What Does a Doula do for you?
Informational Support – Avoid Google. Ask your Doula.
I can help keep you and your partner informed through each milestone of your pregnancy and postpartum journey. I can also help you find evidence based information about different options in pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. A Doula is an unbiased resource. NEVER a source.
Emotional Support – Your emotions and fears deserve attention.
A Doula is a continuous comforting presence offering reassurance and encouragement, showing a caring and empathetic attitude and helping you and your partner work through fears and self doubt about pregnancy and birth. Debriefing after birth is another way a Doula can support you emotionally.
Physical Support – Facilitating the birth of your dreams.
A short list of ways a Doula can support you physically is as follows:
- Massage/counter pressure
- Position changes and suggestions for optimal labour progression
- Assisting with a TENS machine
- Create a calming environment (lights, curtains, etc)
- Aroma Therapy
- Water therapy (bath, shower)
- Hydrating and feeding birther
- Hands on infant feeding support
Whatever you need to feel physically comfortable and supported in birth, a Doula can assist you with!
NOT within my scope
It is not within my scope to give medical advice. I only present the evidence based facts and facilitate discussion so that you can advocate and make medical decisions for yourself. I do not drive clients or their baby(ies) in my car UNLESS it is an emergency. I do not and am not qualified to perform any medical procedures including, but not limited to cervical checks, blood pressure checks, fetal heart rate monitoring, delivering/catching the baby etc. I am NOT and do NOT replace a Health Care Provider such as a Midwife or OB. I do not under any circumstances attend “free (unassisted)” births. I adhere carefully to the parameters of my scope for the safety and security of myself, you, your partner and your baby(ies).