and reassure the dad-to-be.