The word Doula has its origins as an ancient Greek word meaning female servant. Doula has evolved to mean a woman knowledgeable about childbirth and who provides continuous labour support.
A doula is well educated about various medical procedures used in pregnancy and childbirth and can provide information about these before and during the labour and birth.
A doula is trained in how to provide comfort, support, and encouragement to the labouring woman. She helps to include the woman's partner in the birthing experience.
A Doula assists in establishing breastfeeding and can offer some troubleshooting advice.
From Klaus and Kennell Study: How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter and Healthier Birth. 1993
50% reduction in the cesarean rate
25% shorter labour
60% reduction in epidural requests
40% reduction in oxytocin use
30% reduction in analgesia use
40% reduction in forceps delivery
|Initial consultation; getting to know each other
Two prenatal visits; addressing any concerns, creating a birth plan
24 hour telephone access
Labour and delivery support; continuous support
One postnatal visit; help with breastfeeding, addressing any concerns
As a doula I can help provide emotional and physical support as well as information to help mom and partner make informed decisions.
I do not take the place of the birthing woman's partner but will encourage and support the partner in becoming part of the birthing process.
I offer continuous labour and delivery support. Massage, visualization, and positioning are some of the techniques that I use. I believe in a woman's ability to give birth.
I am the mother of three beautiful children, all whom have been breastfed, and a Global Birth Institute trained doula.
I created OceanSide Doula Services in July of 2003 as a way to fulfill the need for professional birthing support, for women and their partners.
I trained as a Medical Office Assistant in 1998. It was a natural draw towards pregnancy and infants that changed my career path as well as an interest in helping mothers achieve the birth they desire.
2218 Wellington Rd East
Phone: (250) 753-5889
The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin
The Birth Book by William and Martha Sears
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International staff