Who needs a doula?
Any family can hire a doula for their birth. A doula helps new parents-to-be navigate the numerous childbirth practices in place and know what their choices are.
A family wanting a safe, healthy birth can hire a doula to make sure the birthing mother is educated on labor and pushing positions--and to help her use them--to ensure an open pelvis for her baby to descend.
A family preparing for a cesarean birth can hire a doula to provide them with resources for breastfeeding, bonding, and a family-centered birth, to counter or avoid altogether any challenges or separation following surgery.
A single or young mother can rely on a doula to support her choices, be her consultant and birth partner, and show her all the wonderful things about her birthing body that she may not hear elsewhere.
Just as some people hire a wedding planner for their big event, a tour guide to show them around, or a lawyer to represent them in court, a doula is the most knowledgeable and experienced person at your birth who doesn't work for anyone but you.
What will I do?
I will meet with you twice during pregnancy. We use this time to cover expectations, coping techniques, birth options, birth plan, partner involvement, postpartum arrangements, break-glass scenarios, and any other issues that arise, affecting your birth.
I will ask the right questions and help you find answers.
I will push you to put the most effort into your priorities.
I will learn everything I can about you that will help me be what you need at your birth.
I will work with your partner so that (s)he will want me there as much as you do.
I will help you locate a provider, childbirth class, lactation educator and/or consultant, chiropractor, acupuncturist, new baby care class, or postpartum assistance, as needed.
If you request it, I will lead you in a Labor Whispering session to help bring release & focus to your upcoming birth.
I will go on call at 38 weeks and remain available 24/7 until you give birth.
I will bring everything I have to help you emotionally and physically achieve a birth you will cherish.
I will talk you through your choices again and again so that you feel confident that you've made the best ones.
I will guide you around those "corners" in birth when you can't see far enough ahead to know that you will make it.
I will stay until I see you take a few bites of a meal and lay your head back on your pillow in release.
I will help guide your hands as you feed your baby for the very first time.
I will leave you with an easy-access list of referrals, should you need them in the first few days.
I will meet you at home to prepare the way for a healing postpartum.
"I have roots stretched in the earth
growing stronger since my birth
you'll never touch them, for you see
they are the deepest part of me."
- "The Oak Tree" by Johnny Ray Rider, Jr. -